From the bottom of Calaveras to "the wall" is 13.7 miles. My time getting there is getting better and better. I was seven minutes faster yesterday than I was on Friday with Jana and 19 minutes faster than the first time I did it! Bryan had to wait for me a couple of times but hey, at least he got a break. I never stopped! Like I said before, it's ten miles up a steady climb, not horrible though.
Once we got to "the wall" it was super fun down hill from there. The reward was very sweet! At one point, we were coming up to a sign that flashes your speed at you if you are going too fast. The speed limit here was 35 mph. It flashed 38 mph at me. I was speeding, on my bike! LOL After that it was a nice flat 12 miles back to my front door. The entire ride was 28.5 miles and took 2:03.
Then it was time to start celebrating Sara's 23rd birthday. First we met my Mom for a sushi lunch (she wasn't able to come to dinner with us). Then for dinner, Sara decided she wanted to go to Olive Garden. We were going to drive to The Old Spaghetti Factory in San Jose but it was getting late and we were all hungry so Olive Garden, less than a mile from home, it was.
The birthday girl
It is mind boggling to think I am the mother of a 23 year old. It seems like just yesterday she was turning two, or three. I had Sara when I was 22 years old. How can she be older than that? I think of my Mom when I had Sara and she became a grandmother for the very first time. She seemed old to me. How is it that I am actually at that age where I could become a grandmother? Everything happened so fast. I was a stay-at-home Mom from the time she was in 3rd grade. I drove her to school and picked her up every single day until she FINALLY got her driver's license, two weeks before she graduated high school. She's been out of high school for over five years. She's been out of the house for at least three years. I don't know, it's just really strange to think about it all. 23 years of my life seem to have just whizzed by without me even batting an eye.
Me and my "baby"