Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Po-a-tree in Death, 1-31-2012

Beautiful even as it dies.  Victim of recent windstorm.  Francis Steven's Art Center.
Today's ride: Hermit's Bench, out-and-back.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Power to the People, 01-26-2012

New utility pole next to Varner Rd. just east of Date Palm.
Today's ride: Varner - Monterey - Country Club Loop.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Mountain View south of Dillon, Desert Hot Springs.

Safest Road in the Desert, Palm Drive, 01-25-2012

Palm Dr. is closed between Vista Chino and I-10 as Edison replaces the wooden utility poles with metal poles.  The wooden poles were damaged in last Saturday's wind event.
Today's ride: Palm Drive - 20th - Mountain View - Dillon - Indian.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Aftermath, A Windy Day in Palm Springs, 01-23-12

Two days ago Palm Springs got hit with high winds... the photos show some of the aftermath.  My house was relatively lucky.. lost one grapefruit tree and one of our two awnings blew into our swimming pool.
Today' ride: Hermit's Bench, out-and-back.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

First Ever Trail Ride on The Whitewater River Trail to the Salton Sea

 Kurt, Gary and Gary at the end of the ride.
 Bird nests with the Salton Sea in the background.
Birds against the Salton Sea and Sky.
Today's ride: 18.62 miles on the Whitewater River Trail from Indio to the Salton Sea on mountain bikes.  This may be the first time anyone has done this.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Road Hazard, 01-06-2012

Today's ride: 32 miles.  My bike has been in the shop for over a week waiting on a replacement left crank arm.  I was finally able to climb back into the saddle this morning.  The planned ride was Varner out to Bob Hope then to the Indian Canyons.  Once I topped the hill on Varner just east of Date Palm I ran over the broken pad lock (pictured).  It somehow caught on my tire and flew up knocking my rear left brake pad off kilter locking up my rear wheel, bringing me to an unplanned fast stop.  I was able to get the bike rideable to get back home and fix it, finishing up with a ride to the Indian Canyons.  I was lucky I didn't fall, lucky no damage was done to the rim or the bike.  Bottom pic of Mt. San Jacinto taken from where my bike made its unscheduled stop.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Letter to the Editor,The Desert Sun, January 1, 2012

My bike is in the shop waiting for a new crank arm, so instead of bike riding I am bike writing.