|At the half way point|
The Outspoken ride starts a little later than most rides around here do - at 8:30. On top of this, we were a little delayed getting out and didn't leave until about 8:45. I knew this was going to leave me pressed for time, but it was what it was.
I don't think I've ever taken the River Trail more than 6 or 7 miles inland, so the last 13 or 14 miles of the trail was uncharted territory for me. Though it does get scenic towards the end, I'm not sure I'll be in a hurry to ride it again. I like a little bit more variety of terrain on a ride and to be honest I prefer taking my chances with cars than riding on a congested and narrow multi-use path.
|Santa Ana River Trail|
Because we started late and took a break at the turn-around point, I had to take a short cut home and missed the last 10 miles of the ride. I also didn't have enough time left to run - I was planning on doing 4-5 miles straight off the bike. Kind of a bummer, actually. I got in 53 miles in just under 3 hours of riding.
When I got home, I kept moving. I quickly ate and showered, and then Ian and I jumped in the car and drove to San Bernadino. Since Ian's almost six and I had a pair of industrial strength ear protectors in the garage, it was time for him to see what Daddy does.
The show was one of those twenty band themed touring festivals called the Mayhem Festival. These big shows are a complete pain in the ass to deal with, especially when you are as jaded as I am. The first order of business after parking was to pick up our passes, so we made our way over to will call. When we got into line, I couldn't help but notice that the guy on front of us looked at EXACTLY like Ozzy Osbourne. But I immediately knew it wasn't because:
- This guy was wearing a Black Sabbath t-shirt.
- This guy was wearing a pair of made for mass market Champion brand basketball sneakers.
- This guy was actually waiting in a line. Alone.
Once backstage, we found Suicide Silence's tour bus. Despite their band name, these guys are some of the nicest guys I know and it was all apologies for the wristband inconvenience. This was Ian's first time on a bus and he was a little nervous. But then he saw the video game console and ended up not leaving the bus until it was time to go home. At one point I noticed Ian sitting on the couch with a game controller in his hand looking a little dissapointed.
ME: "What's wrong, buddy?"
ME: "C'mon, what's wrong?"
IAN: (Pointing to a member of the band) "He stopped playing the game..."
ME: "Well he has to go play a show..."
IAN: "He's in a band?"
|Ian and I|
We left around 6 and were home by 8. Though it was a pretty good time, I'm looking forward to a more normal day tomorrow - a long run and a pool workout along with some down time around the house with the family.
I hope you all are having a good weekend.