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Oh wow, a full two years since my last update! Thank goodness for Twitter, you might have though’t I’d passed away.
It has really gone by quickly, my 5th veganiversary was just earlier this month! I’m so happy and thankful to say that it has been nothing but an amazingly positive experience.
I’m in the Santa Cruz area now, working and living at a farm. I’m still riding bikes, though not nearly as much as before because I’ve got no commute! I bought a sweet old van last year too (I think I might have tweeted some pictures of it), so I can use that to go to town for groceries and stuff. I have to admit, it feels pretty good to ride purely for enjoyment.
A big project I’ve been working on the past few years has been songwriting, and I’m really happy to say that just yesterday I was able to upload some songs I’ve been recording over the last few months. It’s called Green Waves, and can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/greenwavesmusic
In other vegan news, I have to give a shout out to my amazingly awesome girlfriend of almost one year now! She is vegan too, an amazing cook, musicican, friend, and all-around inspiration to me. I’m typing this from her room where she’s allowed me (and Uno) to move in and take over her desk with an impromptu music studio while I’m on vacation from work. Love you babe, you’re the best!
So I’ve got some big plans for the site… I want to go on a huge bike ride! Big surprise? I met a guy once on a ride who was going to all 50 states (48? I’d wanna do 50..) and I haven’t been able to shake that idea ever since. I’d love to rep veganism the whole way with a sweet jersey or even a flag (I wonder if Uno would like to ride in a kiddie trailer.. hmm, might need a catsitter) and would really love to raise some money for charity! So I’m gonna look into Kickstarter and some other avenues for fundraisisng, but I’m thinking this could maybe really actually happen? So stay tuned for that. Also if you have any insight, ideas and/or advice for this type of thing I would love to hear it (if you are Josh Hooten, you may be hearing from me in the near future)!
So that was probably the biggest and furthest unassisted haul I’ve done. It was a doozy for sure, but fun (especially in retrospect).
Well now I’ve got this sweet electric motor kit from E+ Electric Bikes on my bike, which is a whole nother story. It’s a trade-off in many ways, but overall I can definitely do a lot more work with it. And though it has its fair share of unique frustrations, mostly it’s a much faster (funner?) ride. Here it is loaded up with veggies from Wormy Acres Farm.
Here’s another garden update, you know you love them!
Also I got a sweet new bike trailer! I’ve been using it like crazy, continuing my weekly voyages up to Wormy Acres Farm. Just today I did my first bike delivery of CSA shares for the Cal Poly Organic Farm. My co-worker Theo took some pics.
Yum!! I’ve really been enjoying artichokes this year. I just boil them with garlic, salt, lemon juice, and a bay leaf. I leave on as much of the stem as possible and dip them in some kind of sauce. So far I’ve eaten them with Goddess dressing, spicy peanut sauce, and my popcorn sauce mixture (sriracha, nutritional yeast, shoyu, and melted Earth Balance) all of which were pretty darn good.
I’ve been using my bike trailer like crazy, making weekly trips up to Wormy Acres Farm hauling compost one way and veggies the other. I’ve also been doing restaurant deliveries for the Cal Poly Organic Farm.
I’ve got a 5 foot Heavy Duty Hybrid Cargo trailer on the way from Tony’s Trailers. It should be here on Monday, I’m very excited!
That’s about it for now, until next time.
I rode about 250 miles over five days, which was a really nice enjoyable pace. I used regional buses a few times also, which was super convenient and a nice way to cover some ground quickly.
I unfortunately also did a pretty slacky job of photo documentation, but here are some highlights:
I started by taking the bus to Hearst Castle, which gave me a nice early start and big boost up the coast by 8:15 in the morning.
I saw some elephant seals.
And some very bold squirrels. I was about six inches away.
And some cows.
Here’s my bike in Gorda. There were a ton of wildflowers all over the place so I had a couple bouquets going. Unfortunately there were no llamas here, though I did get to see some later!
I camped in Big Sur that night, about 70 miles north of where I started.
The weather was really beautiful the whole trip. There was a little rain the next morning in Big Sur (it seemed appropriate) but everything dried up pretty quickly once I got into Carmel. That day I made it up to New Brighton State Beach, about another 70 miles. They had a bicycle-only camp section which was really nice and grassy, and close to the ocean.
The next day was the potluck, and I was freaking stuffed. Holy crap all of the food was so amazing, sorry to make you jealous but PPK potlucks are the shizz.
That evening I made it down to Sunset Beach in Watsonville, where a bunch of rad people were camping for the first night of the Santa Cruz Bike Church Bike Tour.
This one dude Josh built (like from scratch) this amazing freaking rig called a “Small-Haul” which I’ll just let you look at. And his dog rides in front! Genius!
There was like a dozen of them at that point and that was supposed to almost double by the next day. I really wanted to ride with them because I’m sure it would have been awesome, but needing to make it farther than they were headed I just passed out early and got an early start the next day.
I made it down to Monterey that following morning just in time to catch the bus to Big Sur for a burrito at lunchtime, fixed a flat tire, and then stopped for the first time a bit down the road at the Henry Miller Library. This place is really incredible. I bought Big Sur and the Oranges of Heironymus Bosch (also seemed appropriate), my first Henry Miller book and I am really enjoying it so far. I think I’m going to make a special trip back up there to by Tropic of Cancer when I’m done with this one.
Here is some of their lawn art.
I then continued on to Kirk Creek, for a total of about 80 miles that day. The sunset that night was pretty epic, here’s the view from sitting at my campsite picnic table.
The next morning I rode about 30 miles back down to San Simeon, and then caught the bus back home. Success!
Getting amped to go on a bike trip this weekend up to Santa Cruz and back via Big Sur, so I decided to make my own energy bars.
I forget where I first saw this idea, it was on a blog post about imitating Lara Bars. But yeah, medjool dates are a wonderful thing.
The first variation is like a PB&J flavor with the dates, dried cranberries, and peanuts.
I basically just kept cutting everything together with a big knife until it was all small and stuck together well, and voila!
The next variation was pretty awesome. It’s carob chips, dried apricots, and a crazy nut mix (almonds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pecans, soybeans, peanuts, etc.)
For this one I started by chopping up the apricots really small and grinding up the nut mix in a blender. Then I put the carob chips in a casserole dish over very low heat to melt them down a little bit. Once ithey were pretty melty I dumped the other stuff in, mixed it all around, and then flattened it out. After a few hours in the fridge it was ready to be cut up into bars. Bad picture, but these babys are gonna be good!
Clif Bars eat your heart out!
Just kidding Clif Bars you know I love you.
I had a really nice bike ride today with my brother and another buddy. Dang the weather was beautiful. We started at Highway 1 and Old Creek Road just south of Cayucos, rode north to Highway 46, up 46 to Old creek Road, and down Old Creek road to Highway 1 right back where we started. It was about 34 miles, and 3,600 feet of climbing. I started the day with a nice big bowl of açaí-apple granola with a banana and soymilk, and a glass of OJ (See? Now I’m finally tying this this thing all together!).
Then a little later I ate a few bagels with Tofutti cream cheese and strawberries and rode back home about 18 miles to San Luis.
Note: All pictures taken while riding my bike, unless otherwise noted. I’m a crazy bike photographer. Is that a desirable trait?
Here we are about to turn up 46.
Near the top, I swear you could see Morro Rock but my camera couldn’t pick it up.
I ❤ this bike.
I actually cranked her up to 41.8 on one of the last hills. It’s a new record. Man, I just bought that little computer and I’ve already scratched it up so bad, poor thing.
Old Creek Road is really pretty.
Here’s a new one for my “pictures taken w/ animals while riding a bicycle” series.
There was actually about a dozen of these guys and gals right by the fence, even a couple babies. I wished I would have stopped to take more pictures, they were really amazing!
I took a picture of this cool crane like a quarter mile before the Cayucos sign the day before.
Total for ’09: 318.5
I painted my bike this weekend!
I’m pretty stoked on how it turned out. I just cut out a few different stencils and sprayed three different colors.
My mileage for this week:
Total for ’09: 213.5
So here’s my first weeks tally:
During the week everything was pretty much school or work-related, with a couple rides just for fun. Then on Sunday I rode up to Atascadero and hung out for a bit. You get to go through this sweet tunnel under the freeway at the bottom of the grade.
Riding up and at the top. It was windy as all hell.
I was stoked to ride down 41 for the first time to the ocean. It was a pretty sweet cruise, all downhill from about 1,500 feet.
I got on the road about 9:00 this morning to ride back to SLO and it was even windier than yesterday. I almost got blown off the road once.. Then I start to hear a funny noise and sure enough a few miles past Morro Bay my chain totally busts. But it worked out as I was able to hitch a ride into town pretty quickly quick in the back of this nice older lady’s truck, which was really fun and illegal but it was her idea.
So week one is a grand total of 107 miles!
I was hoping I would get about 100 a week to keep it interesting. I hope this wind doesn’t stick around much longer though.