Rockpile

Rockpile is a fairly remote and rugged part of Sonoma County northwest of Healdsburg. Manmade Lake Sonoma, our biggest reservoir, fills some of the deep Rockpile canyons. Rockpile is also the appellation of wines produced from grapes grown in this area. Read more at Bill Bikes

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Lawndale and Kenwood

Not having pedaled Lawndale Road and Schultz Road to Kenwood in many moons, I decided to head that way today. A steep uphill segment on Lawndale. Some fast winding downhill on Schultz. A little hazy, but pleasant riding with minimal traffic, rural scenery, vineyards, and wineries. Read more at Bill Bikes

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Fathers Day: I’ve been pedaling on the railroad

The Skunk Train folks built a fleet of pedal-powered (with electric assist) “railbikes” for tourist excursions on the Skunk line. It always seemed to me that it might be interesting to try those railbikes. For Father’s Day this year, I made reservations for myself and my somewhat skeptical ace support crew. Our friends Marsha and … Continue reading "Fathers Day: I’ve been pedaling on the railroad"

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Birdland

When it comes to Animalia Chordata Aves, one of the best spots around here is Spring Lake. That’s not far away. I walk and ride around the lake all the time. So off I went on two wheels to see what the avians were up to today. Read more at Bill Bikes

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Opening Day

This year the start of the baseball season was delayed due to a dispute between millionaire players and billionaire owners about…money. But we had a beautiful day for the Giants opening game, so I had to pedal down from the bridge and do a loop for good luck…. Read more at Bill Bikes

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Blue Sky

It was extremely foggy last night, leading me to expect I could score an out-the-garage-door photo of the driveway and court wrapped in thick, impenetrable grayness this morning. Surprisingly, however, the fog burned off as soon as the sun came up, so I missed my shot. Oh, well. Clear blue sky was better for biking.

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Southwest

Looking for new territory to explore today, I remembered a recent article in the newspaper about a huge mural being painted on a building on the southwest side of town where I seldom ride. Based on that, I decided to pedal in that direction…. Read more at Bill Bikes

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Biking Barbados

I wrote this when I returned from Barbados in 1983, but didn’t see it again until 2021 when my sister discovered a long-forgotten copy while cleaning out our parents’ home after our father passed away. My brother drove from Virginia to California last week to hand-deliver the faded dot-matrix hardcopy. Read more at Bill Bikes

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That was easy!

I meticulously copied Rich’s list onto an index card, climbed aboard the Ogre, and a-scavenging I did go. Easy! Within a few minutes I had spotted everything on his list and checked it off. Not sure why the rest of the cycle365 gang is having so much trouble finding this stuff.

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Tolay

Today the weather forecast called for excellent conditions. And I had some free time, if I promised to return early enough to take part in a post-vaccination social engagement to which ace support crew and I were committed. I promise! I promise! Read more at Bill Bikes

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Bike to Wherever Day

Stardate: 12:30 – 2:30 Weather: Clear with variable sub-space radiation and occasional stardust Route: To infinity and beyond Distance: 24 parsecs Bike: Ogre with new dilithium crystals Riders: Solo, no Han Note: Today was Bike to Wherever Day (previously known as Bike to Work Day), one of many events in the Intergalactic Bay Area celebrating Bike Month. I chose to try … Continue reading "Bike to Wherever Day"

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Horseshoe Meadow, part 2

After shuttling to the top of Horseshoe Meadow Road at approximately 10,000 feet in elevation, I conducted a steep blitzkrieg down the mountainside to Lone Pine, roughly 6000 feet below. Given my speed, rough pavement, hairpin turns, and lack of guardrails, the road demanded my full attention. Fortunately, from top to bottom I encountered less … Continue reading "Horseshoe Meadow, part 2"

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Trunk Bag

Never previously photographed! So I photographed the contents of my trunk bag. Inventory: Emergency rain jacket (extremely light weight). Camera (nestled on jacket). Spare tube. Baggie of trail mix. Gorillapod mini tripod. Two allen wrenches (for emergency adjustment of brakes). Kleenex. Bicycle “business cards.” Need to add sunscreen. Hey! What happened to the US$1,000,000 in … Continue reading "Trunk Bag"

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New Bike Path

A few days ago I saw a headline in the local newspaper: “New Bike Path Connects Forestville to Santa Rosa.” What!?! How could that be? I pay attention to that kind of stuff, and I was completely unfamiliar with any plans for, or work on, such a bike path. Read more at Bill Bikes

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