Monthly Archives: August 2012

A favorite quote


“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is … Continue reading

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The surf’s up for a great time in Santa Cruz


What a terrific and fun city! I spent a day seeing the sights of Santa Cruz, California and had an absolutely wonderful time. In many ways Santa Cruz reminds me of San Francisco, but on a smaller (and often more … Continue reading

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Yosemite National Parking Lot


I visited the lovely, but very hot Yosemite National Park for the first time today (Monday). Despite it being a Monday (second least busy day on average) and a number of school systems starting classes around the nation, the park … Continue reading

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The very best of the west – Ashland, Oregon


Okay…I am going out on a limb here. While I have not been to every city or town west of the Mississippi River, I must say Ashland, Oregon is the very best smaller city I have seen in the Western … Continue reading

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TUUBSS: episode 3 – Northern California!!!


Here’s the totally useless unscientific bicycle statistical survey from our vacation drive on Tuesday, August 7th from Redding to Eureka along California 299 and from Eureka to Crescent City on U.S. 101. Number of miles driven: approx. 220 Number of … Continue reading

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Dialing up a sunny urban park in Redding, California


At the end of the post are some photos from our visit Monday evening to the inspiring┬áSundial Bridge at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in beautiful Redding, California. What a terrific urban park setting along both sides of the magnificent and … Continue reading

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TUUBSS (totally useless unscientific bicycle survey stats) episode 2


On the drive from Lansing to Indianapolis (yesterday) Friday afternoon, I decided to once again count the number of vehicles I saw along the interstate with bicycles on board and/or in tow. Here’s a weblink to the original survey from … Continue reading

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Clean coalition cities/regions/states


Below is a terrific June 2012 map from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Coalition that shows those participating cities, regions, and states around the nation (areas in green and specific places by red dots). To start a clean … Continue reading

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