I went back home and changed into my running gear (which made Boomer quite happy) and packed up my hydration pack. I drove over to Garin/Dry Creek to my usual parking lot. As I was pulling in I saw a white dog running around. Soon I could see it was a Pit Bull without a collar. Great. I am all about helping out stray dogs. I have rescued numerous (at least 20) dogs in the 16 years I have lived in my current house - the last one being on July 4th. I pulled my car close to this dog and looked at him. He looked at me and scurried away. I pulled up close again and he did the same thing. I finally parked and got out of my car to see if he would give me a hint of kindness. Nope. He did not look friendly or open to being helped. I called the EBRPD main line and let someone know about this poor guy. It made me very sad that I wasn't able to help him. Since I had the two dogs in my car and it was a Pit Bull, I elected to drive up the road a few miles to Garin's main parking lot.
As I began running, I started worrying about the stray dog. I know how vicious these dogs can be and I kept seeing the look in his eyes. This made me not want to run too far in that direction with my dogs. Every noise I heard in the bushes was the Pit Bull coming at me. Every time the dogs got too far ahead of me I would panic and call them back. So, I ended up cutting the run pretty short. Just 2.5 miles. Oh well. The dogs had a great time and at least I got something done this morning.
Yesterday I went on a bike ride with Aron. Yay!
She sent me a text Tuesday night, asking if there was any chance I was available Wednesday morning for a ride. I was not happy to inform her I had to work that day but I had Thursday and Friday off. She somehow got things together for her trip down south and made yesterday morning available for a ride with me. We met in Pleasanton at 8:30. I asked her if she could handle a 40-miler. She seemed very anxious to give that a try. I took her down Foothill to the Sunol train station.
Ellen and her new friend
From there we went on some country roads back through Pleasanton and Livermore. The ride had a little bit of everything for her to experience and she handled it all like a champ!! There was no tip over, even with the little blip while trying to get clipped in on a slight hill when the light turned green. This was only her 4th ride or something like that, and her longest one so far! Good job Aron. Hopefully we can ride together again, before you get so good that I won't be able to keep up with you. ;)
07/28 - 3 mile walk
07/29 - 40 mile bike ride, 1.5 mile walk, "24SET" class