A quick little recap of the last three weeks, it has been pretty fun and awesome. The weekend after Storm the Beach James headed to HB to pick me up and we headed out to beautiful Bakersfield to race the cross race out there. It was easily one of the coolest CX courses I have raced, a little bit of everything. We only headed out there for the Saturday race (they also had one on Sunday) and the field was pretty mellow and smaller in size compared to the races I have been doing. The start was fast and I found myself about mid pack, worked my butt off to stay about there and finished in 12th place.
Sunday I woke up early and headed down to SD to get out on the mountain bike with James, and earn our beers for later. Awesome ride around lake hodges chasing James around on his new bike, nice cool fall day. We put in a few hours and headed back, and got ready for the bolts game and began working on our two growlers (Autumn Rye from HBBC, and Booya Steez from Port in Solana). It was a great day of football and beers and fun for sure.
on our way…
to another bolts win! dueling county brews
Monday began and marked wedding week for Sarah and I. Things went pretty fast, we squeezed in a dinner over at Slater and Monique’s before Slater went off to boot camp, finished a lot of wedding planning and stuff, and got out there Friday. Wedding day began with my brother, dad, and I all heading out on the road in Temecula for a couple hours. Evading casino tour busses, and crazy drivers, we made it back and got ready for the wedding and pictures. The wedding was absolutely awesome; the weather in Temecula was perfect, amazing all our friends and family were there with great beers (thanks James) and some awesome wine. I won’t ever forget that night for the rest of my life, I am truly lucky to have Sarah as my wife!
temecula ride with bro and dad
rehearsal dinner at temecula creek inn
We started off our honeymoon last Monday, and headed straight for Sonoma. We brought our bikes (her road bike and my cx bike) and had no plans for the whole week. It took us all of maybe one hour in Healdsburg after checking in to get down to Bear Republic Brewing Co for some food and beers. I had a couple tall special Imperial IPA’s they had on draft and a Rocket Burger, Sarah sampled some other beers and we really liked the place, complete with bikes and random stuff all over the place. Love it!
bear republic brewing!
Tuesday we made a rad loop around Sonoma, Alexander Valley, Geyserville, and a lot of Sonoma, truly beautiful and very cold! We came back relaxed and then toured around, and ended up in Santa Rosa in a little brewco called Russian River Brewing! I had my fill of three tall Pliny’s, Sarah and I got some awesome food and some shirts and gear. The place was awesome, full of old guys with fanny packs, ponytails, guys with brewers books and little coolers for bringing home fresh beer, all beer connoisseurs! Awesome crowd, Sarah and I loved it; I wish I had this place across the street from us in HB.
working the saw
west dry creek road with changing fall colors and Sarah
Flying Goat Espressos at the Jimtown store
ponytail, gone to pee coaster, and beer making book = RAD
sarah amazed by the Pliny foam rings!
Wednesday we headed out and ended up being on the bike for a solid 4-5 hours, climbing Pine Flat Rd. to the top of the mountain, elevation 3,200’. Sarah totally sucked it up, conquered the climb, we were both so stoked, saw some awesome scenery, nothing we see down here in the OC. Deer, quail, chickens, squirrels, wildlife galore, rainforesty tree covered roads, abandoned old chimneys from old log houses, a smashed neon orange gecko in the road, etc. etc. We fueled up with some cider and espresso at the local general store outside of town, got some good food, and did some awesome wine tasting at some very cool wineries, super nice people (totally not used to that), and an amazing dinner out, all dressed up at a cool little converted restaurant in Healdsburg.
zen tree pose to summon power to the top
at the top, everyone can come see us
wine in our room at HH
Lambert Bridge Winery
the Ravenous, amazing food and surprise beer menu including Pliny!
Thursday we headed for part 2 of our honeymoon trip in Carmel. We stayed at an awesome place called the Highlands Inn, complete with a awesome real wood burning fire place in the room, and a balcony that looks over the ocean and Point Lobos. Thanks mom and dad for treating us to this, truly awesome.
not a bad view, sarah loving the robe
This part of our honeymoon was super mellow, no riding, but a lot of tourist stuff, hit up some awesome places. We did wine tasting at a couple places, drove south to Big Sur, hiked in and around Point Lobos National Park, had beers at this rad pub called the Running Iron, got all sorts of good food, good time reading and talking and it was great. Truly a perfect honeymoon.
sarahs new sweet tooth love
running iron at about noon
Point Lobos, super windy and cold, we loved it
sarahs favorite new store!
Hopefully I didn’t bore anyone with our honeymoon stuff and not so much beer and riding, but Sarah is after all the most important person in my life, and one that fuels my fire for beer and riding, so that’s how this all relates! And I’m pretty sure 4 people read this blog anyway!
And so back into some CX racing through December, more bolts football and awesome beers and no real plans but to have fun and enjoy the cold weather! Wish I could be on a honeymoon though all the time…great girl, awesome beers, scenic riding…what more could you want?