OMG a day off, happy birthday to me!

So my birthday was on Wednesday and I told Peter that all I wanted was a day off.  I wanted nothing to do with any children all day and I wanted to go for a motorcycle ride.

I started the day, as per usual, at the Depot Cafe for breakfast.  Good food and good conversation with Don and Little Bit, two other regulars.  They’re there pretty much every time we ever go to Depot Cafe; I’m convinced they live there.

 

 

I headed straight over to the coast.  The Lemos Farm horse was resplendent in its primer today; no horse mural for me.  Unlike last time, when I found the naked horse unsettling and ghostly, today I found it optimistic and full of opportunity.  I’m sure my therapist would have a great time with that.

 

 

Cameron’s Pub now has a giant replica of a giant pumpkin, because of course it does.

 

 

My first stop was along Stage Road to watch the fog roll in.

 

 

I continued south along the coast, despite the fog.  It was a gorgeous ride and a fun time despite the falling temperatures (it felt great compared with the 90+ days we had on the Peninsula the last couple of days!).

 

 

As I was heading towards Davenport, I was idly thinking about what to do about lunch when I saw a “Brewery Ahead!” sign.  My interest piqued, I was surprised to see that the Gazos Creek gas station is now neighbor to the Highway 1 Brewing Company!  Holy crap!  That is made of awesome.  Of course I stopped.

 

 

I had a big cup of their homemade potato leek soup and bread, plus a free 1 oz sample of their Rock Queen pale ale and the seasonal hefeweizen.  Everything was great and I will definitely be back.  Now I’ll have a hard time on coastal rides trying to decide between Cameron’s, Duarte’s, and Highway 1 Brewing Company.  Verily, my life is rough.

 

 

The fog wall visible over the ocean and Pigeon Point Lighthouse:

 

 

I headed inland on Gazos Creek Road, then Cloverdale Road (I’m not honestly sure which portion of the road I took this photo on).  I had my usual postpartum unease about narrow roads — something about birthing babies makes me utterly convinced that a pickup truck is going to come around a tight corner at 50 mph and splat me — but these roads are gorgeous nonetheless.

 


A short photo stop along Pescadero Road:

 

 

….and then it was back into civilization to swing by Gator Games to pick up a game I’d ordered that arrived in stock.

 

 

Self-portrait at the game store:

 

 

Next it was off to a pedicure, which I didn’t photograph, and then a long jaunt at the Ale Arsenal to let the pedicure dry and do this blog post.  Yes sir, it’s a rough life.

 

 

I had thought I was doing OK with no days off until I took a day off.  Now I’m pretty much convinced to start Alex at daycare one day per week.  I won’t always take motorcycles rides (sometimes I’ll do exciting and decadent adventures like….going to the dentist alone!  *clutches pearls*) but I need the time to feel like a human again instead of just a harried mom.  But that’s more for the “mom motorcycling” categories and thus another blog entry.

On that note, I need to leave the Arsenal and head home to shower and get ready to go out to dinner with Peter.  Hooray for birthday day!

 

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3 Responses to OMG a day off, happy birthday to me!

  1. Kim says:

    Beautiful scenery. Dennis and I thank you for sharing your birthday ride with us! Enjoy dinner with Peter. Our love and hugs to you and your beautiful family. xox

  2. Red says:

    Oh man that photo of the bike by the water. Gorgeous!! I need to go on a long therapeutic ride on my one remaining bike.

  3. Deebeecee says:

    Not being a parent (but an uncle of both a 7 and a 1 year old), it’s been my observation that you shouldn’t feel guilty about having a “by myself day” on a semi-regular basis. Besides, a good day care (one you feel good about yourself and trust) gives the little ones time to play, make new friends and test out those new interpersonal skills they are developing. Win-win all around, and Mom gets to do things with adults, play and re-engage those interpersonal skills that don’t involve negotiations over strained veggies, why someones shoes keep disappearing or why we need to watch this DVD for the 1,451st time in a row. :-)

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