Posted by: Travis | November 11, 2009

A Car, an Upset, and Bike Rides

Last weekend was pretty much awesome from beginning to end.

Things started off Friday after work going down to a Volkswagen dealership in San Jose to look at a car. We had our eyes on the new Golf TDI (diesel) but VW has been slow to make them and they are creeping into dealerships at a rate of 1-2 per month. This leaves no room for options, you have to buy whatever the dealers get, creates high demand, and limited supply, giving the buyers no leverage when the dealership decides to put a $5,000-7,000 mark up on the car over MSRP. We did some looking around and realized we could a year old car of the same model (then called the Rabbit instead of the Golf) with under 15,000 miles on it for about half what one dealership wanted for a new Golf TDI. Sounds like a no brainer to me. So we went down to San Jose, we both drove the car, liked it, liked the price, and 90 minutes later Rachel drove off the lot in a new (used) car! She now has a car that will reliably get her from point A to point B, has both AC and heat, and has a radio/CD player. We’re going to keep the Ghia, maybe only drive it on the weekends, and hopefully do some work on it and turn it in to a cool weekend car.

rabbit 1

Rachel caught a rabbit!

We celebrated afterward by going out for mexican food and margaritas.

rabbit 2

Rabbit in daylight ( that's the Ghia in the back)

Saturday morning i got to go for a 4 hour ride with my club, then rush home, jump in the shower, then Rachel and i jumped on our bikes and headed over to Stanford to watch the Stanford-Oregon football game. Oregon was heavily favored and at the time was one of the hottest teams in the country, but Stanford outplayed them all afternoon and ended up coming away with the win. The students rushed the field so we followed suit. I’ve always wanted to be at a football game where the students rushed the field (and my team wasn’t on the loosing end of it).

rush 1

On the field

The atmosphere was just electric. It was a very cool thing to be a part of / witness.

rush 2

Sunday i got Rachel to go on a bike ride with me down south to Steven’s Canyon. We ended up being gone for almost 4 hours. Considering she hadn’t been on a longish ride in a few months she did remarkably well.

This Saturday is a twilight cyclocross race between us and San Francisco at Sierra Point. I just got a cowbell and stopped by BevMo to stock up on some Belgian beer, so we’ll be doing some of this. It’s going to be really fun. This is supposedly the ‘cross race in the Bay Area that draws the largest crowds and has the rowdiest spectators, so i’m hoping it’s a blast. I’ll make sure and take the camera, maybe even get some video.  In the mean time, you can check out this awesome ‘cross video. We’re planning on grabbing dinner at one of three newer places in San Francisco (Flour+Water, Spork, or Starbelly) before hand. Not sure what the plan is for Sunday…maybe recovering from Saturday.



  1. You should ride it!

  2. eh…no cross bike…no mountain bike, just a road bike and retro fixed gear, neither of which is well suited for cross. Maybe next season though. I’m definitely intrigued.

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