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Well, Summer has arrived in Pacific Grove. I can tell by the dense layer of fog. This picture was taken at just before 8AM this morning on my bike ride to work.

 

Fog over Lovers Point

Fog over Lovers Point

 

One of the jokes around here is that the best time of year is winter time. We get more sunshine in the winter than we do in the summer because of the fog.

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Well,

I’m back to trying to get into shape again. Over the last year I’ve dropped 25 pounds. I went from 215 to 190. It’s amazing what going through a divorce can do. Just a wee bit of stress. 🙂

Anyhow, I’ve gained a few of those lost pounds back. I’m up to 194. So, it’s time to get my lazy butt working out. I’m still doing Yoga a few times a week, and doing a 2.5 mile walk most nights, but I decided that since I’m going to stay in the Monterey area for the near future, (I turned down a position at Lawrence Livermore National Labs two weeks ago), I might as well try and enjoy what brings all the tourists to the area.

 

One of my co-workers had a bike for sale, so I picked it up. Here is my new spiffy ride to work.

New Mountain Bike

New Mountain Bike

I must admit I ended up getting a gel seat and bicycle shorts. You wouldn’t believe how hard that seat is after a couple of 6 mile rides. And no, I did NOT get the clown looking spandex bicycle shorts. The ones I picked up look like normal shorts but have the clown spandex on the inside so they don’t show. I’m to darn old to be looking like that.

Here’s the route I normally take too and from work.

My daily ride to work

My daily ride to work

I start from home, go down through the Pacific Grove Golf Course, wander down Ocean Avenue to Lovers Point, get onto the bike trail and follow it past Cannery Row, past Fisherman’s Warf, along the beach and into the Eucalyptus trees in front of the Naval Postgraduate School, turn up the hill past Bi-Rite, with some of the best sandwiches in Monterey, past the Monterey Fairgrounds and to work.

A few of the views I see along the way.

The beach near PG Golf Course

The beach near PG Golf Course

Riding along the Golf Course

Riding along the Golf Course

Lovers Point Park

Lovers Point Park

Lovers Point

Lovers Point

Fisherman's Warf

Fisherman’s Warf

 

Well, now that a large portion of the tourists have gone home I’ve started riding my motorcycle along the beach to work in the mornings. This adds about 3-5 minutes a day to my commute. The thing is, is that we live in a very beautiful area and very seldom do we stop long enough to look around.
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From Monterey Living

This is one of the views I’m talking about. This is literally right down the road from us. 5 minutes walk.

Today I left for work at a bit after 8am. It’s roughly a 9 mile drive to work and it takes about 20 minutes. I dropped down past the lighthouse, which is only 2 blocks from home,

past the deer munching away in the El Carmelo cemetery, through the PG golf course down to the beach.  This is a picture looking to the left as I go through the golf course (taking a few years ago).

I then follow the beach along past Lovers Point and over towards Cannery Row where I’ll pop up to lighthouse avenue and bring that past the Defense Language Institute, under Portola Plaza and Fisherman’s wharf, through the eucalyptus grove in front of the Naval Postgraduate School and then up to a small residential community where our compound is.
So, this is where we live. It’s also where we hide. In the last 6 months I have taken the beach route, get ready for it, twice. Yep, twice. I don’t do it on the way home because of the frustration of dealing with moronic tourists, and I just don’t think about it on the way to work in the mornings. I really need to get in the habit of going along the beach.
This morning I didn’t see any whales, but I saw fishing boats, kayakers, runners, walkers, seagulls, egrets, deer, and a sea otter down by lovers point. It’s a tad better than looking at nothing but the bumper of the car in front of you in stop and go traffic. I must admit, I do not miss that.

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