The last weekend of 2013 was a fine one at Roadies Hideaway. We could not have asked for better weather, with beautiful clear days in the 80’s. A fine weekend to welcome first-time guests Joe and Jamie to our home. We spent Saturday out on the bikes, exploring all the best roads to the South, and stopped to enjoy a bit of BBQ from the RIb Shack (just north of Hwy 76, on Old 395) before making our way home via Couser Canyon.
These two are exactly the kind of folks I love to have stay with us. Both are excited about riding and open to any adventure that may come there way. Joe is a true cycling enthusiast with a crit racing background.
The following day, Joe joined us for the final “Last Sunday” ride of the year. We headed up North to Temecula via Couser and Rice Canyons, then climbed Rancho California and back through my favorite road, Da Luz Canyon. The day, the weather and the company were absolutely perfect. Two days of climbing eventually caught up with Joe, but even as he was obviously beginning to suffer, he remained grimly cheerful and was still great company on the road.
Up returning to the house we were greeted with the incredible aroma of fresh baked bread! Turns out that guest Jamie had been busy teaching Vicki the finer points of breadmaking, which meant a fine recovery meal of bread and IPA for all.
Thanks Jamie, your legacy of fresh bread will live on forever at the Hideaway! And while we’re on the subject of food…we’ve also added waffles to the Hideaway menu, thanks to a gift of a new waffle iron from Santa this year. Time to get a line on some good maple syrup!
Happy 2013 to all our friends, we hope to see all of you throughout the coming year!
Found this little guy while digging up and dividing yuccas in the succulent garden today. I haven’t spent the time to figure out what he is yet, but he looked like a tiny snake, but with little feet that look like hands. He wasn’t at all shy, and even waited on the shovel until I could go in the house to get my phone to snap the picture.
Vicki and I got out for a nice ride on the tandem earlier in the day. It was a perfect day for a bike ride today, 70 degrees, light wind and blue skies! Is this really December? We headed east, just testing the waters to see how well we could handle a bit of climbing on the big bike. We didn’t have any trouble at all with the rollers along West Lilac.
Made a fresh batch of cinnamon rolls and a potato crusted ham & broccoli quiche for breakfast this morning. This will get you up the mountain!
Quiche Crust includes potatoes, onions, 1 egg, flour. Filling includes cheese, onion, ham, broccoli, eggs, half-n-half, plus seasonings.
Vicki and I were able to spend time in the garden today, planting some new California natives. Nothing better than a day in the sun, digging in the dirt!
Laurel Sumac, Malosma laurina
Hi all. I’m finally getting this Roadies Hideaway blog up and running. I was inspired to get this thing going after a ride up Palomar Mountain on Saturday with a great group of San Diego riders who are in the early stages of forming a RAAM team for 2014. It was a perfect day as we rolled out from the HIdeaway at 7:30 AM and headed east on West Lilac, to hook up with the RAAM stage 1 route along Lilac Road to Valley Center. We enjoyed temperatures in the low 60’s, with a light friendly breeze on the way to the mountain. Once we reached the South Grade climb, arm warmers and vests came off quickly as the temperature had risen a bit…but definitely not qualifying as hot. Never a better day to climb Palomar!
The trip down the mountain and back to the ranch (including the climb up Cole Grade) was quick and uneventful, with only one flat on the entire day (between eight riders)…and that just 2 miles from the end. We ended the day with a few select “recovery drinks”, and a little carne/pollo asada BBQ. Perfect day!
Post Ride recover drinks and BBQ