Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Class 2 Bike Lane Country Club Dr. facing west, one of many safe cycling routes in the Coachella Valley

The Coachella Valley has many bike lanes.  A problem is that they are somewhat haphazard and aren't always interconnected.  The main business route through the valley is Highway 111, which, in its entirety is a dangerouse route for cyclists.  The valley is great for recreational riding, but not always safe for commuting.  The Coachella Valley Community Trails Alliance (CVCTA) is dedicated to bike safety and safe routes including the creation of a Class 1 route cross-valley connecting Palm Springs and the Salton Sea by way of the Whitewater Channel.   Visit their website for information and a digital map of the existing bike routes:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Handcyclist Enjoying a Downhill Run

Photo of Fred Elliott, a frequent visitor to the Coachella Valley and a strong handcyclist rolling at speed down the Andreas Hill in the Palm Springs Indian Canyons.  Using just upper body strength to climb the hill is an amazing feat all by itself and Fred does it regularly.

Road Kill, Indian Canyons 02-28-09

A beautiful little creature posed in death.  I believe it is a kangaroo rat?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

My Best Bike Photo Ever

Palm Springs Indian Canyons near the end of the best 2 1/2 miles of road in the desert.  $8 per person per visit or $45 for a 6 month pass or $75 for an annual pass.

Incight's Joy in Mobility Handcycling Team (

Taking a break on a team training ride: left to right on handcycles, "Pops" Carter and "Hotwheels" Sanchez,  left to right on the curb, Johnathan Hernandez and Eduardo Macias.

My View After the Ride

June through October in the Coachella Valley is hot.  The best rides are early in the morning and this is the view I have at the end of my rides cooling it in the backyard pool.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Palm Springs Indian Canyons 05-06-10

My favorite rattlesnake photo.  It looks healthy and well fed.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bob & Jim in the Tour de Palm Springs 2006

This picture is of Bob Tyra (on the left) and me riding the first leg of the 100 mile TdPS.  Unlike most of the riders in the 100 mile ride who finish in one day, Bob and I take two years to complete 100 miles.

Lame Duck

Today's Ride, 06-22-10, 25 mile loop, came across this scene on the Dianah Shore Bridge over the Whitewater Wash.  A cyclist and a Cathedral City Police Officer tending to an obviously hurt and upset duck, apparently waiting for Animal Control.  Good samaritans in action.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

An Ant an a Foxtail

Today, 06-20-10 was a 19 mile out and back.  I was slowly grinding my way up a steep hill when I saw this foxtail making its way across the road in the jaws of an ant.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mt. San Jacinto, north face from old highway 02-04-06

Cycling is more than just a bike ride.
The largest muscles in the body
push a pair of eyes through space.

Highway 111 looking north to Mt. San Gorgonio and the Windfarms

06-19-10, Today's 26 mile Ride:  rode north on Highway 111 until the wind turned me around, then 3/4 mile up Tram Road to the 1,000 foot elevation sign, then south on 111 to Hermit's Bench in the Indian Canyons, then home.  Some of the Smoketrees are thick with their dark purple blossoms accompanied by the hum of hundreds of bees.  My point-and-shoot camera can't capture the color of the Smoketree blossoms properly.

Friday, June 18, 2010

In Memory

I ride with a decal of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade patch in memory of the men I served with.  Of the more than 58,000 Americans who died during the Vietnam War, 754 served with the 199th.  It will always be my honor and privilege to have known some of them.

Memorial Day 2009

The Traveling Wall, a 1/2 size replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial a.k.a. The Wall, has made at least 4 visits to the Coachella Valley.  Another visit is scheduled fairly soon for Desert Hot Springs.  On those occasions when the Traveling Wall is in the valley I visit it frequently.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Today's Ride 06-17-10

Palm Springs 33 1/2 mile loop with side-trip out to the Indian Canyons.  Vista Chino, Date Palm, Varner, Ramon, Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, worked way south to Indian Canyons, then home near Ruth Hardy Park.  Fast ride down Varner, 30+ mph, with strong tailwind.  No really safe ways for cyclists into or out of Palm Springs, except what exists of the slow Whitewater Channel Trail: the only road routes are Highway 111, Dianh Shore, Ramon, Vista Chino and parts of all have no marked bike trail and are close to fast moving traffic.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tarantula 11-21-09

Tarantula crossing the road looking for a date, Indian Canyons south of Palm Springs.

Colorado River Water at Windy Point

Coachella Valley's allotment of water from the Colorado River flows past Windy Point, north of Palm Springs to percolation ponds nearby, where it percolates into the basin's aquifer.  Mt. San Gorgonio provides the backdrop to this photo.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tour de Palm Springs 2009

The Tour de Palm Springs (, hosted by CVSpin, is the premier cycling event in the Coachella Valley bringing thousands of riders of all abilities to the desert.  The rides include 100 miles, 55 miles, 25 miles, 10 miles and 5 miles.  Registration fees help provide funding for more than 40 local charity non-profit organizations.  This photo is taken from a nutrition/rest stop on the Ramon Road & 1000 Palms Canyon Road intersection, part of the 55 mile stage.  For the 2010 Tour de PS registration fees were waived for all handcyclists.  Thank you Tour de Palm Springs.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thanksgiving Day 2008

Thanksgiving day ride in the Coachella Valley before the big meal.  Life is good.
I'm thankful.

Chuckwalla 04-15-07 Palm Canyon, Indian Canyons, Palm Springs, CA

The Chuckwalla, a.k.a. Chuckawalla is the largest lizzard found in the local southern California desert.  It's a treat to be able to see one.  I once was able to watch one as it dined on the blossoms of the Desert Willow Tree.

Datura Blossom

Datura, a.k.a. Jimson Weed is an unlikely plant to be found in the hot dry desert, but it is common in the heat of the summer along dry sandy washs and as can be seen here it produces large beautiful white flowers

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Scorpion 09-06-08, Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

This little critter was probably out on the hunt for a meal or a mate or both when its life came to a quick end.

Acacia and Bee 05-11-08 Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

Acacia and Mesquite blossoms aren't standout flowers like many of their more colorful counterparts, but they attract bees and I am pretty sure that honey lovers would appreciate what the bees make of them.

Bobcat 10-18-09 South Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs

Unfortunately this bobcat had a fatal encounter with a car, but this photo of its demise gives us a peek at the world of wildlife that exists alongside us that we might not ever get a chance to be witness to in any other way.  Those of us who travel through our world under our own power have the best chance of knowing our wild neighbors.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mt. San Jacinto from the Painted Hills Area 02-22-09

The Coachella Valley is a wonderful winter cycling and all around outdoor recreation destination. Beauty abounds as this photo shows. For cyclists the topography has everything from flats, to hills to mountains and the climate is perfect from mid-October through the end of May.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Incight's ( Pedicab

Here are a couple of Incight's Interns, Johnathan the pilot and Trevor his passenger, trying out our pedicab provided to Incight by Main Street Pedicabs of Colorado (  Thanks to our partnership with Main Street Pedicab, Incight can provide cycling opportunities for just about anyone, no matter their disability.

Hector Ayon, an Incight Intern riding an Intrepid Handcycle

Intrepid Equipment ( manufactures custom handcycles and in partnership with Incight, makes them available for physically disabled cyclists who live in or are visiting the Coachella Valley and for anyone else who might like to experience an intense upper body workout.