Category Archives: Travel

MTB Fort Ord & Snake’n’Shake at Pinnacles

Several people recommended mountain biking at the oldĀ Fort Ord army base near Monterey, so Christie and I packed up the bikes in my wagon and headed there for a mini-vacation. The area was used for military operations as far back … Continue reading

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Not Quite 17 Mile Drive

Miss Christie and I dropped the top on the old Sebring convertible, mounted the bike rack on the rear end and strapped our road bikes to it, then cruised north mostly on US101 to Monterey for a Wed/Thu/Fri mini-vacation. Normally … Continue reading

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Out of the Saddle – Big Sur Jade Festival

For the time being, I remain a non-cyclist due to the physical ailments mentioned in my last post, and the consequent surgical procedure which will keep me off my bike at least through October. Nonetheless, there are plenty of other … Continue reading

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Out of the Saddle – Parkfield Bluegrass Festival

Any erstwhile, or actual geologists, most likely have heard of Parkfield, California. The town bills itself as the “earthquake capitol of the world,” although wikipedia cites it as the “most closely observed earthquake zone in the world.” Parkfield sits astraddle … Continue reading

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Above the Clouds

If you are fortunate enough to live in or visit a place that has significant vertical relief, you sometimes have the opportunity to ride above the clouds. It might take a bit of effort to make the climb, but the … Continue reading

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The Swarm, the Warm and Avoiding Harm

Last night as I was reading “Travels in Siberia” by Ian Frazier before crawling under the covers, Mammoth Lakes was hit by a swarm of small earthquakes. People who don’t live in an area subject to earthquakes might say that … Continue reading

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Legging Day #1

Portents of winter arrived today in Mammoth Lakes. A cold and stiff wind blew down from the Sierra Nevada under a sky patchy with fast gray clouds. Mario and I had planned on riding up Tioga Pass today, but climbing … Continue reading

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