Tour de Murals

We had almost zero rain prior to the lockdown. Now that we’re under orders to stay at home, we’ve had several rainy days, which actually seems like reasonable timing.

Back to sunny weather today. I was itching to get out for a ride, but our lockdown has been extended and some additional bike paths and destinations have been closed down. Nevertheless, I needed to stretch my legs, so I set out to investigate the latest changes. To begin with, I wanted to see if the paved Brush Creek Trail—my main route for getting across town to routes running north, west, and south—had actually been closed to bikes as reported in the newspaper.

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12 response to "Tour de Murals"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: April 2, 2020

    Poor Bike Monkey, not a good time to be in events. But if those murals didn’t brighten your day, I don’t know what would! Nice finds!

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 2, 2020

    Some nice murals there, sometimes it pays just to randomly go cycling ion an unfamiliar area, never know what you’ll find.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: April 2, 2020

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen murals with such vibrant colors. And the butterflies on the garage mural is the coolest one I’ve ever seen painted on somebody’s residential property.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 4, 2020

      vibrant colors

      These looked new. No sign of fading, streaks of bird droppings, or tags. Very eye-catching colors and styles.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: April 2, 2020

    Such murals so near to your home! We never know what we will find as we pedal around the next corner. Nice discoveries.

  5. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: April 2, 2020

    What a terrific outing that you could discover some new murals. Being forced off your usual route opened up some great photo ops. Continue to stay healthy, Captain TP! Cheers & happy pedaling.

  6. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 2, 2020

    Great murals!
    So, do building owners do them? Have them commissioned?
    Do street artists just do them?
    Very talented whoever does them.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 4, 2020

      I’m not sure, but I think the provenance varies. There are a few that look like they’ve been commissioned by the owner, because the artwork matches the use of the building. Some look like they’ve just popped up without permission, and they don’t usually last too long. Others, like the last eight or so, look like the artists (sometimes groups of art students from local schools) received permission to have at it. In our little SOFA “arts district,” it definitely looks like the artists are actively seeking permission to paint every wall they can.

  7. By: Seasidejanet Posted: April 3, 2020

    What great finds……….our bike trails in Monterey were closed today…..and a new “no travel” notice? It says we can walk with distance but nothing about biking? We’re hanging in there.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 4, 2020

      Hi, Janet. Glad to see you and Jack are still alive and kicking! Every park (state, regional, city, etc) in Sonoma County has been closed, and every bicycle/multi-user trail/path outside of the parks has been closed to bikes. Other than that, bicycling is okay here as long as social distancing is maintained. Of course, all the closures really limit routes and destinations. I’m still out and about on two wheels, but I always need to think about where to go and how to get there. Much tougher when I need to rely on streets and roads I can normally avoid by using trails. But way better than no pedaling at all! Take care and stay safe.

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