California Cycling

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Through redwood forests

We spent five days cycling through Napa and Sonoma counties, taking in the vast panoramas of California, from hot desert climbs to cool coastal descents.

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Open roads, no traffic

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Small bridges

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Bikes get premier parking.

Bikes get premier parking.

And park where no car can

And park where no car can

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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21 Responses to California Cycling

  1. Good looking part of the country and lovely photos. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Esti says:

    Gorgeous! What a great way to see a place!

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  3. What no wildfires? Looks like heaven!!

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  4. mercyn620 says:

    Great pictures. Is the riding mainly flat, or are there lots of hills? Hills I can do – mountains, no way! sounds like a wonderful experience.

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    • Rolling hills and some good climbs. One mountain– we had choices of rides. The company is Lifecycle Adventures– excellent service- self-guided trip but they ferry the luggage from place to place, great food.

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  5. That looks like a lovely time!

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  6. Great tour, Lisa. Lots of healthy fresh air and exercise.

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  7. Gorgeous picture log of your vacation. I love the feeling after bike riding. You did a lot!!! No wonder they call you the “cycling grandma!” Can’t wait to get back to some bike riding with my hubby!

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  8. Love the scenery Lisa and my oh my are you ever in good shape!
    Diana xo

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  9. hugmamma says:

    I so admire bicyclists…the exercise you get…the scenery you see…and your eternal youth! lots of hugs…

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  10. Yes, it’s perfect.

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  11. My mouth is watering! Fabulous

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  12. Drjcwash says:

    What a beautiful trip.

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  13. You two are amazing! AMAZING! (in case you can’t tell, I’m so impressed!) xo

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  14. I’m dead envious, what a lovely cycle. My cycle this week has been through the flat landscape of Cambridgeshire, but with beautiful weather and lovely company.

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  15. susanissima says:

    Sorry for taking sooooo long to read and respond, Lisa. We’ve been busy in the Pacific Northwest!

    Your photos are wonderful and really give one a sense of place. Cycling looks like a great way to see the world, and how lucky we are to have you for a role model! I’m noticing many more Grandmas on bikes lately. Looks like the sitting in the rocker mold is being broken! Hooray!

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  16. Thanks- we love our bikes!

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