report and photos by Eric (Auk) Akiyoshi, The Path Bike Shop Ambassador Race Team
Eleven Point Two
It's 4:30 on a Monday afternoon, quittin' time! It's been a long day of staring at rows and columns of numbers, getting blinded by the fluorescent glare, and wondering, "what am I doing chained to my desk on this beautiful day!?!?" Progress on a project has been slow and the realization that it's going to be a grind of a week sets in. Pushing back from my desk, I set off for home.
Seven miles is the length of the typical bike ride home. The ride helps clear my mind and get the A-Game back on track to spend some quality time on the home front. Pedaling from Irvine to Tustin along the suburban bike trails, a game time decision is made to grab some extra credit mileage before heading home…DETOUR!!!!
Up, past the south entrance of Peter's Canyon Park (a family friendly hiking/biking wilderness park), there's an entrance into Tustin's "Lemon Heights" neighborhood: Winding climbs and swift descents twist through some epic mansions and even better sunset views. On this, sunny, 75-degree SoCal afternoon, it feels like one can see forever. Passing walking families, hiking couples, and even a slow car here and there is oddly therapeutic. The setting sun, wind in my face, exhilaration of the descents, and anaerobic climbs through the neighborhoods are all good for the soul.
The Salsa Fargo rolls to a stop at the top of the last hill before heading home: great ride. Five minutes later, a quick glance at the Garmin 805 reveals it's only been 11.2-miles: the stresses of work are a distant memory.