Thursday, July 4, 2013
More Biking In California
I do love my bike photos!
I purchased this one from the same dealer, at the same time, as yesterdays post. They aren't the same people, but the landscape looks similar, plus, I've been to Sonoma County, so I have some first hand knowledge of what it looks like. I can't be sure that this photo is from the same person as the last entry, but I'm going out on a rather short limb and state my opinion that it is.
I've long known that the Russian River Valley and Sonoma County have been getaways for the well-to-do of San Francisco; they built their country houses, had their rustic weekends, and found a refuge from the cold bay area, while avoiding the heat of the central valley. I've also been informed that, in the thirties and forties, big bands played along the Russian River. I can imagine these people, packing up their car, driving over the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge, spending the day riding their bikes along dirt roads, soaking in the river, then cleaning up and dancing (outdoors?) the night away to some regional, society band. For those who could afford it, it must have been a sweet life.