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January 13, 2022

Custom jersey made by Owayo.

Look for me in the months ahead wearing my book jersey.

Maybe I’ll bring a copy or two so I can sell them out on the road.

Jersey is sold by Owayo, manufactured in Germany.

Superb quality and perfect fit. I recommend this company for custom jerseys.

I paid full price for it.

Rain takes a break

December 31, 2021

I found lots of riders enjoying the sunshine on Thursday, myself included as I made one last attempt to find chanterelles.

Russian Ridge parking area. No water here.

Sadly, I found none, and it’s not for lack of rain. It may be that all the places I came to know lost their mojo. Chanterelles are mysterious fungi. They spook easily.

I soldiered on and made my Alpine Road/Old La Honda Road/Skyline loop. At the bottom of Alpine Road just before Pescadero Road, I came across trucks and patrol cars.

Alpine Road West still magical.
That mushroom was about all I saw.

They were cleaning up a downed redwood, which took out communication lines for nearby houses. AT&T was on it.

When you see lines down, be fearful. Live power lines can kill, as they did on Portola Road in Portola Valley some years ago.

Skyline Boulevard turned into a cloudy, foggy churn up to Alpine Road, cold and damp. Winter has only just begun.

I can’t think of a better way to avoid Omicron than a bike ride in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Old La Honda Road view to the Pacific. Stuff of dreams.

Wet weather finally

December 14, 2021

This round of stormy weather gave our Santa Clara home 2.87 inches of badly needed rain, and a total of 7.08 inches since September. And snow on Mt. Hamilton.

Guadalupe River running strong at San Jose airport

Guadalupe River is raging and the often flooded underpass at Hwy 101 is flooded once again.

Flooding at Hwy 101 and Guadalupe River underpass
San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail waterfall

San Tomas Aquino Creek’s “Niagara Falls” is flowing nicely.

Even more good news, construction is underway at the De La Cruz Blvd./Trimble Rd. and Hwy 101 overpass. The road will be widened with a bike lane.

Trimble Road and Hwy 101 overpass construction

It comes too late for me, as I stopped daily commuting here in 2010.

Today I’d probably take the paved Guadalupe River path, although not on days like today when it’s flooded.

I had a few close calls here as huge trucks squeezed by me on the overpass, and I dodged cars taking the Hwy 101 south on-ramp.

I enjoyed the ride, except for this short stretch.

Airport parking structure never fails to impress.

Sky Lane Cycling Track in Bangkok

December 5, 2021

Wow, how times have changed since my visit in 1989. This recreation gem is located near the Bangkok airport.

I suspect the airport has moved to a new location farther from the city. (Yes, 2006.)

Fantastic.

Palo Alto opens Hwy 101 pedestrian/bike bridge

November 22, 2021

Palo Alto’s new recreation overcrossing improves baylands access.

After years of work and millions of dollars, cyclists finally have a better way to reach the Palo Alto Baylands.

The wide overcrossing includes interpretive signage and a place to sit.

The trail continues to E. Meadow Drive, which has a bike lane and continues into Palo Alto. Or you can take the lightly traveled Bayshore Road paralleling highway 101.

Judging by the traffic this morning, the bridge will see plenty of wheels for recreation and commuting.

Stevens Creek Reservoir at 10%

November 17, 2021

Stevens Creek Reservoir very low.

I haven’t seen Stevens Creek Reservoir so low.

I’ve only seen the spillway overflowing once or twice since 1980.

Built in 1935, this dam will eventually silt up. It happened at Searsville Lake.

Sunday weather awesome for cycling. This is November?

Once Upon a Ride… available in hardcover

November 14, 2021

Available now in hardcover.

I published two titles in hardcover recently. Available on Amazon. Printed in Illinois.

Once Upon a Ride… is a new cover, but same content. The only negative is the paper. Glossy would improve the images.

Mirais, Mirais everywhere

November 12, 2021

What is a Mirai you may ask? It’s a hydrogen fuel cell car made by Toyota. Looks a lot like a Prius.

Today I saw two of these elusive vehicles!

Looking into it, I found out there are a couple of stations in the South Bay and a few more elsewhere in the Bay Area. Nationwide there are only 48 stations (maybe more), almost all of them in California.

So the car’s 400 mile range will get you around most of the state, but that’s all.

I encountered these machines on my way to Almaden Reservoir, where water is about as scarce as hydrogen fuel these days.

The reservoir is 41 percent full — not so bad.

The new bridge over Los Alamitos Creek is quiet today. No workers.

Built in 1935 (refurbished 1964), the bridge needs replacement. Because the span will have a completely new alignment, eliminating a sharp curve, it qualified for a Federal subsidy at 100 percent reimbursement to the county.

New Alamitos Creek Bridge completion set for 2022.
Decent water level. Back in 2014 it was empty.

Atmospheric river more like a creek

November 10, 2021

Lest you think the “atmospheric river” we experienced a couple weeks ago fixed the drought, check out Guadalupe Reservoir.

It’s at 11 percent. Pathetic.

Mt. Tamalpais got plenty of rain, but the South Bay might as well be in the Mojave Desert.

With La NiƱa in the forecast, we might be looking at a third year of drought, and water rationing.

YouTube: “Houston, you have a problem.”

November 7, 2021

Jason Slaughter burst onto the YouTube scene two years ago and already he has a substantial following among people concerned about our car-centric world.

The Canadian recently moved his family to Amsterdam to settle down. He and his wife decided it was the most livable city in the world.

Here’s his take on Houston, Texas, and its wretched city planning. His description of trying to walk to a nearby store says it all.

He is NOT a cyclist. More on that soon…