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East Bay Bike Path

February 23nd, 2017 – Thursday

Whatever is going on, I LIKE IT! 60 degrees today, I headed to the bike path. Another wait for the repair guys to fix the fridge, ugh. They showed up as I was putting the bike rack on the car. They slowed me down a little, but not much. I was taking Roadie out, so I had to put air in tires, and gather different shoes and gloves, helmet, sunglasses, jacket and put it all on me, or in the car. Normally I would ride to the bike path, it’s only about 3.3 miles. Today I just wanted to do the path. I could ride and drive to the barn without having to worry about all my barn clothes this time. The ride started off pretty rocky, well bumpy. The tree roots have been getting worse every year. In certain spots, you can see them coming, so you veer left and right as you stand on the pedals, navigating the vengeance of the trees! There are a couple of spots that you just know there is no avoiding them, so you hold the handlebars firm but with some give, keep standing, and take the teeth chattering bumps as they come. I was contemplating turning around it was so bad. It evened out and most of the path ahead was bump free. The wind was at my back, so of course, you know what that meant, I’d have the wind in my face all the way back. I did an 8 mile out and back ride.

The little gem of this ride? … a ‘new to me’ coffee shop right on the bike path. In fact, is was right next to our ‘family favorite destination ride’; that’s where we ride, eat pizza, and ride back! The coffee shop is in a brick building and the aroma draws you in. We are coffee drinkers and even in the summer, we like it HOT! This will be a favorite stop of ours.

Of course, the other gem of this ride is always the scenery.

East Bay Bike Path scenery

Beautiful ocean view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Bay Bike Path scenery

City life in the distance

 

The East Bay Bike Path goes along some of the-most-gorgeous ocean views in the area. And here, you can see all the way to Providence.

 

 

 

 

There are also many inlets where birds flock and fishers fish. Two of the bridges that I’ve always thought were quite ‘hairy’ to ride over, usually have fishermen on them. Worrying about a stray hook and the wooden boards having splinters, keeps me going right down the middle, and I stand, though I’m not sure why I do that. It just makes me feel better. Under both bridges though, the water flows fiercely and has boats on moorings, or tied at the docks, always rocking with the waves.

 

East Bay Bike Path scenery

A bridge to cross

I stop to put on my headband to protect my ears and my gloves for my fingers just after the coffee stop.

East Bay Bike Path scenery

So this is winter?

My usual bathroom stop is not open (I bet they had a restroom at the coffee shop!), so I pedal a bit harder as I churn my legs faster on my journey back to the car.