Sunday, April 8, 2018


6:32 am - Sunday - April 8th - SoCal - 58º F, 83% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the west.....overcast with a forecast high today of 80º F.  The forecast for Monday shows the temp shooting up to 94º F and then 91º F on Tuesday before it slips back into the 80's and 70's again.

Saturday began with NO marine layer....the first time in almost a week.....we had sun streaming through the windows when we awoke......nice!  Once again we had no big plans other than watching The Masters beginning at 12 pm.  

For once I got an early start on my bike ride and was on my Cannondale riding westward on the Pacific Electric Trail before 10 am.  Again, I had no idea how far I would ride, but it seemed like a day to take a slightly shorter ride so I set my sights on Cherry Ave. for my turnaround.  Cherry Ave. is almost exactly 5.5 miles from the Elks Lodge which would make my total distance somewhere around 11 miles.  I've been hovering around average speeds on my first four rides rides in the 14 mph range.  I decided to see if I could kick it up a little and maybe get my average up to 14.5  mph.  It was a perfect day with no wind, or breeze whatsoever so I was able to push a little harder than I have been.  Usually when I make my turnaround I'm around 12.8 to 13.0 mph average.......when you ride westward on the PET* you are gaining elevation all the way, which keeps the average speed down.  On Saturday I was at 13.7 when I made the turn, and by the time I pulled into the Elks Lodge parking lot my average was up to 14.6 mph......, the vital statistics for my Saturday ride are: 11.2 miles covered in 46 minutes with an average speed of 14.6 mph, and total caloric units consumed at 668.  So far I've covered 82 miles on the PET* this time around, and now have my goal of 100 miles well in sight.

I was back at the Newell just before noontime.....TLE already had the TV tuned to the local CBS channel for the beginning of televised coverage of The Masters, and we quickly settled in watching the day at Augusta National unfold.  It began with a light rainfall which ultimately let up.  The rain softened up the greens and the golf scores reflected that.  At the end of the day numerous players posted red figures, and several came in at 7 under par for the day.  Patrick Reed continues to lead all players, and is 3 strokes up on Rory McElroy with a number of other golfers within 6, or 7 strokes.  Sunday should be a barn burner to say the least.

We met our kids and their families at Zendejas Mexican Grill in Rancho Cucamonga at 4 pm for dinner.  Zendejas has been one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants for over 25 years.  We had a wonderful time visiting with our kids and their kids, and the food, as always, was unforgettable.  By 6 pm we were on our way home for the evening with big smiles of satisfaction spread across our respective faces.

Thanks for stopping by!

*PET = Pacific Electric Trail

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