Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Training Ride Sunday August 30th

This Sunday, August 30th, members of Team 350 will be taking the plunge, riding for glory, and building group morale in the lead up to our October tour of the California coast. The featured Ride this week has been fondly dubbed the "7 Sisters" by participants Alex & Amelia Spilger. I think the name refers to the topography we'll endure. Whatever.

We will be leaving Sausalito at noon. Returning for an evening BBQ, frosty beverages, and tall tales. Hopefully someone will take a picture.

Team Brooklyn. Team PDX. Status?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

McKibben on Colbert!

Last night, our endearingly "academic" (yet fearless) leader, Bill McKibben, was on the Colbert Report to discuss and the International Day of Action, October 24th, 2009. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to sit in that seat without a few precursory pina coladas or a beard and sunglasses. McKibben made it look simple. Way to go Bill!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

California Coast - Take 1

Ah, cycling the California coast. I've heard the weather is much nicer in October.

In a fit of unusual ambition, I spent Saturday riding from Carmel-By-The-Sea (a real name of a real town) to Aptos, essentially skirting the Monterrey Bay on an adventure through every type of coastal landscape, from billion dollar real estate in Pebble Beach to the sand dunes of Seaside to the foggy/sunny/foggy again farmlands of Watsonville. The training ride epitomized what it is I love about California as well as what I've come to learn about bike riding. The diversity of landscape and people is intertwined and fascinating. The weather is anything but what it looks like in the movies. And there is just no better way to experience the nature of "place" and places than on two wheels.

I had the joy of experiencing Highway 1 for the first time on a bicycle. Big. Trucks. Lots of time to pedal and think about transportation. I pondered agriculture, the population of my home state, the population of the world, and all the land and water, not to mention diesel fuel required to feed us all strawberries in August.

Oh, and somewhere north of Castroville I came upon this little gem of a thoroughfare:

Keep your eyes out for our next Ride350 training session, coming soon to a(n unincorporated) town near you!