For 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.