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Brian Lucido

Brian Lucido

Atascadero, California
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Brian Lucido is a cyclist from Atascadero, California. Join Strava to track your activities, analyze your performance, and follow friends. Strava members can plan routes, participate in motivating challenges, and join clubs. Get started by signing up for free.

Monthly Activity Distance

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Current Month

  • 546.4mi
    DISTANCE
  • 48h 47m
    TIME
  • 29,508ft
    ELEVATION

Recent Achievements

  • KOM on Home Depot to Vineyard 101 NB (correct w/o intersections)
  • 3rd overall on Sandoval Rd. Interval - South
  • 3rd overall on Bypass to Vinyard
  • PR on Sandoval Rd. Interval - South

Year-to-Date

Cycling
Distance 4,248.8mi
Time 402h 42m
Elevation Gain 358,228ft
Rides 106

All-Time

Cycling
Total Distance 37,992.1mi
Total Time 3133h 5m
Total Elev Gain 2,909,721ft
Total Rides 1578

Recent Photos

  • New record (for us, but probably not Latin Americans). 5 people on one bike.  Only 4 peeps in this pic because camera died before 5th rider sat on tube in front of Brian.
  • The quintessential #panamacanal crossing.  No longer is there a 100% land connection between us and where we started.  Explored #panama in search of Nancy Prier's husband Rick's childhood home. Barely skirted the neighborhood that the book said to avoid at all costs (and the homeless guy warned us not to go there by gesturing a gun shot to the neck). Met a guy riding up from Brazil. Now exploring Panama Casco Vieja, with architecture that looks like it is from New Orleans.
  • When you travel for months at a time, you need to set a daily budget. We can usually guess if a hotel is in our price range just by looking at the outside. Well one day, we were kind of looking for a hotel, but the region we were in was obviously not in our price range. We decided we would just check out the beach.., but then we realized that beach access was only through the various hotel properties. As we stood there pondering our dilemma, a man with a yarmulke, a shawl, and a book in Hebrew appeared.  He approached us from a room at one of the nice hotels with a friendly manner. He was a Guatemalan (which might explain the friendliness - Guatemalans are collectively the most friendly people of the trip, and contrast starkly with Panameños). He was late saying his prayers because he had slept in - but he asked if he could help us find a room. We smiled, and said that we were sure that this hotel was surely out of our price range. He asked how much we wanted to pay. I said the most we ever paid for a hotel on this trip was $X. He said, "I will get you a room for $X then. But it will be small. Is that okay?" I said sure, let's have a look.  Anyway, we were out in front of this hotel and he started having a rapid conversation with the staff. Apparently, this Jewish Guatemalan dude who looked like a Hispanic Bruce Willis was a developer who bought all this beach front property with 2 partners to put in high rise hotels. He showed us the plans on his phone and they were pretty amazing. But now he is living here in this place and he loves it. He is crying because he doesn't want to change it anymore, but he must respect his partners. I had respect for his dilemma; he seemed like a very intelligent, introspective guy. We ended up staying at a beautiful room overlooking the ocean.  The small room was bigger than our apartment at home. After he said his prayers, we had a great time relaxing at his forever pool, getting to know him better and telling him some about ourselves and homeland.  This picture is from a window in the room; there were so many beautiful pictures it was hard to pick just one to share!
  • Post by Brian (should be obvious by the next line). Today I would like to talk about bathrooms and toilets. That should be enough to deter any "ewww, gross!" comments because if you're offended by that stuff, you now know to stop reading!  Note that picture has nothing to do with the post. I didn't want to take a toilet picture. 
In the United States, I would say that I encounter a plugged, spattered public toilet about 10-15% of my toilet visits. That alone is not very interesting, but what I find intriguing is that after 70 days in Latin America, I've encountered exactly zero plugged or spattered toilets. You might think that Latin America has superior plumbing, but you would be very wrong to think that.  I cannot begin to tell you how many toilets I have opened, filled the bowl to the rim, waited, hoped, prayed. Probably 75% of the toilets I visited required my additional assistance. Sometimes in gross ways. You may think it is just me, but I promise you that I have also made several guest appearances in the ladies room as a plumber following Janet. You may think it is because people pay for bathrooms down here... But Janet has only paid for two bathroom visits (and one was in Chula Vista before we crossed to Mexico). I've paid for none, holding it in until free bathrooms appear.  So, what accounts for this difference?  Are people here just like me - afraid to leave a mess in the bowl, and spend 20 minutes wishing it away?  Or is there some toilet fairy that comes by to whisk away the mess?
  • We have already seen a lot of weird things in #panama, but I thought we'd throw this one out to the crowd for analysis. We Just passed this truck all by itself in the middle of nowhere with a banana leaf on the windshield, missing rear wheel (and brake, etc). ENGINE IS RUNNING. #wtf?
  • There is great beer, good beer, day beer, shit beer, beer you put out to kill snails.... And then there is #panamas #soberana. The name alone says it all. In my quest to try every beer of Latin America, I have found the true looser.  Good thing it was just breakfast. Even with its 3.8%ABV, you will likely remain sober.
  • Janet walking the bike down the boardwalk before snorkeling. #BocaDelDrago.
  • #crocodiles as seen from the bridge. The fear of these creatures has been good for the local economy - Janet and I are more willing to pay for a hotel instead of camping down by the river.
  • Where we stayed last night #casamambo with a friendly #Italian couple. They rented this hotel, and then they rent out the rooms to others. Not a bad idea, really - rent a hotel for a year, hang out at the beach, all your friends have a free place to stay in #costarica #puravida.
  • Post by Brian. Today I realized that not everyone back home had seen one of these #calentadores before. I wish I had thought to take a picture of the more janky ones with wires sticking out everywhere. You don't have to be an #electrician to know that water and electricity are not a safe combination. These are pretty much everywhere, notice that you turn on the water up top - this one is fancy with an actual shower valve.  Actually, it is a super efficient way to heat water. One time in #Cuba, however, I turned the metal knob and felt the current pulsing through my body as the room got light and dark, electrified water cascading upon me.  Safety trumps efficiency.
  • These #monkeys were busy making more #monkeys. I feel like a jerk for taking this picture, and more of a #jerk for posting it on Instagram.
  • It cost $10US per person to come see this waterfall. Janet kindly decided to stay out and watch the bike.  It was definitely beautiful, but I was going to tell Janet it wasn't worth $10. Then I decided to swim. I realized that whenever I've been to a waterfall of this magnitude, swimming is not allowed. Wow. It was thrilling to be a part of the mayhem, and a little panic inducing because if you aren't breathing in waves of water, you're breathing in mist. Ok, worth ten bucks.