Tea, deathtrap, and cyclisk

I had three items on my agenda for today, two of them far more pleasant than the other one:


  • Quaff a cup of tea (and wolf down a scone) in Sebastopol in order to make progress (ride number five out of seven) in the Coffeeneuring Challenge
  • Stop and pay my respects at the intersection in Santa Rosa where a bicyclist died beneath the wheels of a dump truck a few days ago
  • Photograph an objet d’art in accordance with the Challenge of the Month for November: outdoor art

Mission accomplished.

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7 response to "Tea, deathtrap, and cyclisk"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 3, 2018

    Thank you for commemorating the cyclist. Tragic situation that didnt have to happen.
    Will ride in silence for her.

    On a happier note, just as I saw that chain guard on the obelisk, I was wondering if you could pull that for me, and then read the caption, 🙂

  2. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: November 4, 2018

    That was terrible news about that cyclist. I remember that spot on the trail. Thanks for doing that. And the art – *mwah!*

  3. By: Seasidejanet Posted: November 4, 2018

    Bill thanks for all the reminders about our safety….however today at work a fellow work mate in the tasting room showed me pictures of her friend in SD who was out jogging and was hit and run by a cyclist (female) going 30+mph. She was assisted by the cyclists friend and taken to the hospital where she spent hours in surgery. Guess we aren’t always the good guys.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: November 4, 2018

    All I’ve got to say is– that Cyclisk is AMAZING!

  5. By: NancyG Posted: November 4, 2018

    The cyclisk reminds me of a bike “monument?” that I saw on a bike trip in South Dakota. Since I do not know if or how I can post the photo here, but will include it in my next post for interest.
    Thank you for honoring our fallen camarade, and reminding us of our vulnerability.

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: November 5, 2018

    I like the monument – but who picked the location? Is it actually in a more scenic spot than it appears?

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 5, 2018

      New construction required to provide funds for public art. Apparently the art installation needs to be near the construction. So we have an interesting bicycle obelisk jammed into a little corner adjacent to a very congested auto dealership along a busy main drag. It seems out of place, but perhaps part of the appeal comes from the juxtaposition of junked bikes and shiny new automobiles.

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