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Exercising Courtesy

It’s been on my mind for quite awhile to write about this subject.  Everything that follows pertains mostly to the stretch of American River Parkway between Beals Point and the Nimbus Fish Hatchery.  In this post I’m focusing on the paved bike trail rather than the off-road areas. I feel extremely lucky to live very close to the American River […]

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Urban Nature

A little over a year ago, after a period of being seriously sedentary,  I started getting back outside and walking on a regular basis.  Besides improving my physical and mental health, all this exercise has reminded me how lucky I am to live where I live, having close access to the American River Parkway.  I’m also very lucky I can […]

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Playing Catch-Up

Well, the 2014 Amgen Tour of California starts in 2 days, and this year both Stage 1 and Stage 2 are practically in my back yard. The buzz of activity around the American River Bike Trail is already increasing; and while I was out walking this morning I may or may not have seen a quartet of pro cyclists fly […]

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Flora and Fauna

Soda Bay, Clear Lake, California California Poppies along Highway 20, Lake County Alligator lizard near Lake Natoma, Sacramento County Flowers along the American River Bike Trail near Folsom, California   Canada geese in Lake Natoma   Wildflowers in Snipes Ravine, Orangevale  

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I Love the Northern California Coast…

… and the Amgen Tour of California! Here’s a few long-overdue photos of the 2012 ATOC, Stage 1. The race passed through the beautiful little town of Monte Rio, on the Russian River. And finally, a few photos of the Sonoma coast — very beautiful in the very last week of 2012. And one of the more interesting sites we’ve seen while driving up and down Highway 1 — or anywhere else, for that matter!  

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Ride Like a Champion

Stage 8:  So, Lance had a bad day today, and it certainly looks like his hopes for a podium finish are shattered. Yep. He blew out, hard. From the VeloNews live commentary:   The really frustrating moment was atop the climb at Les Gets. It was a weird accident and, from the look on his face, it became readily apparent that it was the final straw for Armstrong. It’s remarkable that he never had a day even remotely like this in his seven-Tour run. He always appeared to have luck on his side – recall the Beloki crash among other moments. As I was following along with today’s stage I thought, Man, Lance NEVER used to fall of the bike! But then I remembered 2003. That was the first year I actually watched the Tour, and it had to be the toughest of Lance’s Tour wins. Not knowing any better at the time, I thought that was the way all Tours were supposed to go. He’d crashed earlier in the Dauphine, and he came into the Tour with stomach problems and hip tendinitis. He suffered on L’Alpe D’Huez, narrowly escaped disaster when Beloki crashed on Stage 9, overheated himself in the Stage 12 time trial, and continued to falter on the next day’s stage. The climax came on the road to Luz-Ardiden, where Armstrong was knocked off his bike by a spectator’s bag and later nearly fell off again when […]

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