January 3, 2013
With no glimpse of the sun for more than three days, expectations focused on a possible photo or two of the haze and mist as I rolled out of Mt. Shasta City after a breakfast burrito and latte.
Rounding a corner, the view exploded like a bolt of lightning.
A soft haze blanketed the dark green forest in the foreground, for sure.
But beyond that the sunlight blasted on the stunningly white peaks of Mt. Shasta set against a spotless blue sky.
While Bike Friday owners are famous for their epic adventures intricately planned and executed, for some of us, it’s the spur of the moment surprises that rock our world.
Convenience that Bike Friday offers some of us is having your bike with you at all times.
Driving home from a folding bike demonstration at the train station in Sacramento, I spent the night in Mt. Shasta and hoped for some free time to steal away a ride. I typically have my Pocket Llama in the back of my SUV, tucked beneath a blanket, so it’s always there for me.
Having just done a demo for the company, well, I had more than one Bike Friday in the back, but the New World Tourist with the NuVinci hub screamed to be ridden up the Ski Highway. Who am I to say no?
There might be no better situation for NuVinci than climbing a big hill. The weight watchers will argue that pulling a 5-pound internal hub up a hill is no picnic. I’ll argue the pros outweigh the cons, pun intended.
Imagine being able to find that perfect cadence for a climb, and being able to maintain it, the entire climb, with just a flick of your wrist. Sweet.
It didn’t take long before some gravel road, then a trail, called for exploration. No worries, the bike was up for it.
So I took the first turn possible, pedaled my way to the first trail — which at this point of the year was more like a soft creek bed.
In a blink, I found myself even farther removed from any possible brush with humans. The silence overwhelmed me. The fresh mountain air invigorated me.
Finally, I just pulled over and sat. Soaking in the moment.
It’s not just these out of the way adventures that await if you always have your steed ready to ride
I managed to hit Sacramento a few hours early for the demonstration, which allowed me some time to tool around California’s capital city with my camera. As usual, I opt for the NuVinci hub whenever I get the opportunity. This time on the Carbon Infinity tikit.
Again, you never know what surprises lurk around the corner.
I’m used to getting caught off guard by a great view.
Most, however, pertain to things in this century. Or thereabouts.
Of course, you can’t ride around Sacramento and not find yourself at the Capitol.
Bike Friday lobbies for the fold.
Sacramento is such a wonderful mixture of everything California has to offer, from big cities, to palm trees to its Western Frontier heritage.
Then again, you can really appreciate the essence of any place. When you’re traveling by bike.