Saving the planet, one turtle at a time

This turtle got a helping hand crossing the path.

Today went about as well as could be expected in these uncertain times, and I helped a turtle off the road.

It’s amazing to think about all the events that transpire in just a short ride around Santa Clara.

I started the ride by picking up trash along the San Tomas Expressway recreation path between Homestead and Monroe. I’ve been cleaning it monthly for a while and I usually collect a bag and a half.

My best find was a cell phone, which I returned to the owner via the police.

It’s obvious that some of the trash is generated by the homeless, but not all. Some people weren’t brought up right and have no regard for their environment.

Continuing north, Nvidia’s second headquarters expansion looks like it’s moving into its final stage. Will employees return?

Intel’s working on its second new building just down the road from Nvidia. The first one is ready for occupancy.

More fancy apartments are opening near Scott Boulevard and the San Tomas Aquino/Saratoga Creek path.

Screaming voices have returned to Great America! School’s out and the rides are running again after more than a year in lockdown.

Levi’s Stadium continues to vaccinate residents, but it’s down to a trickle. No waiting.

In Alviso I rode around a police barricade, including SWAT wearing body armor.

On the approach to Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge on Grand Boulevard I once again picked up trash and cleared the road.

Topgolf, located next to the Guadalupe River recreation path is open for business and balls are flying.

On the way home I had a stiff tailwind. Who could ask for anything more?

5 Responses to “Saving the planet, one turtle at a time”

  1. Stephen aka Guta Says:

    Turtle or Tortoise ?

    • Ray Hosler Says:

      Google says…turtle. All tortoises are turtles. I see this kind sunning themselves on the shores of Guadalupe River. Several years ago I saw 16 in the span of several hundred yards!

  2. Ted Says:

    You truly are the Silicon Valley cyclist!

  3. Martin Says:

    Speaking of saving the planet, why aren’t all those corporate parking lots covered with solar carports, as are the lots of so many schools around town? And especially, those huge parking lots at Levy’s Stadium – what a huge waste of sunlight!.

    • Ray Hosler Says:

      Some companies have solar panels in their buildings/parking lots, like Apple, Marvell, Intuitive Surgical, Fortinet, Intel, Nvidia, Google, City of Santa Clara parking garage, TI, but not nearly as many as there should be in Silicon Valley. Levi’s Stadium has a modest array. Google it. California requires solar on all new homes, as of 2020.

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