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I use this section as an archive documenting things I’ve done in recent and not-so-recent years. In 2022 I made this my cycling journal, but if you page through, you’ll see posts that go all the way back to 2005. 

Canyons and Valleys

Canyons and Valleys

Sunday morning solo ride on what turned out to be a glorious day. Started off foggy and cool, sun was breaking through by the time I got through CV.

Who U Gonna Call

Who U Gonna Call

Against my better instincts, I trusted that a) my questionable tube would hold air, and b) the valve on my spare wouldn't be faulty. ML to the rescue at 6:30 am.

Major Taylor Juneteenth

Major Taylor Juneteenth

Joined a big group of cyclists to celebrate what I believe is the newest federal holiday on a ride that toured Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland, and to honor cycling pioneer Major Taylor. Happy Father's Day!

All Wheels Need Love

All Wheels Need Love

Took 4 wheels in for service, got 2 wheels back and forth in the mean time. Finally swapped out my front tire.

Getting There

Getting There

Made it to work, unknowingly took a shard of glass in my front tire, didn't know it was flat until it was time to ride home. Discovered I had a faulty replacement tube - the core of the presta valve didn't stay seated. Alas, all the bike shops were closed.

Slight Deviation

Slight Deviation

Lost a mile by not turning on the Garmin at the start, so I added a couple miles at the end to round things out.

Donut, Savant?

Donut, Savant?

Connected with the Hansen kids, coffee and donut propelled me up Redwood! Plus, good to have brakes again!

Mornings Are Best

Mornings Are Best

It can't be just me - I left the house at quarter to six and enjoyed a cool, uncrowded commute today, then a moderately warm but pleasant ride home.

Salad to Surf

Salad to Surf

While visiting relatives in Salinas, I managed to get a ride starting from the Salad Bowl of America, across to Fort Ord, up to Marina Beach and back.

74/2119

74/2119

Nice Saturday morning spin from the hills to the bay, and back home through the canyon. Stretches of bliss.

Continuum

Continuum

What should have been a single day's ride was slightly interrupted.

Couple Miles Shy

Couple Miles Shy

Should've been a little over 22 miles, but I neglected to start my Garmin when I took off after work. So there's a straight line segment marking the distance "as the crow flies."

71/2,031

71/2,031

Hard to beat a spring morning on the Tunnel Road loop 🙂

70/2,015

70/2,015

Today was officially Bike to Work Day, my ride made it 4 days in a row.

69/1987

69/1987

That's the number of rides and total mileage year to date.

Why So Early, Montel?

Why So Early, Montel?

I rode to work super early in order to make it to San Jose by 6:30am. What was I thinking? Answer to trivia: The Kiel Canal, which connects the North Sea with the Baltic Sea, runs for roughly 60 miles in GERMANY.

Trivia Tuesday

Trivia Tuesday

The answer to today's question will be in the next ride's post. The Kiel Canal, which connects the North Sea with the Baltic Sea, runs for roughly 60 miles in what country?

Get Up Offa That Thing

Get Up Offa That Thing

Weekday commute. Left a bit later than usual to a) let it warm up a tad, and b) let the school crowds subside for a less busy route down Williams Ave.

Up and Over

Up and Over

Revisiting part of last Saturday's route, then back from Moraga via Pinehurst.

Get Up and Go!

Get Up and Go!

First ride of the week after Saturday's century. Still a bit tender around the saddle (ya know, without being crude...)

Ride 4AReason 2022

Ride 4AReason 2022

Well, the big day was this past Saturday. I was one of 300+ riders to participate in Ride 4 a Reason, a cycling event to benefit Oakland and Alameda public schools. I rode the event once before in 2018. In 2019 I had surgery in January that kept me off a...

Casual Lunch Ride

Casual Lunch Ride

Last ride before the main event this weekend. An easy loop on familiar trails near work.

Evening Tunnel Loop

Evening Tunnel Loop

Just a little ride with ML and Drew to get the blood flowing in the lowest mileage week of the year.

Cmon, Technology!

Cmon, Technology!

I really wanted to document this ride, although I'd done it a couple times before. It's more or less a route that traces the outer edge of the city, into North Oakland, down to the estuary on my way in to work, then San Leandro to Castro Valley and home via Redwood....

R4R 2022 04 02

R4R 2022 04 02

Ramping up to the ride on April 23, today's 75 mile route was a solid challenge.

Redwood Solitude

Redwood Solitude

Saw one other bike, maybe 3 cars between Skyline in Oakland and the golf course in Castro Valley. Remarkable commute today.