My ace support crew reminded me she needed to pick up her Wine Club shipment at Paradise Ridge. That winery burned to the ground in the October fires, and a temporary tasting room opened in Kenwood while the facility is being rebuilt at the original site. By my usual meandering route, Kenwood is about ten … Continue reading "Paradise Ridge"
The calendar can be so cruel. Tomorrow we expect to see the three arched Plakidas Bridge, the bridge I most look forward to seeing on our tour of Greece. Tomorrow is June 1st – just too late. I do have one final offering for the May challenge though: this abandoned steel bridge over the Arachthos … Continue reading "May bridge challenge: in under the wire"
To the west of Kuala Lumpur is the Titiwangsa Range, which forms the backbone of the Malay peninsula. It is a 30km drive for me to get to the Hulu Langat area, but the drive is always worth it. As you can see from the satellite map below, there is hardly any development to the north … Continue reading "RIDE #78: 29 MAY 2018"
I got out of bed and onto the bike before sunrise Sunday. The forecast said temps in the mid to high 90s(F) by early afternoon, so I wanted to get a ride in early. I rode SD38 east to Humboldt and then back to Salem, a 35-mile round trip. Lots of bird activity on the … Continue reading "A bridge and a bike"
Well my entry for the bridges competition doesn’t even go over water, it’s a bridge over a railway….boring. It was an important thoroughfare for horses and carriages a hundred years ago. Then devoted to cars Here’s my ride click here Sorry this site is testing my Neo-Luddite tendancies but I’ll get it eventually See ya … Continue reading "Cyclelife May Challenge- Bridges"
We encountered a few more bridges on our weekend riding. We also wondered – does a dam wall count as a bridge or do you have to take a photo over the out-take? Most importantly, we tried for extra credit with a bridge named after Bill’s surname since he is the instigator of the challenge. … Continue reading "May Bridge Challenge: The final bridges of May"
More great weather on the weekend, so the guys and I did 890 metres of climbing over two days and 107 kms. We also managed a couple floatie sessions and time spent basking in the sun. Read more about it at the link below. Plan B – May Ride 4 – Extended twilight
It is an understatement to say I enjoy cycling. I really enjoy cycling. Enough to ride every other day so far in 2018. I especially enjoy rides to new places. This ride was mostly along familiar ground to and then along the Guthrie Corridor Expressway. We had some time to burn while waiting to connect … Continue reading "RIDE #75: 27 MAY 2018"
Moordrecht is about 30kms from The Hague, and a neighbour of Gouda, where the eponymous cheese is still traded using a ritual system called handjeklap in which buyers and sellers clap each other’s hands and shout prices. This is the Jan Thijssenweg Bridge in Moordrecht. Jan Thijssen was a Dutch resistance fighter during the Second World War.
Times have sure changed. We used to ride our “Normal” 30 mi down to Stillwater Cove nearly every day. Yesterday was the first time for us in months……what has happened? For one thing we don’t ride together that much anymore ? That’s my doing as I seem to be busy doing other things and I … Continue reading "Not So “Normal” Ride"
There is a dearth of bridges on the routes I ride in Malaysia. Unsurprisingly, not so in Holland, the land of canals. I was spoilt for bridge choices when I lived there. One of my favourites is the Vlaardingse Vaart Bridge, a bicycle and pedestrian bridge in the outskirts of Vlaardingen.
You just never know what might be found at JR’s Salvage south of town. Friend Dave and I, have pulled some decent bicycles out of there and with a little TLC have become very rideable. Treks, Raleighs, and a Centurian to name a few. One came from Cycle Smithy in Chicago — an upscale bicycle … Continue reading "Ride to the Salvage Yard"
So I like this challenge, but I’m getting behind. To speed things up a bit I’m going to batch my entries. This post is for days 13-17, and came from five consecutive days: May 11-15. The featured image is on the harbor in Agios Nikolaos, Crete. The remaining four: Continue here to see the complete … Continue reading "Cycle Days Challenge: May (entries 13 – 17)"
So let’s see if we’ve got everything right this time. Distinctive bridge, check. Month of May, check. Bicycle on the scene, check. All systems go. Built in 1956, the Old Eviprou Bridge in Chalkida (Chalcis) isn’t all that old, but it’s older than the new bridge, and is built as the newest of a succession … Continue reading "The Old Eviprou Bridge"
The raindrops started falling 10km into the ride. It was bright and sunny when I left home, as you can see from the view back to where I came from. It is an odd angle for a bike shot, but there is a bit of my bike in the photograph below. The rectangular headlight lens … Continue reading "RIDE #69: 21 MAY 2018"
Three years ago, Jeff and I bicycled through the Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta with the expectation of utilizing two ferries across water to complete the loop and return to our starting point in Rio Vista. Much to our surprise, the J-Mack ferry was out of service, essentially leaving us stranded on Grand Island … Continue reading "Islands in the Delta"
Scott took a fine photograph of the bridge at Andros, but it seems like he snapped more than one exposure. Suzanne found a copy on her computer with Rachael’s bike mysteriously appearing in the corner. I searched my hard drive and — wow! — look what I found. Does anyone recognize the woman on the … Continue reading "That Bridge at Andros, again"
We could not let the challenge period finish without getting pics of the two bridges that span the Murray River in Corowa. These pics were taken last Monday, before I was laid flat by a rotten cold for much of the past week. The Murray River is Australia’s version of the Mississippi and its tributaries … Continue reading "May Challenge 2018: Bridges 5 and 6"
I’m really sorry I can’t add an image in the comments, so I have made an extra post for this bridge. It’s not mine, it’s Scott’s. For some reason he didn’t even realize that his bike was in the picture. I guess Rachael lugged it along on the hike so he could get credit for … Continue reading "No Bike?"
It’s been challenging seeking out bridges in Greece worthy of the challenge. We’ve been in the islands, and there just haven’t been many bridges around. I’ve been quite stressed about this, as I’m sure you can imagine. We finally found a second bridge yesterday though, and it was definitely a challenge. Challenging enough that we … Continue reading "The challenging bridge at Andros"
The days are really cooling down now. If the sun doesn’t come out the house stays cool, the outside air is cool and the inside heater is on! Minimum cycling temperature for the week was 4°C at a 10am start and that did feel a bit chilly. This has caused winter cycling gear to be … Continue reading "2018 week #20 – good cycling this week"
Date: 2018/05/19 (Sat) Place: Lam Tsuen River, Kwong Fuk Estate, Taipo, Hong Kong Remark: My team-mate’s Giant Rapid taken while having late lunch. The footbridge in the background allow pedestrians and residents to cross the Lam Tsuen River.
We’ve been having a wet and chilly week here in Munich. Not a single day without rainshowers predicted either in the morning, the afternoon or both. But this morning was sunny, rain not expected until afternoon. Had to take advantage of that. Our favorite short ride is to a beer garden for a picnic lunch. … Continue reading "A Picnic and a Bridge"
I don’t really set distance goals these days, I just try and ride my bike as much as I find enjoyable. After all, I ride purely for enjoyment with the fitness aspect being a nice bonus! That said, I do try and hit 200km per week as a very rough general target. Some weeks I … Continue reading "Passing 4000km for the year so far"
Original post On Wednesday, 16 May, in hundreds of locations around the world, thousands of riders will undertake solemn rides of silence in honor of bicyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Please find a group near you, or organize one, or ride alone, and participate in the 16th anniversary … Continue reading "Ride of Silence (Updated)"
The sun finally reappeared this morning. Seems like it has been hidden by the marine layer around here for a week, although that might be an exaggeration. I need to wait a couple more days before I undertake a ride I’ve been thinking about for awhile, so today I figured I should stretch my legs … Continue reading "One “R” or Two"
I have a short hiking with my family to the highest peak in Hong Kong – Tai Mo Shan, on last Saturday. This reminded me my last riding here few years ago. Despite I had selected the safest route to start the cycling journey, the initial 13 Kilometres climbing at an average gradient of 5% … Continue reading "Top of the Town @Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong"
A moderate northeasterly breeze suggested Dave and I should head that direction for a change — seems like most often a southerly wind keeps us riding in that direction. Heading north out of town and then east we crossed the Kankakee Beaverville and Southern RR, paused for a little break and continued to the (now) … Continue reading "Ride North and East"
I pedaled downtown to participate in the Ride of Silence. Very disappointing turnout. Five riders plus one youngster on a tag along. But we rode a silent loop around downtown, and our local newspaper sent a reporter and photographer to cover the story.
Today’s Ride of Silence in Munich The Ride of Silence is an international cycling event on the third Wednesday in May, which commemorates cyclists killed and injured on public roads. Cyclists around the world are demonstrating for more attention and safety on the road. We met at 6:30 in pouring rain – otherwise there might … Continue reading "Ride of Silence – Munich"
What do they say about buses all coming at once? After a long dearth of night rides, I had two in a row. And prompted by a comment from Suzanne, I rode the other of my two bikes around the streets of KL last night. Those are the Petronas Twin Towers in the background.
The guys and I did a loop of a small mountain range last weekend – headwind all the way out and tailwind all the way back. You can read it about in the link below. Plan B – May Ride 2 – The Carboor loop
The iconic (for Tasmania) Tasman Bridge is the main connection between the Eastern and Western Shores and a significant landmark of Hobart. I cross over the Tasman Bridge each weekday on my journey to work and back (aboard my motorised two-wheeler rather than by pedal power). I have cycled across it a handful of times, but … Continue reading "The Tasman Bridge Disaster"
The unfinished black line route on my map was going to taunt me all winter. So while the weather was good, we went back to the Strathbogies to finish off the road we had to abort on our attempted tour. You can check out this two-day ride at the link below. Plan B – May … Continue reading "Back to the ‘Bogies"
We looked to avoid all the Mothers Day traffic that would be heading to eateries, scenic destinations, etc by doing a 56 kilometre loop on country roads southeast of Wangaratta. We crossed two bridges – one with water, the other with none. We also traveled over many culverts, some with water underneath and some bigger … Continue reading "May Bridge Challenge – Bridge 4"
I have been thinking about all the new Challenges appearing and how and which to tackle. Then it struck me, I had better stick to the Challenge I set myself at the beginning of the year – to ride 100 kilometres each week. I allow myself to ride any or all bikes in the stable … Continue reading "Challenges galore – what to do?"
For the past eleven months the Main Street, Broadway, of Seaside has been closed. There has been much construction. New drainage systems, sidewalks extended with added seating, trees planted and bicycle parking added. Broadway was completely closedown for several months. This caused some of the existing businesses to shutdown……the word on the street was that … Continue reading "Cycling Into The Future"
The first days of May, Janos and I were still on our Lower Bavaria bicycle tour. Our route followed the Danube to Passau, then the Vils and finally the Isar back to our starting point in Landshut. Here are the pictures.
What do you do with the bridge pictures that you took in April when the challenge is for May? You post them anyway. I also have some bridge photos in petto for the challenge, but first the non-challenge bridges. We were on the Danube Bike Path the last two days of April and of course … Continue reading "Gratuitous Bridges"
This is a continuation of my challenge to ride on 150 days this year. I’m breaking my posts up into months, beginning with April. I’ll update the post with a fresh picture from the month periodically, and you can see the entire gallery for May here. All of the photos for this month are in Greece. … Continue reading "The Cycle Days Challenge: May (days 5-12)"
It’s my birthday. Another step into the 70’s and time for an addition to the bicycle stable. So I visited Melbourne for the day, picked the trike up and brought it back on the Ferry. Here is the Greenspeed Anura on a cycle path by Port Phillip Bay on a wild day. The Tassie ferry … Continue reading "My Yellow Trike"
Short stop at what I am told is a World War 1 Era tank — at the Veterans Memorial Floral Hill Cemetery. Addendum: That’s a World War II M3 “Stuart” light tank — Thanks to Bill for the ID! Glacial moraine crests opposite the cemetery. Cold/Wet spring has delayed planting until now. Descending … Continue reading "Ride North"
Today we, I, got in a quick 15mi. It seemed like we had a head wind wherever we turned. We are having early ‘June Gloom’ FOG! With the fog comes wind to pull it either in or out…….seems like we might be in for a gloomy summer. I did have my riding buddy with me … Continue reading "My Riding Buddy…."
Day 11 May 6,2018 Took this the day we got back from our 9-day ride in Lower Bavaria, and didn’t feel like riding far. An annual Munich Street Festival was taking place and we had a look around. For the shot I placed my bike next to the news stands. Abi Ofarim’s death at the … Continue reading "Cycling Days With Victoria – Days 11, 12,13"
Continuing with the Hong Kong Cycling Routes Collection, our group have a short ride along the seaside of the Ma On Shan area. This is not a challenging trip but just to enjoy the blue sky, bright sunlight and beautiful view with friends and loved ones. You may click here for more details on my … Continue reading "Seaside Riding along Ma On Shan, Hong Kong"
For the Challenge of the Month, all bridges are welcome. A few miles down the road we have a famous one. It might not be the longest, the highest, the newest, or the fanciest bridge on the planet, but it’s pretty nice. Around here, we think of it as a breathtakingly beautiful symbol of the … Continue reading "One Bridge to Rule Them All"
Friday, May 4, 2018: On Wednesday, I reserved one of the tent sites at the nearby Lake Vermillion State Recreation Area for Friday night. So, Friday after work I loaded up my tent etc. and rode the 20 miles to the park. Only 1 of the other 3 tent sites was occupied. However, the RV … Continue reading "Weekend"
May 5, 2018 Day 10/100 My bicycle posing next to a beer vat, a relic from the days when our hotel had its own brewery. My goal is 100 rides with pictures of my bike, named Victoria, or someone else’s bike for that matter, before the end of the year. Just one picture from any … Continue reading "Cycling Days with Victoria – 10"
May 4, 2018 Day 9/100 Near the end of the tour in Lower Bavaria, the dandelions are going to seed and the canola fields are turning green. My goal is 100 rides with pictures of my bike, named Victoria, or someone else’s bike for that matter, before the end of the year. Just one picture … Continue reading "Cycling Days with Victoria – 9"
May 3, 2018 Day 8/100 At a crossroads: To a monastery or a beer garden? My goal is 100 rides with pictures of my bike, named Victoria, or someone else’s bike for that matter, before the end of the year. Just one picture from any given ride/day is the only rule for the challenge. My … Continue reading "Cycling Days with Victoria – 8"
May 2, 2018 Day 7/100 Team Kertesz-Gibson on the road My goal is 100 rides with pictures of my bike, named Victoria, or someone else’s bike for that matter, before the end of the year. Just one picture from any given ride/day is the only rule for the challenge. My gallery with all my challenge … Continue reading "Cycling Days with Victoria – 7"
May 1, 2018 Day 6/100 Touring in Bavaria – churches, churches and more churches My goal is 100 rides with pictures from my bike rides before the end of the year. Just one picture from any given ride/day is the only rule for the challenge. My gallery with photos from May is here.
April 30, 2018 Day 5/100 On tour, somewhere in Lower Bavaria. My goal is 100 rides with pictures of my bike (named Victoria) – or the bike of someone I’m riding with – before the end of the year. Just one picture from any given ride/day is the only rule for the challenge. My gallery … Continue reading "Cycling Days with Victoria – 5"
April 29, 2018 Day 4/100 Following the Danube Bike Path on our Lower Bavaria tour My goal is 100 rides with pictures of my bike, named Victoria, before the end of the year. Just one picture from any given ride/day is the only rule for the challenge. My gallery with photos from the beginning of … Continue reading "Cycling Days with Victoria – 4"
I came across Bill’s Journal cycling from Colorado to Virginia and was particularly interested in the section covering Illinois, and especially Vermilion county (Paxton to Lafayette Indiana). The description of Bill’s thoughts about the motel here in town, while very accurate, are still the source of a good chuckle. Many of the descriptions and photos … Continue reading "Cheneyville Bridge 2011/2018"
Date: 2018/05/06 (Sun) Place: Sai Sha, Sai Kung, Hong Kong Remark: My team-mate’s Giant TCR SLR 1 taken on our return trip from Sai Sha. The footbridge in the background facilitates residents and pedestrians to safely cross the busy motorway below. By the way, I’m a little bit lazy and tried to … Continue reading "2018 Cycle Days Challenge – Photo #002"
April 28, 2018 Day 3/100 Somewhere in Lower Bavaria. Selfie in a traffic mirror. My goal is 100 rides with pictures of my bike, named Victoria, before the end of the year. Just one picture from any given ride/day is the only rule for the challenge. My gallery with photos from January through April is … Continue reading "Cycling Days with Victoria – 3"
April 27, 2018 Day 2/100 First day on tour in Lower Bavaria. Only April and great weather! I’ll be writing a journal on the ride eventually and link it here somewhere. My goal is 100 rides with pictures of my bike, named Victoria, before the end of the year. Only one picture from any given … Continue reading "Cycling Days with Victoria – 2"
It started as a simple ride out the Greenway bike path. Then I decided to photograph some of the Greenway bridges for the current Cycle365 Challenge of the Month. Then I ran into Rich and Sandra. Then I detoured to campus for a quick inspection. Then, the next thing I knew, I was in double … Continue reading "Greenway Bridges & Double Trouble"
Just downstream from the 7th street bridge, the North Fork makes a 90 degree turn to the south. “Party Bridge” crosses on County Road 4000N. Newly tilled and planted field. It is subject to flooding, so we will see what happens as the summer progresses. Here is the view a few days later with the … Continue reading "“Party Bridge”"
My first, possibly only submission for the May Bridge Challenge. There don’t seem to be many noteworthy bridges in Crete, and it took some research to ferret this one out. I’m grateful to Bill for posting this challenge, because I would have missed this bridge otherwise. Not too impressive from the road surface, and there’s … Continue reading "The Keritis Bridge"
This 1970’s style concrete road bridge is not as romantic as “Ferry Cross The Mersey” by Gerry and the Pacemakers but it got me from West to East Devonport. While crossing I didn’t sing “Ferry C T Mersey” much to everyone’s relief. Devonport is big on petroleum and bunker fuel imports. It smells very rich. … Continue reading "Brompton on a “Bridge cross the Mersey”, Tasmania"
There just aren’t many unless you ride south to Big Sur then you have several options. With current road construction and my lack of riding I don’t see that happening anytime soon. So, today I present to you the bridge on Pearl street in Monterey. It takes you across Lake El Estero which is a … Continue reading "Finding Bridges in Monterey….not so easy!"
I got lazy about posting my 2018 Cycle Life Challenge rides from last week. I did get the rides in before April 30; I just didn’t get them posted here until now. My eternal glory is in question. I’ll will accept whatever decision The Goddess makes. Monday April 23, 2018: It’s a lovely day here … Continue reading "CLC 2018 #6: Canistota"
The Ogre isn’t really a mountain bike—no shocks—and it’s built for fire roads and gravel and the like, not steep, rocky singletrack. The South Burma trail in Annadel is very rugged and rocky. Rocky in the sense that big, half-buried, immovable rocks practically block the trail and make it impossible to pick a smooth line. … Continue reading "South Burma"
Hello Our darling CLCers, We had a wonderful Cycle Life Challenge this year, and you all did splendidly. We are still studying everyone’s rides so the appropriate Eternal Glory is awarded, so stay tuned for the celestial choirs. – Yr Goddess
My entry for the Old Grumbleface May Bridge Challenge is going to be a history lesson. Not a very in-depth history lesson, but certainly an exciting and self-serving history lesson. When I set out this morning I thought I would simply meet the minimum requirement of a picture of my bike strategically placed in front of … Continue reading "The Famous Spiral Bridge: My O.G.M.B.C. Submission"
In honor of the current Cycle365 Challenge of the Month: Around northern California, “the Bay” usually refers to the broadest demarcation of San Francisco Bay, including its assorted lobes and other features such as San Pablo Bay, Carquinez Strait, Suisun Bay, etc. That large body of water defines and divides the landscape of our “Bay … Continue reading "San Francisco Bay Bridges"