Hong Kong: My Saturday began with a 6:15am meeting of the SIA’s, the South Island Amigos. We cycled from Pok Fu Lam to Shek O, up Satellite Hill — a short and nastily steep hill that takes the breath away — then on to then Peak. Due to low and thick clouds, we didn’t summit the very top of the Peak, so after returning to Pok Fu Lam I did some extra credit and cycled up Mt Davis Path. In total this morning’s ride covered 44 miles with a 4400 foot elevation gain.
In the afternoon one of my cyclist friends and I made the pilgrimage to Flying Ball. It’s always an adventure driving to this bike shop in Kowloon. I dropped my bike off for comprehensive servicing to make sure my gear is in tip top shape for the big ride. I bought a new Mavic wheelset and tires, chains, cables, brake pads and loaded up on Gu, among other stuff. It was a productive and expensive visit.
In between all this I did manage some quality time with my son, who was occupied for much of the afternoon at a friend’s birthday party. Yup, his social life is far more robust than mine. Fortunately, my son managed to squeeze in time for an early dinner with Dada.
Tonight I head to Los Angeles on a midnight-ish flight. For the next week I won’t do any cycling. With exactly one month away before I start TransAmerica 2010, a weeklong trip to Los Angeles and all the attendant jet lag and dinners and meetings and screenings and parties (this is Hollywood, after all) is the last thing I need. Or want.