Chores is the theme of this visit to my parents--painting and driving almost every day. I've been riding some short rides of 3-5 miles, but the last two days this weekend I've gone a bit longer on my rides--twelve to fifteen miles. Today is Sunday, and I rode to Riverview Park along the Feather River.
I started with the 5.5-mile ride into Oroville. Stopping at the Subway for an avocado and cheese sub, I then did something unusual and stopped by Lots'a Java for a hot white mocha coffee. Riding to the river park, I ate half the sandwich and drank about two thirds of the coffee. (I tossed the rest of the coffee, wanting to sleep some tonight.) I then rode along the river on the park's trail for several miles. Returning home, I had a wonderful three and a half hour ride, finishing my sandwich when I arrived home.
Here are some photos of the day.
|On the way to the river: California poppies in April|
|Just after stopping for a snack. Winter-pale but spring-happy.|
|On the Feather River trail--along with many others.|
|A pond down river from the park. Note my Iowa-white legs.|
|Just an Oroville boy fitting in: safari hat, "homeless" basket, and bandolier bike chain.|
|Love the Mediterranean climate foliage and the river sounds.|
I'll be taking my folding bike back to Iowa in a few days, returning by Amtrak. Spending a week and a half on the sofa in the front room of my parents' mobile home, it's good to get away on the bicycle and enjoy a little exercise, fresh air, and silence. It's been a beautiful spring visit.
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