D-Day

In 1983, as part of my ride from Athens to London, I spent three days bicycling along the D-Day invasion beaches in Normandy. Just in case anyone is interested, here’s a link to the D-Day pages from my ’83 journal, hosted over at CycleBlaze: D-Day

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In Memory

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, so I felt it appropriate to pay my respect at the war memorials in some of the surrounding villages. Quite sunny though cool enough for arm warmers and gilet. Memorial in Appleton commemorates 16 local men who fell in both World Wars. Bigger village, Cumnor, more … Continue reading "In Memory"

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One Brick at a Time

Janet is right. Northern California suffers from a relative dearth of brick buildings. Why? Earthquakes. Brick buildings tend not to stand up to earthquakes too well. In the big 1906 quake, Santa Rosa suffered proportionally more damage than San Francisco. Practically every brick edifice in town collapsed. Nowadays, most of the brick walls around here … Continue reading "One Brick at a Time"

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CLC 2019 Ride 1: Tomales, Chileno Valley, and Petaluuuuma

Thursday, March 14, 2019 The wife and I traveled to that tourist hotspot in Sonoma County known as Petaluma when we had a few days off. Why there? I have lots of rellies that live in Sonoma County, including lots of them in Petaluma, and we hadn’t seen them in a long time. Plus my … Continue reading "CLC 2019 Ride 1: Tomales, Chileno Valley, and Petaluuuuma"

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CLC 2019, #5: Slipping off the back of the pack

With the tread of G-2’s rear wheel fading into the distance, I’m starting to lose hope of breaking the tape on this spring’s challenge.  Still, I’m in it to win it so I’ll plug away, keeping my chance alive.  Maybe Doris will flatten or get waylaid by the midwest’s floodwaters and I can zip past … Continue reading "CLC 2019, #5: Slipping off the back of the pack"

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CLC 2019, #4: Saint Johns and Cathedral Park

I really HATE IT when I’m in a race and don’t realize it until my competitor zips past with a well-timed taunt.  Typically this happens with Rachael, who likes to sneak up from behind and then whiz by gleefully proclaiming “Race, I win!” So I’m understandably none too pleased when I read the comments on my … Continue reading "CLC 2019, #4: Saint Johns and Cathedral Park"

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Sonoma County was inundated by torrential downpour for days. Santa Rosa received the most rainfall in a single day going back all the way to the earliest records kept in the 1800s. Rivers, creeks, and waterways overflowed. Streets, roads, and highways flooded. Residents along the Russian River received mandatory evacuation orders. Hundreds of miles away … Continue reading "Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument"

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