Better on Bikes – the end

Tonight was the final Zoom class – whew! Done. You might be able to tell from this picture what might be coming next. Yes, I had a glass of champagne after the final sign-off at about 7 pm. Yes, my sewing machine sits nearby on the floor ready to finish the next sewing project.

Our Zoom moderator, William took this group photo:

Bike rides

Last Thursday, Barbara and I went for a 9-mile ride to check out the new trail which isn’t quite finished.

Today Leo and I went for 19-mile ride to the end of Jackrabbit Trail plus a few added loops through parks and other trails.

Barbara and Leo are Better on Bikes participants who asked for one-on-one rides that also come with a bit of coaching from me.

Office hours

This was the final Sunday office hours for Better on Bikes. Today we practiced a major bike route through the neighborhoods between Arena Blvd and San Juan Rd – if you want to get to the other side of I-5 or ride into Sacramento, you must use these streets.

Bike ride

One of the Better on Bikes participants asked for a one-on-one ride. Barbara and I had a nice 9-mile ride which was actually a pre-ride for a bike trail ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov 20. We discovered there’s still work to be done.

Office Hours

At 10:30, we had the official Better on Bikes office hours. We went for a 6.4 mile bike ride. Everyone is making such great progress in using the skills they’ve been learning.

At the site of a future bicycle-pedestrian bridge over I-5, a 7-million-dollar project.

In the afternoon, I went for a 10-mile ride with Amal and DJ.

Gathering walnuts

This is when you know you have really good friends. They are willing to get dirty and work hard to rake, scoop, and bag LOTS of walnuts on the ground. Justin had the trees shaken about a week ago and they’ve been drying in the sun and wind. Justin wanted to water one last time before the fall rains begin. No time to delay. Yesterday, Merrilyn helped – we got 40 grocery bags-ful. Today, Lucy helped – 48 bags + some sore muscles.

My garage floor:

And there are still 20 bags at Justin’s. Big thanks to Merrilyn and Lucy.

Another bonus, Lucy and Justin got to visit for a while! While we gathered walnuts, Justin was loading hay into the covered area behind Lucy, which used to provide shade for the pigs. These last 3 pigs will be butchered next week; temps have cooled so shade is no longer necessary.

Friday night on Crete Island

Caution. Slow. Kids playing.

Kirk made minestrone, Matt and Colleen brought bread, Sharon brought fudge. Everyone brought their own preferred beverage and it was chilly (by California standards) but so good to be out and visiting with neighbors.

Kirk, Holly, Matt, Colleen