Remodel, two bike rides, and some backpack plans
Two plus weeks on Kaua`i, and only about one afternoon actually felt like it would count as vacation (a visit to Allerton Gardens). We (Deb and I) more or less remodeled my Mom's condo in Lihue. Came out great. I'll link to some photos once I put them in a more public place.
I got to do two more bike rides lately -- one on the 3rd or so, where Ben & Marty & I rode from Rincon, up U-Conn into UCSC, across the top of UCSC into Wilder, down Chinquapin and the east side of the Big Meadow, across Old Cabin, and then the long, long climb up Long Meadow. It's all covered with large gravel these days, icky to ride up. Ben and I were in crappy enough shape that we walked up. Still icky. Gorgeous day, though, and great scenery. Amazing amount of time without seeing anyone.
The second ride was mostly paved -- Ben rode the road bike. We started in kinda the western edge of Scotts Valley, near where Lockwood hits Graham Hill Road. Rode a mile and a half down G.H.R's bike-lane-less narrow shoulder, to that end of Pipeline Road. Then we could take Pipeline across the park (Henry Cowell) to park HQ. Some cops were driving on that end of the road, looking for a guy with a dog. We never got the story on why. We road through Roaring Camp, out to GHR, across to Conference Road, and then up through the Conference Center area, and along the landslide singletrack that connects over to Mount Hermon Road. Then it's a reasonably gentle climb back up Lockwood to GHR.
Next up: tomorrow night, we head for Tuolomne Meadows to see whether we can get a permit for the 18-mile semiloop backpack from there to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp. Wish us luck.