Uptown Bessie and First ride of 2019

How is it you can have a bicycle for 4 years and have never noticed that the cross bar has this really cool name on it😳😳 Little Bessie is officially now “Uptown Bessie”. I never noticed that it says “uptown ex” right there.

Meet Uptown Bessie!! There was an outrigger race yesterday at “Windows By The Bay”. That is what this spot is called. Jack just reminded me that maybe I noticed because she is strutting her new shoes, peddles, grips and she now has front and rear lights! No wonder she was all “Uptown”!

Can’t believe it is January 12th and it is my first ride. Yes, we have been having rain but the main issue was a little “incident” that is what I’m calling it, that sent me to the ER on the 3rd. Seems even if you have exercised nearly daily since 1980, never smoked, recently lost a lot of weight, eat healthy, no high cholesterol..(I have been on high BP meds for yrs) …….. you can have issues. I wasn’t going to mention it here but we’ve talked about Jack’s health and even though I’m embarrassed, pissed off and feel betrayed by my body I’ll share. I had what is called a TIA (Transient ischemic attack) it was an attack. Came on very suddenly and left just as suddenly. TIA’s are basically a stroke that Does Not leave any damage or side affects. If you don’t count the betrayal!! My Mother’s family and my Dad’s both have a strong history of stroke. I did get to meet some really cute firemen and EMTs and get to ride in a cool ambulance to ER. I knew something wasn’t right and called Jack first, out on his bike, but he said call 911….which if any of you ever have something like this DO Call 911. I was kept 24hrs and given every test there is and I am happy/lucky to report all clear of any previous stroke and no damage from this one. My heart is good and no clogged arteries. So, guess all this biking has helped. I’m feeling fine and was released without restrictions can ride, walk and trot as much as I’d like.

Well that’s enough of that…..it was time to ride and look for clouds on this beautiful day.

First stop was Windows by the Bay.


Jack finally got a good shadow shot.

We did our Asilomar loop about 18 miles. Which was just right to see how I was going to feel.

But first we checked out the marina. The trails are not nearly as crowded. Yea!!! Jack on his rain bike a 29 yr old Rock Hopper…which he keeps like new. 


Janet looking for that perfect cloud shot.


The waves and clouds didn’t disappoint. We stoped at the golf course restroom and were greeted by the guard.

It was a beautiful day and I’m beyond happy to be back on my bike. Just like being out on a tour you don’t always know what’s around the corner and just have to go with it. On ON Happy Trails…..

Janet here of Jack and Janet in Seaside, CA. We just love to ride our bikes and share and read stories from other such afflicted souls.

12 response to "Uptown Bessie and First ride of 2019"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 13, 2019

    Whew! Glad that turned out ok!! Scary, though, isnt it?
    Following a TIA, I had a brain scan — the doctor reported “we didnt find anything” — which was no surprise to anyone 😉

    Nice ride and beautiful clouds — Uptown Bessie is good to go for another season! Rockhopper lookin’ good too!
    California is looking pretty good — Winter Storm Gia made its presence known!

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 14, 2019

      Thanks Rich…yes I had the same thought when they said my brain scan was clear😳 of what..right!

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: January 13, 2019

    So glad that everything is all right. Good that you knew to call 911 immediately. You didn’t need treatment thank goodness but if you did it’s got to be asap.
    Looks like a beautiful ride on your spruced up bike.
    I am now far from the sea and have snow and slush instead.

  3. By: DJG Posted: January 13, 2019

    Thanks for sharing your problems, it could not have been easy, really glad you’re fine.

    Great photos looks like you had a great day.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: January 13, 2019

    Oh, how scary! I’m glad you are okay and Jack urged you to call 911. It is so frustrating when your body betrays you when you do everything right. It’s nice that Bessie is a classy lady since she got her upgrades. You’d think they would have welcomed her right into the golf course restrooms with such fine lineage 🙂

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 14, 2019

      Thanks Emily…..I was actually thinking of you quite a bit….knew you would understand the betrayal feeling. Yes, Uptown Bessie is loving her new bling. She just smiled as she passed by the guard😊

  5. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 14, 2019

    Scary stuff! I’ve become altogether too familiar with whipping out my healthcare membership card at the medical reception desk, so I can empathize with your adventure. Much prefer to avoid visiting the med building and the doctors. Although there was this one young doc who was really cute and she commuted to the medical facility by bicycle….

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 14, 2019

      I’m with you prefer to keep my MediCare card in the wallet!! It does help when we see these cute younger folks😂😂 in fact I was walking in Cannery Row a few days after and one of the firemen that was on my call was walking his baby and puppy we stopped and chatted. It was nice to be able to tell him thank you. You stay healthy!!

  6. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 15, 2019

    Hi Janet,
    So glad to hear that you are all right. Aging sucks, but it beats the alternative! Two things I’ve learrned to remember when I ride: my health care card, and the locations of public toilets. I see that both have been useful for you as well. Stay safe, and be well.

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 15, 2019

      Those are two good rules Keith!! I didn’t always carry my medical card but will now 😊😊

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