Solbit Finds Out Just What Papa Did On That “Bike Tour”

Dear Nicalai,

Aren’t bike tours a lot of hard, sweaty exercise?  I found out the truth about the bike tour Papa and his friend, Dale, took from looking at the photos of their 2012 ride in Northern California.  They started in Sacramento, cycled through Napa Valley, headed to Sea Ranch on the coast, then south all the way to Davenport.   Almost right away, I noticed a big problem with their bike ride.

No problem here. Early in their 500 mile California trip, they stopped to see this Wild West sculpture. Notice where the bike is: under the bike rider.

No problem here. Early in their 500 mile California trip, they stopped to see this Wild West sculpture. Notice where the bike is: under the bike rider.

 

Now, notice where the bike is: hanging on the inside of a Caltrain car next to the bike rider.

Now, notice where the bike is: hanging on the inside of a Caltrain car next to the bike rider.

 

When I saw this picture, I asked Papa, “Did you remember to bring your seasickness pills?

When I saw this picture, I asked Papa, “Did you remember to bring your seasickness pills?”

 

My first thought was,well, they just took the street car to get out of traffic and then ride, but then I see in this photo that they’re still sitting … on a ferry boat now

My first thought was,well, they just took the street car to get out of traffic and then ride, but then I see in this photo that they’re still sitting … on a ferry boat now.

Did you notice that the sign said, “Ryde,” but they weren’t riding; they were floating across the river.  I asked Papa about that.  He said, “Solbit, the ‘ride’ that you mean is spelled with an ‘i,’ and this ‘Ryde’ has a ‘y’ and is the name of a town.”  Ok, but someone needs to tell them both to ride the bikes. I think the sign was a sign, if you know what I mean.

You know what I think?  I think that, as Papa and Dale get older, they plan bike rides that call for more transportation than pedaling.  Don’t tell them that I said so, please, but, really, I don’t think they’re setting any mileage records these days.

However, Papa may be setting a record for most flat tires on a bike tour.  I saw a lot of photos like this one.

However, Papa may be setting a record for most flat tires on a bike tour.  I saw a lot of photos like this one.

OK, that’s it for bike tour pictures. The sun is out, Nona and Papa are taking me for a couple of hikes to a place where they have trees named after Uncle Joshua and another place with something they call a “Palm Oasis.”  I can’t wait to see what that is!

I’m your friend.

Love,

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Solbit

January 2016

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

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