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Orinda Pool Party Recap

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 by tony

We finally had an Orinda Pool Party that had heat in spades. Although SF denizens may think Contra Costa is a solar furnace  all summer, it is actually quite temperate most of the time. But during heat waves it can become blast oven uncomfortable. Every year Roger and I hope for at least some heat […]

East Bay Road Update – August [Updated 9/5]

Monday, August 28th, 2017 by tony

News has been quiet on the various East Bay/Contra Costa road closures. But there have been some updates. Palomares Road: “Alameda County Public Works Agency is extending the closure of Palomares Road to all traffic between Palo Verde Road, Castro Valley, and Niles Canyon Road, Fremont, through September 22, 2017. Crews have completed the slide repair, removed […]

SMART Start, Finally!

Monday, August 21st, 2017 by tony

This Friday, August 25, the Sonoma Marin Area Rapid Transit  or SMART train will finally commence services. After a lengthy delay SMART received approval from the Federal Railroad Administration for its Positive Train Control system, which is designed to prevent accidents. There will be an opening ceremony at the downtown Santa Rosa SMART station at […]

August East Bay Road Update

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 by tony

It’s well into summer, it hasn’t rained in months, and you’re thinking, “All those closed roads in the East Bay should be open by now!” Unfortunately that is not the case and for some roads, if the end is in sight the counties are being very mum and not willing to announce an expected completion […]

Ride Recap: Year Of The Cock—Finger Licking Good!

Monday, July 31st, 2017 by tony

The Year Of The Cock Ride managed to combine pain and pleasure in the best way possible. Our C-paced ride ended up being a D-pace, which at my age is a hard thing to do. Neville from England, a mere whippersnapper, likes to go fast and he showed it. We were climbing at a 10+ […]

A Big Sur Adventure

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 by tony

As you know a sizeable section of Highway One along the Big Sur coast has been closed to traffic due to massive winter landslides and the destruction of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Last Thursday we went down to Big Sur to ride Highway One before everything opens and the full onslaught of traffic hits what […]

Hell Froze Over: Mt. Umunhum to Open-Finally!

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 by tony

Wow. Believe it or not, the road up Mt. Umunhum is actually going to be open to the public on Saturday, September 16. This has been so long in coming that I thought it was never going to happen in my lifetime. Mt. Umumhum is the site of the old Air Force radar tower, the […]

Ride Recap: West Sonoma County

Monday, July 17th, 2017 by tony

Well, you missed a really hot one yesterday. By the time we rolled back to John and Randy’s house at 2 p.m. it was over 100 degrees. Riding up their long gravel driveway with the heat pulsating off the ground, I felt like my head was going to explode. My legs had already exploded a […]

Big Sur Beckons Cyclists [updated 2x]

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 by tony

Much of the Big Sur coastline on Highway One is closed…to automobiles but not cyclists! Highway One is shut from the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which is just south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, down to about Limekiln State Park, a distance of about 23 miles one way. The north end is closed due to […]

Work Arounds For East Bay Road Closures

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 by tony

The worst of this year’s record setting rainfall seems to be over and we can now all look forward to the day when the numerous road closures in the East Bay, Sonoma, Marin, and Santa Cruz Mountains will be reopened. As you know the East Bay has several critical road closure—Alhambra Valley Road, Redwood Road, […]