Monday, June 29, 2009


Two teams we watched on our recent trip just played one heck of a game. Lake Elsinore outlasted the High Desert Mavericks, 33-18. Box score here.

The game is making national headlines. I can't imagine what it must have been like to be in attendance.

In other Cal League news, Manny Ramirez hit a home run while making his rehab appearance for the Inland Empire 66ers.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bikes and Food

Here is another blogger's take on the relationship between the calories we take in and the miles we put on our bikes - Gnat Likes Bikes.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Beer and Bikes

It wasn't long after I got into cycling that I asked a fellow rider to explain the link between beer and bikes. He laughed and admitted that the joy of riding your bicycle is that you always have extra calories to devote to your favorite brew.

If you are still scratching your head about how cycling fits with breweries, an article just came out that you may find helpful. Bicycling Magazine just released Brews and Bikes: the best bike-related summer beers.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Free stuff from the California League

- Two programs from Lake Elsinore and Rancho Cucamonga
- Five pocket schedules
- Tickets from our trip including our seat upgrade at Lancaster and the complimentary seats we got at Inland Empire

A few quick stats...

Trip length - 5 days
Miles - 338 (Ben), 170 (Tim), 136 (Andrew) = 664
Flat tires - only 1!

Games - 5 (one shortened due to rain)
Teams involved - 6
Ballparks - 5
Innings - 36
Home runs - 5, all in the first game - however we also saw two doubles that hit the top of the wall and bounced back in
Shut outs - 2
Home team record - 3-2

Interviews - 2

Breweries - 3
Beers sampled - 16

Friday, June 19, 2009

Day Five - game review

The fifth and final game was in Rancho Cucamonga at the Epicenter (maybe the best name for a ballpark on this trip). Home to the RC Quakes, it is the centerpiece of the city's athletic complex.

Tonight the Quakes were taking on the Lake Elsinore Storm. Oddly enough, these five games only featured one team from the Northern Division - that being the game on Wednesday which featured the Bakersfield Blaze.

While this stadium wasn't my favorite of the trip, it did offer up a few really cool features including the party patio areas down at the end of each foul line.

My wonderful and supportive wife Meredith met me at the game which was a welcome change. We had a fun time catching up on the details of our weeks apart. She also provided me with a ride home meaning that I didn't have to get back on my bike tonight. I get to let my body rest in my own bed!

The home team pulled out the victory which means that in the five games we attended the home team won three and lost two.

Tonight's game took 3 hours and 44 minutes. It was the latest game on the schedule, starting at 7:30. They also had fireworks planned for after the game. Needless to say I was getting pretty tired near the end and we ducked out after the 7th inning. I'm not one to leave a ballgame before it is over - we waited through the rain in Adelanto - but my body is beat.

What a fantastic week.

I'll be posting more review of the trip over the next few days. Thank you to everyone who made this journey possible and those who followed along on the blog!

Day Five - Review so far...

After the brewery, I headed west from Redlands and connected once again with Route 66. This time the scenery changed from the airport...

to the desolate...

to the downright bizzare...

I met up with Meredith and we're hanging out right now before heading to dinner and then the last game of the trip. I can't believe it has come to an end!

Miles today - 32
Final trip total - 338 (my projection of 317 was not that far off!)