14 response to "Valleys and Headlands"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: January 14, 2022

    Glad you could get out again, Bill! Looks like a beautiful ride. Nice b&w selbst portrait.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 15, 2022

      I had to convert the selfie to grayscale due to continued red, raw, flaking face. Not a pretty thing to behold, not that it ever was even in the best of circumstances.

      By the way, those of you familiar with Game of Thrones will know what I mean when I say for the last couple of weeks I felt like I had been infected with grayscale.

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: January 14, 2022

    I love how on the west coast the mountains and hills come right down to the ocean. Makes for some beautiful scenery. Here in the east, in most places we have to traverse miles and miles of flat before we get to the water.
    Glad you’re back out and about. Riding a trainer is the worst.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 15, 2022

      Definitely true about mountains and ocean in most of northern California. Unlike the southern part of the state, we don’t have broad sand beaches with warm, gentle water. Around here the surfers must dodge big rocks, and they need wetsuits all year.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 14, 2022

    Great you are back on the road!
    Beautiful photos as always.
    Mt. Tamalpais reminds me of watching “Clunkers” — pretty interesting, and you also have shown the Mtn Biking Museum etc.
    Enjoyed watching this video of cycling Sonoma County:


    • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 15, 2022

      Interesting video, Rich. Thanks for passing it along. I’ve never been on that road to Cazadero, but I recognized many of the locales in other scenes, including the spot where a car hit me on my old Roberts back in the 1980s. And Jeff and I started and finished a loop in Occidental a few years ago. As to his Willow Creek ride, I’ve done that a couple of times. Based on his video, the gravel and dirt road from Route 1 into Willow Creek has been paved since the last time I was out there. Oh, and the Russia House restaurant in his video closed down permanently a few days ago.



  4. By: gregblood Posted: January 14, 2022

    I see Old Grumbleface in the picture, but I sense there is an Old Happy Face in there somewhere after being cleared to ride outside again.

  5. By: Scooter Posted: January 16, 2022

    Great to see you out on the road again, Bill. And nice to see someone else fess up that taking a camera along is a good excuse for taking a break.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 16, 2022

      On the long climb up from Cameron AZ to the south rim of the Grand Canyon I never needed to pause for a rest, but I paused for quite a few photo opportunities. 😉

  6. By: NancyG Posted: January 16, 2022

    Good you are back on the saddle again ;’-). All that face work and you did not have to shave off the part that hides much of the grumblet. Good goin’.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 16, 2022

      Might’ve been a wrestling match if the dermatologist tried to shave Old Grumble-Face’s chin whiskers!

  7. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 17, 2022

    I;m guessing it’s the Efudix cream that turns your face into a pepperoni pizza. Been there myself. You’ll be super good-looking afterwards.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 17, 2022

      Right you are, sir! The older treatment with pure Efudex requires a full month of daily applications, plus recovery time from the pizza effect. The newer treatment mixes Efudex with another creamy ointment, requiring only a week of twice-daily applications, plus recovery time. I always refused the month-long regimen because I couldn’t stay indoors during daylight for so many days. I finally decided I could manage the shorter treatment. I have refrained from posting my pizza face, highly effective though it is for frightening pets and small children.

      Some day I be pretty.

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