When I Ride…

Sipping vino during the Vineman…

I love to travel. Seeing new places, I like to observe how other people do things. How they handle day-to-day activities and how is their life different from mine?

I left Texas

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Driving through the countryside, golden, grassy hillsides dotted with oak trees and bright skies filled the landscape, a passing fire truck reminding me that this is wildfire season for the western part of the United States and peaceful scenery can turn into chaos with the toss of a careless cigarette thrown from a car window. Many of the pastures have been plowed along the highway’s edge to create a fire lane in case of just that situation.

IMG_6658As we got into the wine country, Napa to be more specific, the dry pastures gave way to lush, vineyard lined roads. Stopping in Rutherford for a meal at Rutherford Grill, we snacked on grilled artichokes grown fairly locally, paired with an excellent chardonnay from a local winery.

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The roads through the wine country were packed with tourists so we turned off to travel a back road to Guerneville, our final destination. The winding road through tall trees and Madrones was not for anyone with a trouble with motion sickness. I white knuckled it till we got to River Road, a straighter drive along the Russian River.

The grove of redwoods trees in Armstrong Forest is a favorite place of mine to visit when I come here. There is a trail behind the small hotel where we stay that leads up into the woods. It is not officially the Armstrong Grove but I will later take a bicycle ride to that special spot and walk the trail as an appetizer.

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Trail into the trees

objets d'art

objets d’art

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interesting historical Victorian building in St. Helena, California

We are here for the Vineman Triathlon that my husband competes in each year. After his race, I will drive to Auburn and meet up with the endurance horse race team who will be competing in the Tevis, a 100 miles in one day race across the mountains from Tahoe to Auburn. I am part of the “pit crew” and will be taking care of one of the racehorses, an Arabian mare. That team is in transport from Texas to California as I write and they have already had their share of adventure that involved hitting a cow on the highway and totalling their truck. That will be a post for next week though…to be continued….

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This entry was published on July 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm. It’s filed under travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Sipping vino during the Vineman…

  1. A wonderful place. Lucky for you and your husband both triathlon and the race horses.
    Bon voyage
    Cruz

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