Before Eddie's birthday, Edward and Jennifer biked from Dublin to Gualala. Seriously. Well, they almost did. Edward got a flat about 20 miles north east of Gualala, on a remote stretch of Fish Rock Road. Okay...actually that whole road is remote. They'd forgotten their pump so he couldn't just do a quick repair. Luckily they had data and cell service to gchat/text/call us to pick them up. Edward ended up staying for the whole next week with me, which was a nice change of pace for me.
One day that week I called my dad on speaker phone so we could get an update on my mom while I was busy cutting peaches to load into the dehydrator. My dad laid out the awful truth: Mommy was dying and it was probably a matter of a few weeks at best. He explained the reasons and what the doctors had said. Edward and I were sort of stunned. We'd all been anticipating a little since her diagnosis in 2008 and much more for the previous month when things went south for her. Although Edward and I had just been commenting about how hungry we were, we both lost our appetites from stress and sadness. We decided to pack up a few snacks and ciders and biked to the beach--we needed to exercise some stress away and contemplate this new reality.
I'd never biked on Highway One before, although thousands of people do it each year. My nerves were calmed by how space the drivers gave us on the road. The ride was easy on the way there. We locked our bikes and walked down to south cliffs at the Gualala Point Regional Park where we nibbled our snacks and took naps. There was a lot of discussion about how we felt, what we expected to feel once she eventually passed away, and what we wanted from the experience. Despite the crummy circumstances of our short ride, we managed to enjoy ourselves, too. The ride back was really tough for me with my relative lack of fitness, heavy and poorly tuned bike, and loaded baskets...not to mention the crazy north headwind and that we were biking uphill.
|Me showcasing our house.|
|Me and Edward.|
|Edward checking his phone while we decide which path to take down to the beach.|
In mid August during one of my many recent trips to Livermore, he brought it to my parents' house so I could test it out. Jennifer, Edward, and I road into town to eat lunch, then visited my mom at the nursing home, and then biked back to the house. It took some getting used to; steering, shifting, and balance are all a bit different than my standard had-since-seventh(!!)-grade mountain bike I'd been using up to that point. But riding it is soooooooooo much nicer than my old bike. I still need to make some adjustments to the seat and stuff but we've fiddled with it enough that it's definitely comfortable to ride.
On Friday I took my new bike out on a short ride all by myself--I checked out the Sea Ranch campground and then picked up my CSA box at the Gualala Arts Center. It was an easy ride and took much less time than I expected.
|Me testing out my mixte frame.|
|Looking north, down on our little village by the sea.|
|My Bower boys.|
|Have you ever seen such a cute four year old fisherman before? Or one who casts twenty feet on his own? Methinks not.|