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Post-Thanksgiving Bike Epic

On a timeout just a couple running yards away from finishing my Master’s Thesis, I dashed off to ride Sonoma County back roads by moonlight. Continue reading

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Mt. Vision Quest

What better subject of a vision quest than the Mt. Vision Ceanothus? The type locality for Ceanothus gloriosus var. porrectus (the Mt. Vision Ceanothus) hails from the “summit of Pierce Point Hill,” at the tip of the Pt. Reyes Peninsula. Armed with a road bike and a handful of notes scrawled from the herbarium database, I embarked on a botanical quest north. Continue reading

First Century Ever

I completed Bike-About Feat #1 with an extra cherry on top. Due to a wrong turn that put an extra 12 miles onto my journey, I ended up riding 99.5 miles that day. I’m rounding up for a square 100 miles — my first ever! The ride took me around the eastern flank of Mt. … Continue reading

Bike-about

I am being called to a bike-about. A soul searching wander in the wilderness. I first conceived this route in a naive spirit of adventure, amidst summer fieldwork in Los Padres and Angeles National Forests. Albeit bordering major metropolitan areas, these public lands remain remote and wild. I imagined a route linking the Amtrak Depot … Continue reading

North Bay Runabout

The Revolution is the annual fundraising ride for BORP, the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program. My friend Greg Milano runs the cycling program, which gets people with physical disabilities on bike. They also have a tandem cycling program, and for the past two summers,  I’ve volunteered as a tandem pilot for visually impaired and … Continue reading

Solo Bike Camping: Part Two

Be sure to read about my first solo bike camping trip, in Part One of this post. Along the way, I saw this church slogan in South Hayward: Milan Kundera writes about coincidences in The Unbearable Lightness of Being: “[Human lives] are composed like music. Guided by his sense of beauty, an individual transforms a … Continue reading

Solo Bike Camping: Part One

I am fallen in love — with my new bicycle. She is gorgeous and made of carbon with brushed aluminum lugs. Swift, but old school. I purchased her as a birthday present to myself, impulsively deciding that I needed a go-fast bike. The Naming We took a ride up Tunnel Road the morning after purchasing … Continue reading

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