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Saturday, March 12, 2016

The city by the river......


Rain was in Friday's forecast for early afternoon, so we decided to get out for our walk/hike by 1030 hours.  Once again we hiked to the top of Rubidoux doing the walk clockwise as we had a couple of days before.  We both felt strong as we began the hike, and TLE set a pretty good pace.  As we worked our way to the top the wind presaging the arrival of the front bringing in the rain began to pick up significantly, which caused it to begin to cool down quickly.  By this time our brisk walking pace had us both at a good operating temperature, and the rapid cooling did not bother us a bit.  


I made it to the top a couple of minutes before TLE......that steep grade (probably close to 8%) for the last .6 miles to the top got to her pretty quickly and she began to slowly drop back..........


......while I awaiting TLE's arrival at the summit I took a few pictures, and then an 'usie' when she arrived......


.....she stopped her walk for just a couple of seconds for the shot, and we were off to the downhill.  Now, I'm pretty good at going uphill, but TLE is very hard to keep up with on the downhill....we arrived back at the car having covered 3.5 miles in just 55 minutes and 44 seconds shattering our previous record just set two days prior (59.11).  We average just under 3.8 mph on our walk......'just like horses for the barn' as my father was want to say.

We were back home just before 1200 hours and settled in awaiting the forecast rain.....it did not arrive early afternoon, but by 1500 hours it was pouring 'cats and dogs'....


.....the rain continued for about 2.5 hours before abating around 1730.....very timely, because I had been tasked with grilling two filets on the Sea-B-Que.....by the time the BBQ was ready for the steaks things were beginning to dry out, and the sun had broken through, albeit briefly as it was nearing sundown.  TLE prepared two veggie sides for the filets.....grilled asparagus (grilled right alongside the steaks) and broiled zucchini (in the oven broiler).  Everything was deliciously seasoned.....we chased our dinner fare with some Old Vine Zinfandel. 

We only have a few more weeks in Riverside, and we both agree we will miss hiking to the summit of Mt. Rubidoux.....in fact we will miss all of the wonderful outdoor opportunities here in this city by the river.

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