Water, death, sheep, cloud

Plenty of rain around here so far this month, which is exactly what is supposed to happen in January. Last time I checked, we were up to 80 or 90 percent of average for the rainy season.

That limits my opportunities for pedaling and means I need to hop on two wheels whenever there’s a break in the weather. Like today. With new tires on the Ogre — gotta do something on rainy days — I pedaled across town, then rode to Sebastopol and back via the Joe Rodota Trail and the Greenway. Along the way I snapped a few photos.

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5 response to "Water, death, sheep, cloud"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: January 13, 2019

    Good to hear you are getting lots of rain since you’ve been too dry for too long, though it’s sad to see all the homeless encampments washed away. Whenever I hear how wonderful the US economy is doing, I just shake my head and think; ‘for whom’. There are so many people doing it really tough – even those with secure jobs. I’m glad you could find some bright sun and murals to counteract the lows.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 14, 2019

      Hi Em. It’s always true that a (mostly) hidden population emerges during rain and high water along the trails. I reckon 99 percent of them are simply down on their luck and have no place to go, often through no fault of their own. Being “homeless” can mean many different things, from adjunct college instructors who live in cars because they can’t afford to rent an apartment, to low-income families displaced by the fires, to a small minority of hardcore addicts and troublemakers who make life difficult for everyone else and give everyone a bad name.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 14, 2019

    Good to see the rain out your way — we had some of those (what some people refer to as) ‘magical’ snowflakes in abundance Saturday.
    Sad news about the homeless guy.
    Thoughtful of someone to place the ghost bike for Sidney, from your previous post you mentioned surprise that nothing had been placed at that time. Does such a memorial require approval?
    Doubtful the homeless guy will get one.
    Otherwise, a great ride, and some fantastic artwork on the building.
    Im guessing about the last thing you thought you would wind up doing on the ride would be herding sheep!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: January 14, 2019

      Hi Rich. I’ve seen plenty of photos of adventurous touring cyclists in distant lands riding through flocks of sheep, but you’re right, I wasn’t expecting to need my shepherding skills on the Joe Rodota Trail. As to the ghost bike, I think no permit is required, but I suspect it will eventually be removed by city crews. My ace support crew, by the way, has strict instructions about erecting a ghost bike for me should that ever become necessary.

  3. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 15, 2019

    Hi Bill,
    “The poor have always been with us”. Even though the definition of poor changes with time and location. Sad to see that much needed rain can take away what little some people have.
    Sheep have a way of finding the smallest hole in a fence. I am always a bit more cautious when i see them knowing how readily they can escape. My major problem with them is that they tend to leave deposits on the road. Its best NOT to be close to the rider in front’s wheel riding through the sheep deposits.
    Cheers,
    Keith

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