New Year’s (eve) Ride

There’s a place in Walnut Creek I’ve been trying to get out to ride for a while now; Shell Ridge.

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I made inquiries on the RBW forum for directions and also looked at the map offered by the the park and on Google maps. I had an idea of how to drive there and combined with directions given to me from RBW headquarters, I went there today to “investigate.” Found a trail head right across from a parking lot near John Muir Hospital (on LaViaCasa Rd.), hopped on my bike and started pedaling. I maybe rode 1/3 of a mile before I encountered serious hike-a-bike.

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I continued on pushing, down a little, up a lot. The trail was on the top of a ridge and as I came around a corner, I saw another trailhead with parking, and what appeared to be rideable acreage, at least 1/2 mile away (very downhill, no trail), as the crow flies. That’s where I wanted to be.

Back down I rode walked to the car, loaded up again and vowed to find that road that dead ended at the trailhead I’d seen from above. And I did.

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Didn’t get much of a ride in as far as distance, but now I know where to go and I’m looking forward to heading out there again soon to really check out the trails.

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I’m still confused by the directions I received because La Casa Via was the street everyone told me I”d find a trailhead, but I never did. Or at least the right one, anyway.

peace, ks


Solstice Singing

We celebrated the Winter Solstice in San Francisco last night. We had a wonderful middle eastern dinner in Pacific Heights with friends followed by a performance by Kitka. They’ve been around quite awhile and have reached international recognition. A group of 6 women with incredible voices; they sang ¬†acapella, holiday and solstice arrangements from all over eastern Europe.


It was interesting to walk the streets of The City during the holidays with all the lights. Lots of people out and about. I lived in this neighborhood many years ago, and spent two years gallivanting as a young, single woman. I had a good two years living in The City, and then moved to the East Bay where I’ve been since (other than some time on the Peninsula some where in there).

So I survived the longest night of the year, and now, the cycle wends it’s way around the circle as we head back to the light. Happy holidays to all.

peace, ks

Bye Bye Storey

Woke early, hopped in a rental truck and drove from the east bay to Santa Cruz to help my daughter with the last of her belongings as she returns, part time, to our loft in Oakland. Here’s my daughter’s college home the last two years.


The past two weekends we’ve been painting the loft, and now all is ready to return furniture to their places. After unloading the truck, and bidding adieu to my daughter’s friends (she gave four of them rides to the east bay, backpacks and all) we set about organizing. We returned the truck (ugh, they tried to charge me an extra 50 miles), and grabbed a quick lunch while we perused her set of new maps from the Adventure Cycling Assn. ¬†She’s off on her first road tour in a couple of months.


With the goal of decreasing her travel costs for her tour, (originally she wanted to build a bike) she’s decided to use one of my bikes, the Salsa Vaya. An excellent choice, and though I’d had the wheels set up for gravel, off-road tubeless, she’s switching over to a thinner road tire; Continental Tour Ride Schwalbe Marathon.


She only has to order a few things with regard to the bike; a rack (she’s decided to use panniers), a couple bottle cages, and bottles. The bike’s set up with a compact double, perfectly geared for a couple of pretty good passes she’ll encounter on her route. I also have a various assortment of bike bags; a top tube bag and mtn. feed bag from Revelate Designs, and a Mission Control bag from Porcelin Rocket. She can choose whatever combination she wants.

I’ve done a couple really long tours in my day, but the longest was a 28 day adventure from Vancouver to Prince Rupert (via Prince George) all through British Columbia. I’m trying to impart as much wisdom as I can.