California Cycling


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.



Open roads, no traffic


Small bridges


Bikes get premier parking.

Bikes get premier parking.

And park where no car can

And park where no car can



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. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (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.


  2. Esti says:

    Gorgeous! What a great way to see a place!


  3. What no wildfires? Looks like heaven!!


  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.


    • 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.


  5. That looks like a lovely time!


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


  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!


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


  9. hugmamma says:

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


  10. Yes, it’s perfect.


  11. My mouth is watering! Fabulous


  12. Drjcwash says:

    What a beautiful trip.


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


  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.


  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!


  16. Thanks- we love our bikes!


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