Yesterday we braved the arctic cold to make this ride which we do a couple of times a year. We put on several layers of clothing and started out. The sky was beautiful with threatening clouds gliding by interrupted by bursts of sunshine; believe me every burst was welcome. Considering our recent heavy rain, we felt the trail was relatively free of debris. And although spring seems far away, there were trees in bloom. Please see my post of March 22, 2010 to see where to park and to learn more about this trail.
After our ride, as always , we went in search of lunch. Arriving at our favorite Livermore eatery, Garré Winery, we discovered that the place was packed with some kind of a wine tasting event. Disappointed, we returned to downtown Livermore where we found a hearty welcome and good, warm food at Strizzi’s on First Street.
After lunch we wandered into Cal Bicycles, where a genial young man showed us a Giant brand folding bike that he said was actually made by Dahon. It looks like all that we are looking for in a new bike, but the ones that we now own have been so good that we are leery about replacing them. Does anyone out there know anything about the Expressway folding bike by Giant?
Livermore is an interesting town. When I was growing up in Danville, it was an outpost of civilization. But with the founding of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1952, the town began to grow. Now since the wine industry has burgeoned in the area, there are beautiful homes as well as fine restaurants and arts venues. The old town has been restored, and the town is definitely worth a visit.