Amazing 10,000 miles & 30 centuries/year rider

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Feb 282016

Niece Erin and I crossed paths with this amaz­ing fel­low at the end of a nice walk along the Sam­mamish Riv­er Trail.

He had bro­ken his col­lar bone in four places in mid Jan­u­ary while rid­ing into an area of pos­si­ble ice and remem­bers noth­ing of his acci­dent where­in a bystander stood over him so he would not be run over while await­ing the ambu­lance. He was next con­scious and aware in the hos­pi­tal. He has a tita­ni­um plate hold­ing his col­lar bone togeth­er and is rid­ing today only six weeks after his acci­dent.

Today he had rid­den down to the Bain­bridge Island Fer­ry in the ear­ly AM to fer­ry over to the Cas­cade Bicy­cle Club’s Chilly Hilly 33 mile ride then back to Seat­tle and on back to Wood­inville where we met him at his mile 80 for the day. He rode over 10,000 miles last year that includ­ed 30 cen­tu­ry rides.

He’s rid­ing his brand new Rodriguez cycle that he has set up as his dream machine. It includes a Rohloff rear hub with 14 ratios (which can shift while stopped) there­by need­ing no mul­ti­ple chain­rings in front allow­ing for a very cool belt dri­ve sys­tem, S & S cou­plers, a Son gen­er­a­tor front hub that not only feeds his light­ing sys­tem but also pow­ers a USB port inside his han­dle­bar bag, a Pletsch­er dou­ble leg kick­stand, a new high tech Brooks C17 Cam­bi­um sad­dle, Marathon Plus tires, and an array of elec­tron­ics. Quite the dream,

After I insert­ed all the above I went brows­ing on the Rodriguez site and found that he had post­ed these ten shots of our fel­low’s cycle. Lots of inter­est­ing close­ups of the many fas­ci­nat­ing parts he chose.  One ques­tion I wished I’d asked him was why he chose can­tilevers instead of disc brakes. Click on any of the images for a larg­er ver­sion.

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Sunday ride with Tom, Jill, & Tom2

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Feb 142016

Tom includ­ed me on the last third of his train­ing ride today. He, Jill, and anoth­er friend Tom start­ed off at 8:00AM from Carpin­te­ria Avenue and Casitas Pass Road and rode clock­wise around Lake Casitas (see below for the maps and details). I rode straight down the coast route from home and met them at the down­town Ven­tu­ra Habit for lunch and a nice vis­it after which we all rode back up the coast.
I took the upper left pho­to below on my way south. It is a memo­r­i­al to the won­der­ful Bill Con­nell, aka “The Hot Dog Man”, and is the site where he parked his Surf Dog trail­er. It was always a fun, off beat place to stop or just ride by. I clipped a few shots off the inter­net that I includ­ed below. Click on any to see a larg­er size and descrip­tion.

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Playing around with my newish Sony RX-100M4 camera at and near Coal Oil Point

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Feb 112016

I took the bus out to the Cost­co envi­rons then rode over to Coal Oil Point. It was a beau­ti­ful day so I played around there and near there with my cam­era, had some fun, and learned a few things. Click on any of the images below for a larg­er size and a descrip­tion.

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Interesting changes near Mussel Shoals
Lots of new parking for summer bathers

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Lots of new parking for summer bathers
Feb 052016

Since the open­ing of the new ocean side bike­way from the Rin­con to 1/2 mile south of Mus­sel Shoals there have been signs on the old road/bikeway dis­cour­ag­ing our rid­ing there (see the last image below). Dri­ving by in the last week I noticed a large new park­ing lot at the end of the old road and fig­ured there must be a tun­nel some­where near it or why all the park­ing?

So on this morn­ing’s ride to Ven­tu­ra I poked around and found the tun­nel. It is just below the first beach access point south of Mus­sel Shoals off the bike­way. As I was think­ing, there were no signs of dis­cour­age­ment on the route I had cho­sen. You can see a visu­al sto­ry of my fun explor­ing with com­men­tary by click­ing on any of these pho­tos then “slid­ing” through them.

 Posted by at 12:00 pm