CLC 2019 Ride 4: What Is Art?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

A nice sunny day and we’re off to the Bay Trail where we haven’t ridden in several months. But first we make a sharp turn off the Permanente Creek bike path into the Googleplex. Not much happening in the main courtyard but we say hi to T-Rex. A while ago some wag placed a T-Rex dropping under the back of the sculpture. I looked a little closer at it this time.

Good morning!
Apparently pink flamingos have parts that are non-digestible by T-Rex.

I rolled through the Plex and continued on through more of the goog. Still on the way to the Bay Trail, we stop to visit Deborah Butterfield’s cast bronze horse that’s in a weird location for public art. Some corporate buildings are kinda nearby but it’s mostly by itself near some old landfill mounds. The grass has shot up with the recent warm dry days so everything is overgrown. I had a little trouble getting close to the horse. I followed one path mowed through the grass but it turned out to just go to a methane well, so I had to bushwack over to the horse. Always worth it.

We will not be deterred. Pokey hasn’t seen Horse in months.
Reunited and it feels so goooood. Our path through the grass can be seen on the right.

I sat there and finished my morning tea while Pokey and Horse caught up. When it was time to go I rode back through the tall grass out to a service road where I stopped to make sure I didn’t have any tick-like hitchhikers. All good, so on to the Bay Trail.

Mustard mustard mustard.
Today’s hill climb to a closed landfill to get a little view of the South Bay.

I rode through some other corporate campuses looking for art but nothing really caught my eye. But I did ride through some local history. Onizuka Air Station used to sit at the junction of two freeways – not a very secret location for a surveillance satellite tracking station. It had several satellite dishes (“parabolic dish antennas” according to Wikipedia) and a big, blue windowless building called the Blue Cube which was known as Silicon Valley’s most likely target in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack. Comforting. The station was decommissioned in 2010 and torn down by 2014. Recently a community college opened a satellite campus (no lie!) right where the Blue Cube was. Inside are some artifacts and murals and photos from the Blue Cube’s heyday.

The current iteration of the Blue Cube.
Still one dish left.
Hi mom from a decommissioned guard shack. April Challenge met.

Headed back home after this but decided I felt peckish, seeing as it was lunchtime. I went to a local institution for an Energy Blend (yogurt and fruit shake).

Lunch at Hobee’s, ever since 1974.

From there it’s a short ride to the barn for me and Pokey.

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8 response to "CLC 2019 Ride 4: What Is Art?"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: April 15, 2019

    A very nice spring day for a ride. Interesting history about the The Blue Cube. With the long grass I was thinking, “Snakes, look out for snakes!” though ticks would definitely pose more of a threat there, I understand.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 16, 2019

      Ack! Forgot about snakes! They’re just waking up now. There aren’t a whole lot in this area but they are there. Only seen gopher snakes, no rattlers.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: April 15, 2019

    What is art? I can’t define ART, but I know it when I see it . . . and semi-digested flamingos in T-rex poo is definitely art.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 16, 2019

      You sir, are obviously a con-e-sur of Art.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: April 16, 2019

    Nice ride Kathleen. Art is, as they say, in the eye of the beholder ;’-).

    Energy blend sounded — well, energy giving …

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 16, 2019

      It got me the half mile home, so definitely energy-giving.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 17, 2019

    Nice ride, your goddessness. And it looks like the rainy season might finally be behind us.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 17, 2019

      At last, yes, the rain is behind us. I’ll be ready for a few days more in July though.

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