CLC 2019 Ride 1: Tomales, Chileno Valley, and Petaluuuuma

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The wife and I traveled to that tourist hotspot in Sonoma County known as Petaluma when we had a few days off. Why there? I have lots of rellies that live in Sonoma County, including lots of them in Petaluma, and we hadn’t seen them in a long time. Plus my sister is renting a cool condo there and she let slip that she had a guest room. I had originally planned to take a few days to ride up to there but the rainy season put a crimp in my riding fitness so I changed it to some day rides around there. And then I remembered that I hadn’t ridden through Chileno Valley in like 4FRNFR, and I love Chileno Valley. And then I remembered I love the Tomales Bakery which you have to go to if you are anywhere near it and it was always the destination when I regularly rode through Chileno Valley and it was going to be Pi Day (sorry, just in the US: 3.14) and we could get pie and that is also my birthday. And the weather was going to be fabulous. There. Settled.

Tomales Bakery. A tiny place. “Open daily 7:30 until we run out.”
Fresh pie, waiting for customers before she cut into it. Two pieces of fabulous blueberry pie with crust so thick it was too much for plastic forks and we just ate it by hand.
Tomales Bakery is a magnet for cyclists, even midweek. A horde just left before this photo was taken. Another horde arrived soon after. The bakery only has outdoor seating.
The deli next door has great decor.

IT IS SO GREEN. I love spring.
I was captivated by this little fella until I heard the sound effects of a steady stream from the cow in the back there. It went on for a while.
Found the OK Corral. Doubly so.
Lotta folks living on this ranch.
For a short distance we had a little oak tunnel.
Laguna School knows what’s up. School was built in 1906.
I cut through Helen Putnam Regional Park to get back to town.
We are now at the rural/urban interface. Downtown Petaluma is in the distance.

Happy birthday to moi! Best present I’ve given myself in a while.

tricycle tricycle tricycle I want to ride my tricycle tricycle tricycle I want to ride my tricycle I want to ride my trike I want to ride my tricycle I want to ride it where I like (And I like to ride my bicycle too)

20 response to "CLC 2019 Ride 1: Tomales, Chileno Valley, and Petaluuuuma"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: March 22, 2019

    You’re born on Pi Day? How great is that? And at 1:59, I hope?

    Regarding your question. At the bottom of the right column (scroll all the way to the bottom) there is a ‘featured image’ box. Click on ‘select featured image’, which will bring up the image library so you can select one. This is the one that sticks on th3 top and displays on the front page. If you don’t like your choice, you can remove it and select again.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 22, 2019

      Well, yes, it was 3.14 1:59. Somewhere. Albert Einstein and I share the same birthday. He died the year I was born. Coincidence? I think not.

      Thanks for the tip. All is well now.

  2. By: Scooter Posted: March 22, 2019

    Oh, and what a great song you doctored for your profile! I haven’t noticed before. Tricycle, tricycle, tricycle!

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 22, 2019

      Can’t you hear that in Freddie’s voice?

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: March 22, 2019

    Hey, your highnessness. Glad you had a nice ride, but I believe this qualifies as trespassing into my county without my permission! In retaliation, I plan to trespass into territory near you within the next couple of days, weather permitting.

    In the meantime, you will probably recognize some of this scenery:

    PS: Regards to the wife.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 22, 2019

      I remember that ride. I was jealous.

      The wife waves back.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: March 22, 2019

    Thanks for the lovely video. So nice to see and hear you! Beautiful birthday ride. And alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 24, 2019

      Vielen dank, meine Dame!

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 23, 2019

    That blueberry pie looked so nice, happy birthday too. Always wondered why Americans put the month before the day out of sequence, it’s so they can eat more pies, very clever.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 24, 2019

      Shoot, you’re on to us, Lednar. I didn’t mean to give away that the secret to our world domination is how we write date order.

  6. By: gregblood Posted: March 23, 2019

    Now I know where Goddesses go and what they do on their birthdays.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 24, 2019

      Yes, We’re sure it was a mystery before.

  7. By: NancyG Posted: March 23, 2019

    Happy Birthday on Pi day. Lovely ride with such nice stops for you to enjoy.

  8. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 23, 2019

    Looks like a great ride thru beautiful GREEN countryside!
    Happy Birthday!!

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 24, 2019

      We hope seeing some green landscape was a balm to your winter-tired midwestern eyes during the troubling “spring” there.

  9. By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 23, 2019

    Yep……we sure “Will Love You When Your 64”!! Happy BDay……..and funny “ cow bomb”😳😳 Here’s to a wonderful year to you and BJ………..hugs Janet and Jack

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 24, 2019

      Thanks so much, J&J. BJ says hi.

  10. By: The Navigator Posted: March 31, 2019

    Ah, our birthdays are just a day apart (plus some years). You know, we have an awful lot of scenery very similar to yours, and it’s green at the opposite time of year. We have a heap of low traffic roads in said scenery, too. I think you and ‘the wife’ need to come down and pedal some southern hemisphere spring 🙂

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: May 4, 2019

      Sorry Em that I am so late responding to this comment. Yes, you betcha bj and I would love to visit your neck of the woods. While we live in a large metro area with millions of people, in less than an hour I can be on those low-traffic country roads.

      And happy birthday, fellow Piscean. No wonder we’re sympatico.

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