You've probably heard of Napa, and possibly even Sonoma. Well, northern California has another, much less well-known wine region that tourists wouldn't really think (or want) to visit- Livermore. Yesterday, some friends of ours planned a great 30 mile bike ride through this region which of course ended with a picnic and wine drinking. (Thanks, Michelle and Danielle!)
During the drought, brown is the new green
Because of its lower popularity compared to Napa and others, the roads are actually much more suitable for biking. You can find miles of relatively nicely-paved roads with very little traffic. We did have one encounter with a man in a tiny porsche. We (a fairly large group) were stopped at a stop sign trying to figure out which way to go, and the car was approaching. It wasn't slowing down and instead, the guy lays on the horn as he comes up on us. Were we taking up 1/2 the road? Sure. Was there any sign of human life or any civilization that would prevent him from maneuvering around us? Absolutely not. He flipped us off as he passed too, in case we weren't sure how he felt about cyclists :p
Staying true to our blog namesake!
There are two types of people in this world- those who would sleep through a magnitude 6.0 earthquake, and those who wouldn't. I'm the former. Travers is the latter. So I was woken up for 10-15 sec (?) of pretty legit shaking, although I somehow missed the initial jolt. I was groggy and our floors were creaking, and I was hoping that our place wouldn't fall apart. It didn't... but it was a good reminder to have an emergency plan.