Along with the Big Guy, I was a roadside spectator for all but a couple of editions of the annual bike race known as the Amgen Tour of California between in the first edition in February 2006 and its final run in May 2019. I first shared these images from February 2009 soon after the event; Stage 1 took the riders from Davis to Lake Berryessa, then across the Vaca Mountains to Napa County, eventually crossing the finish line in Santa Rosa — a total of 115.9 miles. Two days before the race, Friday, the Big Guy and I drove from Sacramento to Napa to scope everything out and pick a good place to watch. We drove past the first of two King of the Mountains checkpoints, near the Monticello Dam at Lake Berryessa. After accidentally taking the wrong road, we passed through Angwin and came over Howell Mountain, the location of the second KOM, driving in the opposite direction of the race route, then down into Pope Valley. We didn’t drive the race route along the western shore of Berryessa, but we did see some pretty sites on our way back to Route 128. On Sunday, we knew exactly where we wanted to go. And despite the crazy weather we bundled up and made the trip back over to Napa. Narrow bridge near Pope Valley Somerston Vineyards Not part of the peloton! Actually, on race day the wind didn’t […]
One of the most exciting parts of watching the Tour de France is the mountain climbing; it takes some special skills and the right sort of gear setup to stay in contention while suffering over the peaks of the Alps and the Pyrenees. And while I’ve seen some ferociously steep mountains feature in a few different professional bike races, I’ve […]
It’s been many years since I spent time on the Sacramento end of the American River Parkway, but several times back in the 1970s I did ride what was at the time the entire length of the bike trail, 23 miles from Discovery Park to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. These days the parkway and bike trail extend for 32 miles, […]
Well, the 2019 Tour de France is now underway (and will continue until July 28), so at the moment my mind is a bit preoccupied with bicycles. The very first Tour de France was held in 1903, when cycling was still a fairly young but increasingly popular sport. In this episode of California’s Gold, Huell learns quite a lot about […]
I don’t get to stand by the roadside for every Tour of California, but I definitely try! This year, May has been extremely busy with so many things going on that the Big Guy just didn’t have the energy to watch the race other than on television; so I decided I might as well try to go by myself. But […]
The six-lane Sunrise Boulevard bridge has been carrying vehicle traffic over the American River in Fair Oaks since 1964. Its utilitarian design means it’s not much to look at, but you never know what you might find underneath a bridge.
My entry for Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week.
Yesterday I clearly wasn’t the only one tired of being cooped up inside because of the wild weather. I wandered from the fish hatchery to the north side of Nimbus Dam and then back across the river to the south side of the dam. The trails weren’t exactly packed with people, but I did encounter several runners, cyclists, and walkers […]
My entry for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week.