I haven't posted in about six weeks! What have I been up to? I officially retired on June 30. That's the same day I sold my home and became (voluntarily) "houseless." I don't say "homeless," because I've had places to live. Thus, I don't use that term lightly, and without honoring the struggle of people who are houseless without choice. I have options. I used the entire month of July to consider options as to where I wanted to live. In my mind, as a person who feels that God calls me, I thought of where I was "called" to live. I know it sounds weird to people who are not of that persuasion. However, for me, a calling and purpose have long been part of my vocabulary. The strongest pull was factoring physical proximity to my uncle and aunt in Los Angeles. That still left a range of places to live, including San Diego County, Orange County and the Palm Springs area. Near the end of July I decided to take a few days away - a retreat,
The school I worked at has chickens and a garden as outdoor classrooms for the youngest learners. I talked with the chickens on Friday, as a final stop before heading into retirement. The chickens made it clear: "No long 'goodbyes.' Just take your leave, and start your new life". I took their advice. Of course, a guy who takes advice from chickens needs to retire!
Since I’m a few hours into retirement, I decided to drive to the beach. I stopped for lunch at Manhattan Bread Company in Manhattan Beach. That has long been a favorite morning stop when traveling out of Los Angeles International. I got my sandwich to go, and took it to Polliwog Park on Peck and Manhattan Beach Boulevard. Now I’m getting a small coffee at Coffee Bean in Manhattan Village. I wouldn’t usually venture to Los Angeles in a Friday afternoon. However, I’m heading up to a family event this afternoon. We have a lot to celebrate.
Today is my last day of full-time work. So, tomorrow will be a very special day. In addition to being my first day of so-called "retirement," tomorrow is also my birthday. I am glad it all comes together on one special day.
I had a fun gravel ride earlier this week on Arroyo Trabuco Trail . I did an out and back, which has an access point about a mile from my house. It’s actually a fairly technical trail for me. Yet, I felt really confident on this ride. I recently changed out the tires on my Franco Grimes Bicycle to Gravelking SS Panaracer. That's a less knobby tire for dry riding and less rolling resistance when riding tarmac. Riding on this trial tested the gravel-ability of these tires! They did well, but I wondered about switching them out and going back to the Gravelking SK Panaracer, which is definitely a gravel tire. On the return, I was moving fast and accurately reading the trail well. At one point the trail went down and across a dry creek bed that I didn’t read well – and my skinny slick gravel tires just sank into the gravel. Dead stop - I couldn't peddle out of it. I should have gone across the creek bed just a few feet up, but I didn't see that option on the apporach. I had
It's winter. Here in California, that means cooler temperatures and possibly rain. We've had it all this week. Temperatures plummeted to the mid 30's earlier this week, and we've had a couple of days of rain. I got in a couple of rides, but I stayed in on the rainy days. I purchased a "winter kit" in November. it's gotten use this year. Sun is forecast for tomorrow morning, so I'll take a Saturday morning ride.