Cycle365, its issues, and Team Anderson’s issues

By now, any of you that have attempted to use the site within the last 48 hours are aware that it’s experiencing significant technical difficulties.  We’ve heard from most of the active users either directly or through Bill, and we’ve experienced them ourselves.  And actually, at least one of these issues has been apparent to me for probably two or three months – it’s been about that long since I’ve been able to log onto the site other than through the workaround of accessing the logon screen by attempting to leave a comment on someone’s post.  It’s surprising to hear that some of you have apparently just experienced this for the first time in the last day or two.

First off, our thanks to Bill for his own research efforts.  One very helpful thing is that he identified the fact that our security certificate had expired.  We spent several hours last night figuring out how to do this and installing a new certificate, and for a while last night it looked like it had resolved the issues.

But it didn’t, apparently.  And again, our thanks to Bill for discovering the useful workaround that you can successfully access the site through this link (with the HTTPS prefix instead of HTTP).  I’ve tried it and it works for me, so you might try that also.  And if it works, save off the link or add it to your desktop as the normal way you access it.

And if it doesn’t work?  Well, I’m really sorry.  We (especially Rachael) have invested a lot of time and stress points into understanding and correcting the problem and are out of ideas.  Rachael and I think it’s time for us to more or less step down from our technical  roles maintaining this site.  We’re more than happy to support it financially and keep the site alive for as long as people want it, but we don’t really have the technical skills and knowledge to address some of the issues – and it feels selfish to say so but it really doesn’t fit into our lives now.  When we activated the site we still had a home and a fair amount of time on our hands, but it really doesn’t work well to keep the site alive when we’re mostly on the road as we are now.

I hope you understand; and if anyone wants to assume technical responsibility we can easily grant all the needed authorities so you can do so.

In friendship,

Scooter and Rocky

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7 response to "Cycle365, its issues, and Team Anderson’s issues"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: December 11, 2021

    Things actually seem to have settled down for me. I think. I’ve been able to log in via the “login” link at the very bottom of the page, and all seems to be okay.

    But I completely understand your situation. With your peregrinations, it’s a wonder that you’ve been able to hang in as long as you have. Many thanks for that hard work and dedication.

    My thoughts return to an earlier suggestion. Perhaps it would be appropriate to fold 365 into CycleBlaze if our little rides (and challenges) would be welcome over there. If no one steps up to run 365 — sorry, but my plate is full — I think it would be better to merge with CB rather than just allow 365 to expire.

    Just my two cents.

    Anyway, thanks again for your hard work resolving latest problems, as well as your years of running (and financing) the site.

    • By: Scooter Posted: December 11, 2021

      Thanks, Bill. I agree with your thoughts on cutting over to use CycleBlaze; and I think there’s a pretty good model in place for how to do this. Folks might check out
      Graham Finch’s journal Taiwan Lockdown (https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/covid/), which has a journal format but is really just a collection of his day rides during the Covid lockdown from his home in Taiwan. He’s been running this thing for half a year so it’s clear that Jeff is fine with content like this – and for that manner many of Rachael’s and my entries when we’re not on a real tour are like this too. It would be easy enough for folks to create a single journal on CycleBlaze and post all of their entries under it.

      And even if you don’t choose to do this, you should still check out Graham’s journal. He’s an excellent photographer with an interesting lens on the world, someone up there in Suzanne’s league.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 11, 2021

    Ditto what Bill said.

    And I hasten to add my own thanks for your time and effort all this time,

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: December 12, 2021

    You and Rachael have done such a great job providing this site for all of us to have a place to stay in touch, share and support each other. I can’t thank you enough. But I totally understand your need for a change. That’s not a job for nomads. The fact that you have managed to squeeze it in over the past few years was already above and beyond the call of duty. No reason to feel selfish.

    Moving over to CycleBlaze with our challenges sounds like a possibility. We have become a kind of eccentric group and I don’t know how well we will transplant. We will just have to see how it works. I would hate to lose contact with any of the friends I have here.

    At the moment I have no trouble logging in using the link in the email notifications of new posts or comments. Sort of like fixing things with thumb tacks and scotch tape. I’ll be using it for the time being to respond to new posts and comments.

  4. By: BobinVT Posted: December 12, 2021

    I’ll echo others here and say thank you Scott and Rachael for keeping this site up and running. It’s been a great way to meet some really nice people and make some new friends. No reason you should feel guilty about wanting to step down. I wish I could volunteer to take over, but looking ahead I really can’t commit to doing something like that. I’m remembering the old adage “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should”.

    I think moving to CycleBlaze is a possibility. I gather that Jeff administers it with a pretty light touch, so unless some sort of specific issue arises, I think all will be fine. As Suzanne said, we are sort of an eccentric, eclectic group, so I’m not quite sure how that camaraderie will carry over, but we will see. Hopefully we can all stay in touch.

  5. By: NancyG Posted: December 12, 2021

    No guilt feelings Scott — and no feeling of being ‘selfish’. We all thank you for all you have done to keep us “running”. I echo what everyone else here has said. We will have to see how this would work over on Blaze, as I too do not want to lose the friends made here. Initially it seems somewhat awkward as we would be doing a whole blog kind of entry for our posts, and each need to go into each other’s blog. But, that may all be fine. As said — we will simply need to try it and see what happens with us. Maybe there is a way to have a different ‘category’ for our daily riding and maybe not.

    Thank you Scott and Rachel.

  6. By: Bill Stone Posted: December 13, 2021

    For those who missed the email, I located and repaired the “Home” link that appeared to be the source of the “can’t stay logged in” problem. So far I haven’t uncovered any similar links that need to be fixed, and I haven’t experienced further trouble logging in and staying logged in, so everything might be under control for the time being.

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