Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Riverside living....

7:59 am - Tuesday - January 28th - Riverside, CA - 49° F, 57% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the north by northeast......sunny, clear today with a forecast high of 73° F.

After the heavy overcast, and cool temps  on Sunday the weather on Monday was perfect....clear, blue skies with a high in the mid 70's.  We decided to take one of our favorite hikes to the top of Mt. Rubidoux.  There are several trailheads by which you access the trails to the top.  We always begin our hike from the north entrance, which is the main entrance......



.....we have not hiked a lot in the last 9 months, so we were anxious to hit the trail.  Several years ago when we were staying in the Newell at my daughter's property in Riverside we used to do this hike 3-4 times per week.  We got to where we could average almost 4 mph, so I was wondering how we would do after so many years.....



.....in all we covered 3.73 miles, gained just under 400 feet elevation, and averaged 3.5 mph.....not too bad for two 70 year olds!

From there we headed to my son's office in Rancho Cucamonga to drop off a few things from the trailer to store on our shelving there in preparation for our trip to Alaska, then to the local Rubio's Coastal Grill for an early lunch, then to the local Goodwill where we both found something without which we could not live, and then home to Riverside.

While I was at my son's office I retrieved a bike saddle from our Cannondale Tandem.  We own four of these Selle Anatomica ergonomic saddles, which is one of the best, most comfortable saddles we have ever owned.  New they cost close to $200, but are well worth the expense.  Without removing my Haibike from its stowed position I removed the OEM saddle......


.....and then installed the Selle Anatomica saddle.....



.....it is a copper riveted leather seat similar in style to a Brooks saddle, but much more comfortable.....


......one of the revolutionary things about this saddle is you can adjust the ride of the saddle by adjusting the allen screw located in the 'nose' of the saddle.......↴


.....to make the leather looser, or tighter.  Everyone's anatomy is slightly different, so being able customize the fit to your anatomy really is what makes this seat special!

I moved a lot of things around in the trailer to make it easier for TLE to get in and out of the VW, and pulled a few more things out of the trailer to be taken to my son's office.  Now the only stuff up front are the bikes and our firewood for Borrego Springs, and that will be gone before we leave our boondocking site.....



.....the chairs you see in the picture above  where I used to stow my Intense 5.5 MTB used to be stowed along the wall in front of my license plate collection making it difficult for TLE to get in and out of the VW.  The piece of plywood, and the IGLOO ice chest will not be there when we reinsert the VW, so TLE will have a much easier time getting in and out of the car inside the trailer now.


.....I finished with the trailer around 4:30 pm, and headed inside as the daylight was beginning to wane.  We were treated to another interesting sunset as night once again descended upon the Riverside Elks Lodge.



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