Sunday, April 14, 2019
A nice sunny day and we’re off to the Bay Trail where we haven’t ridden in several months. But first we make a sharp turn off the Permanente Creek bike path into the Googleplex. Not much happening in the main courtyard but we say hi to T-Rex. A while ago some wag placed a T-Rex dropping under the back of the sculpture. I looked a little closer at it this time.
I rolled through the Plex and continued on through more of the goog. Still on the way to the Bay Trail, we stop to visit Deborah Butterfield’s cast bronze horse that’s in a weird location for public art. Some corporate buildings are kinda nearby but it’s mostly by itself near some old landfill mounds. The grass has shot up with the recent warm dry days so everything is overgrown. I had a little trouble getting close to the horse. I followed one path mowed through the grass but it turned out to just go to a methane well, so I had to bushwack over to the horse. Always worth it.
I sat there and finished my morning tea while Pokey and Horse caught up. When it was time to go I rode back through the tall grass out to a service road where I stopped to make sure I didn’t have any tick-like hitchhikers. All good, so on to the Bay Trail.
I rode through some other corporate campuses looking for art but nothing really caught my eye. But I did ride through some local history. Onizuka Air Station used to sit at the junction of two freeways – not a very secret location for a surveillance satellite tracking station. It had several satellite dishes (“parabolic dish antennas” according to Wikipedia) and a big, blue windowless building called the Blue Cube which was known as Silicon Valley’s most likely target in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack. Comforting. The station was decommissioned in 2010 and torn down by 2014. Recently a community college opened a satellite campus (no lie!) right where the Blue Cube was. Inside are some artifacts and murals and photos from the Blue Cube’s heyday.
Headed back home after this but decided I felt peckish, seeing as it was lunchtime. I went to a local institution for an Energy Blend (yogurt and fruit shake).
From there it’s a short ride to the barn for me and Pokey.