Haven't been able to ride so I gotta do something bike related!..We had a forum ride planned for today but it was cancelled due to excessive smoke in the area. 72 miles would have been fun. We were planning to take the tandem this time. Haven't been on it much this year but rode it a couple of times in the last two weeks. Feeling has seemed to have come back easily so we figured it would be good on the forum ride. I had it all cleaned up and waxed but no ride! We did really well last on our tandem ride last week so I think today would have been fun. Couldn't ride os I took pics instead!
If you've never been on one, give it a try if you ever get a chance. They haul arse! Climbing is a (you know what) but we've done it! Down hills are, well, nobody stays on our wheel, that's for sure! Takes a bit of practice to get in synch, but it's well worth the practice. We've hit 56 mph on the dowhill before. That was in a matter of 1/4 of a mile wihtout pedaling. Now that I think about it, too fast for comfort. Bike was super stable compared to a single but one must worry about losing the shades or helmet at this speed. I think of what might happen so haven't tried to hit a personal best on the DH, safety first when it comes to having Gina on the bike!
Didn't get a chance to ride yesterday either. Drove down to the trail for a ride. It was windy, blowing about 30-40 but what the heck, we're on the tandem. Coast was clear on the drive down. When we parked we notice the smell of smoke, almost taste it! I didn't feel safe about it knowing the area's history when it comes to fires and wind so we headed home.
On the fwy we could see where the fire was, wasn't there on the way out! As we approached our homeland, we could see that the fire had spread across the hills next to the trail we ride. Good thing we decided to run home. The cities along the trail have burned, hundreds of homes lost in local fires. FWYs are still closed. Corona, Brea, Yorba Linda, Chino Hills are all on fire. The cities we travel on the path. Some of our friends live in the areas evacuated. Hope they and their homes are ok!
About 30 minutes after the fire started. View from 30 miles away. We were back to safety. Good thing as people were turning around driving the opposite direction on fwys and offramps to change directions once the fire blocked the fwys.