Wednesday, December 30, 2009

ONELESSCAR # 0048 - Morongo Ride

Climbing Highway 62 on a track bike was probably not the best idea, and having such a high gear ratio didn't help either.

A front and rear break would also be pretty smart too, trying to stop at 35 mph with mere leg strength (downhill) is terriflying. (Did I mention the 18 wheelers driving only 5 feet away?) .

I'll be much more prepared next time I go up there.

. . . but I do have to say this was probably one of the most rewarding and fun rides I've ever been on. Big ups to Mike & Adam for keeping the pace.

(photos: M. De La Torre)

Friday, December 25, 2009

ONELESSCAR # 0047 - 1 Year Without A Car (my thoughts)

Exactly one year ago I sold my car and told myself I would only get around on my bicycle.

I wasn't exactly sure what my intentions were but one thing was clear, I needed something new. I was due for a much needed change mentally, as well as physically. So I did the unthinkable : sold my car and stuck to my two wheels to get where I needed to go.

There was obviously a moment of hesitation at first (keeping in mind that school was almost 12 miles away) but the idea of commuting sounded like too much fun. I soon realized that this was a great decision. I didn't miss the stop lights, other drivers, traffic, paying for gas, insurance, and all the other expenses that come with owning a vehicle.

There was also another weight lifted which I was unaware of : I no longer felt rushed to get to where I needed to go. (With enough time) I could truly enjoy myself any distance I had to travel, have it be down the street or to the other side of the valley.

. . . to say the least I feel very liberated, another feeling I was completely oblivious to.

Monday, December 21, 2009

ONELESSCAR # 0046 - Zooey Deschanel

. . . needless to say i have this thing for Zooey Deschanel