SUNDAY: Ahh, my husband and I are heading to the California wine country for a much needed and long overdue vacation. I sigh, lean back in my seat, and close my eyes thinking ahead to strolling hand in hand through the vineyards, lingering over boutique winery tastings and… wait… what? Bicycling???
We’re on our way to our first bicycle tour with Sojourn. I’m not an avid cyclist – in fact I barely ride a bike and I’m hoping I can handle the trip. My usual rides consist of towing the kids around the neighborhood. Fortunately, I am somewhat expert at consuming delicious food and wine so at least I have that going for me. The trip promises to include amazing cycling as well as luxurious lodging and gastronomic consumption – we’re sure looking forward to that!Read More
MONDAY: The first full day of our bicycle tour dawns a bit foggy. We head to breakfast which, after last night’s dinner, I know will be another culinary masterpiece. It does not disappoint. Everyone is together for a cheery breakfast and “route wrap.” Luke carefully goes over each detail of the route explaining where to keep an eye out for tricky turns. Cy chimes in with her impressive knowledge of the wine and the local area. I’m listening and looking at the map and directions I’ve been given trusting that my navigator husband will guide us through the route to the promised land – a gourmet lunch and tasting at Robert Young Estate Winery.
Yesterday’s 16 miles was a nice warm up – today our tour through wine country will cover about 35 miles including over Chalk Hill. We set out last intentionally so our competitive natures don’t tempt us to keep pace with the mostly faster group. Within the first five minutes I can tell that I’m not as fresh as I was yesterday. A bit of anxiety sets in as I look down and see that we’ve traveled only 2 miles – great, only 33 more to go. I tune in to the rhythm of my breathing and focus on the pedal rotations of my bicycle. In this meditative state the miles begin to tick past and after about mile 10 I’ve found my groove. Now I can fully enjoy the gorgeous scenery I’ve come to see!Read More