First New Year’s Ride

rideIconFor the last several years I’ve made it a habit to get in a ride on January 1.  Sometimes pretty long, sometimes a short jaunt to lunch.  The traffic, if any, is generally mild and most eateries aren’t busy until later in the day.  This year I headed up to Big Bear Lake’s north shore on 330/18, then down the back way through Lucerne Valley to Pioneertown.  This was also the year with an exception to the low-traffic rule.  

The traffic up the mountain was terrible:  25-35 mph the whole way, lots of out of state and Baja California license plates, and no one knew how to use passing lanes or turn outs.  Once I got to the dam, everything was fine.  A bit chilly but a good set of miles with a surprisingly good lunch at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown.  Damn good pulled pork, the BBQ sauce was real interesting, sweet with a bit of spice to it.  I would’ve preferred a more enjoyable way home than the 10/60/91 combination, but I needed to get home and that’s the quickest way.

As someone mentioned last night, Don’t wish for a good 2014, make it so.  So let’s ride more, eat more, drink more, hang out more, and tell more stories.

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