The past few days have been quite exciting planning and packing for a two month long bike trip. I think I have everything I need now. I'll be leaving in just an hour or two.
Yesterday, however, when I was just about finished packing, I thought I'd go out on a test ride with all my gear piled on. As I grabbed my bike, I didn't realize I had placed my binoculars on top of the ride. These beautiful ZEN-RAY ED3 8x43 binos fell straight to the ground. BROKEN!!! Out of alignment and broken glass. Yikes. A terrible catastrophe the day before leaving.
So now I'm left with my old trusty, but crusty Pentax pair. They get out of alignment all the time, but one only needs to scroll the focus back and forth to get them to work again. Hopefully, they will survive the next couple of months and perform how I need them too. Otherwise, I'll be stalking bird with the naked eye and probably not seeing anything new.
Well, I'm sure they will do fine.
So I change the route slightly. Tonight, I'll head to Palo Alto and stay with my friend Heidi. Sunol the next day to stay with another friend, Tanya, who just started a farm out there. From there, the birding really begins with a ride up Mines Road and Del Puerto Canyon. It's a hotspot for sure. I'm hoping for a lot of great birds like Roadrunners, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat, and who knows what else. A few hummingbirds would be nice too.
After that, I'll charge up through the Central Valley. Not really too many birding plans there, but who know. I'm sure a Swainson's Hawk will turn up somewhere over there.
Well, I've got butterflies now. Did I pack everything??? Probably forgot something, but it sure will feel good to get out on the road.
More soon I hope... Adios Pescadero!!!