Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 7: In the Big Smoke

Nice day except for that smoke thing. There’s a milky haze everywhere. Photo doesn’t do it justice.

Monday, November 12, 2018 / 2 miles

So we end our coffeeneuring with a whimper in the smoke from a huge wildfire about 150 miles north of us. The weather patterns are not being kind to California this fall. We had a smitch of rain on October 1, and nothing in the immediate forecast. No change to smokey weather in the forecast either. Bill has it worse than I do. The people burned out of house and home have it even more worse.

The air is unhealthy. Today it’s a bit better – only “unhealthy for sensitive groups” such as the elderly and asthmatics. So I’m just going to do a short ride to my local sbux and then through the neighborhood to get the requisite two miles. There’s a milky haze over everything. Can’t smell the smoke like we could the first few days of the fire, but if I’m outdoors for long I can feel it in my throat and sinuses. Sorry to end on a downer but it’s a sad situation for California.

A quarter mile away I reach my coffeeneuring destination.
Usually it’s easy to see the mountain at the end of this street.
It’s Veterans Day (or Remembrance Day), celebrated today as a Monday holiday. It’s also Monday Night Football at the 49ers stadium a few miles away. Fighter jets will do a flyby before the national anthem. Their flight pattern took them over my neighborhood.
Whenever I feel the need to do a TransAm I come to the elementary school to get it out of my system.

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9 response to "Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 7: In the Big Smoke"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: November 19, 2018

    I keep looking for smoke-free zone. Your place? Nope. Half Moon Bay? Nope. Santa Cruz? Nope. Jack and Janet? Nope. Gotta get all the way down around Cambria before things look significantly better. I almost loaded Ogre in Forester and headed down there a few days ago, but all the motels saw me coming and jacked up rates for visitors with smoke in lungs. Forecast up here calls for rain starting early Wednesday morning and bringing much improvement after almost two weeks of this crap. Jeff and I are hoping for enough clearing on Tuesday to allow us to ride Tolay Lake Regional Park before it turns to mud and cow manure muck starting on Wednesday. Meanwhile, I think I’m wearing out my indoor trainer. Stay safe, try not to breathe, and have a great Thanksgiving.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 19, 2018

    Widespread effects from the fires, and not to mention the fire zones themselves.
    Just saw 1000 still unaccounted for — hope that all it is — unaccounted for and incommunicado for some reason.
    Press Democrat has an incredible story of evacuating a nursing home in Paradise.

    On a happier note, THERE is a TransAm I could do too!

  3. By: Lah Posted: November 19, 2018

    We mourn for the people who’ve lost their lives, homes, and businesses. I pray that the fires are controlled soon.

    Congratulations for working in a TransAm on your last Coffeeneuring ride!

  4. By: NancyG Posted: November 20, 2018

    So glad that you have rain coming your way in a day or two. That should help tremendously.

    I have done that same trans am at our local elementary school! Will have to get back there for an updated photo to share — or see if I can find an old one in my archives.

  5. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: November 20, 2018

    Hi Kathleen,
    A neighbor ‘s daughter lives in San Francisco and has had to keep her children home from school. It grieves us to see the devastation California has suffered. I hope you can stay safe and that the only fire that touches you is in your heart.

  6. By: Suzanne Posted: November 20, 2018

    Sure hope you get rain soon! Good on you for getting all 7 rides in inspite of the smoke. Now that’s dedication!

  7. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: November 22, 2018

    Hi Goddess. Looking for motivation to start camping trips this Spring, this morning I entered a search for Sub 24 overnight riding and found your write-up for such a ride on Angel Island. Great story – yet another place I would cycle if ever the opportunity arose to go cycling in the US.

  8. By: The Navigator Posted: November 23, 2018

    We had one of those state maps painted on our playground when I was a kid, too. We used to play the state game at recess where someone stood at the top of the map and yelled out a state. They then tried to run and tag one of the players on the map before they could get to a state. Being nerdy, I used a lot of strategy about what state I would call based on where people were standing!

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