Thursday, July 31, 2014

3rd Saturday...."the rain, the park, and other things"

Taken from the 1966 song by the Cowsills by the same name.....and that was, in a phrase, our Wednesday.  After working 4 of the previous 5 days it was nice to wake up to "Saturday" again, albeit 3rd Saturday.  

The Rain.......We woke up to a 50% chance of rain looming out there around 1 pm.  The thing about rain here at SLT* is that it rarely seems to come to fruition, but because it does occasionally you must plan for the worst.....makes it a little hard to make plans...especially plans that involve being outdoors like biking, hiking, walking, etc.  Nevertheless, we did make plans to take a bike ride late morning down to "The Commons" where Tahoe Blvd. runs along the lake for about a mile, or so....right at the intersection of Lakeview Ave.   There is a nice park up near the road with grass, trees and shade where you can sit and just enjoy the view looking north towards Tahoe City.


The Park.......We headed out on our single bikes around 11 am, and reached the "Downs" area by 11:20, found a nice picnic table to sit at and just sat there enjoying the view, which, due to the incredible slowness of the internet today, Thursday, I am unable to share with you.  I don't know about you, but I don't have the patience to wait an hour for one picture to upload.

Around Noon we headed back westward about 1 block to "Sprouts" (4.5 stars on Yelp) for a light lunch....we split the Mexican Volcano salad, and each got a smoothie.....Blueberry for TLE, and Strawberry for moi.

I posted this picture of us at Sprouts to Facebook and was 
able to "copy and paste" the URL  very quickly.

About 12:45 we began to hear the distant rumble of thunder, and the sky was beginning to look threatening so we finished our lunch and began the ride back to TVC**.  About half way back to TVC we could feel the temperature dropping fast, and just as we were turning on to Melba Drive we began to feel sprinkles, but managed to arrive back at the coach just before the serious moisture began to fall.  We only covered just over 7 miles, but that was all we had time fun riding in the rain.

And other things.......While we were gone our new bike rack arrived that I had ordered last week from a seller on eBay.  It's made by a company called KUAT.  My mountain biking friend, Paul, had recently gotten one, and loves how light weight it is.......about 27 lbs.  My current Yakima bike rack weighs close to 60 pounds, and I have to have TLE's help to put it on the car, and take it off.....don't want another hernia, right?  I wish I could upload a picture of it, but that is not possible today (remembered I had uploaded it to "copy & paste").

The new bike rack was pretty easy to assemble......the instructions had the bar codes you could scan with your phone which connected you to You Tube Videos showing you how to 1) assemble the bike rack , and 2) how to use it.  I'm a visual guy, so this really came in handy.  Of course, in this case, the written instructions were also very easy to read.

New KUAT SHERPA bike rack courtesy of  "copy & paste"

It continued to sprinkle and rain on and off the rest of the afternoon, so TLE did some wash, and we spent some time reading.  The campground is staying pretty full right now, and it is hard to tell the weekend from the week days anymore, which is why the WiFi, and our mobile broadband stink right now.

Thursday calls for more possible thunder storms, with about a 50% chance of rain around 1 pm, so we'll try to get out and do some more riding before the moisture begins to fall again.

Thanks for stopping by!

* SLT = South Lake Tahoe
** TVC = Tahoe Valley Campground

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