FAIRFIELD — Linda Morrison, for more than three decades, has been a Suisun Valley bike rider and, at age 74, plans to keep going.
She rides from her home over the bridge crossing Suisun Creek at Morrison Lane and Suisun Valley Road. Then she’s off, traveling past vineyards, olive groves and oak trees, doing a 16-mile loop using Wooden Valley Cross Road in Napa County or taking a shorter trip using Clayton Road.
Solano County’s wine country is her playground. She rides through an area that could be on a postcard, one that is about far more than grapes and wineries. Suisun Valley has all types of farms.
“You get the scenery,” Morrison said. “I see the cows, I see the sheep.”
She rides on Thursdays and Saturdays and usually goes in midmorning, when traffic is lighter. She wants to avoid both commute traffic and traffic heading to Lake Berryessa hauling boats.
Some of the roads she takes are narrow and some, such as a stretch of Suisun Valley Road, have a shoulder. She finds the motorists courteous. At least, most of the time.
“Only one time in all those years did someone throw something at me while they were passing,” Morrison said. “I think it was an apple.”
She grew up in Vallejo, where her parents didn’t like her riding a bike for fear she’d get hurt. She married Lane Morrison and moved to Suisun Valley in 1974. She started riding in the valley on her stepdaughter’s bike until her husband bought her a bike of her own.
Morrison prefers her Suisun Valley outdoors to the inside of a gym when it comes to cycling. She wants scenery and fresh air.
“I just can’t imagine sitting there watching the television screen pedaling a stationary bike,” she said.
Not that she has anything against a gym. She goes to one four times a week to swim, another sport she enjoys. She swims 28 laps each visit.
Her Wooden Valley Cross Road route goes to Gordon Valley and includes hills that she likes to glide down, to see how far she can go. Recently, as she came to the end of her glide, two cyclists went past her.
“I thought, ‘They must think I’m pretty slow,’ ” Morrison said.
Then she thought, “I wonder what they’ll be doing when they are 74?”
Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.