Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Shades of Not-Green, 12-29-2013

Photo taken looking west up the Murray Canyon Creek from the Palm Springs Indian Canyons Road.  While this stream is not photogenic, being there in person it is beautiful.  Birds tweeting in the desert willows, mesquite and acacia, and the sound of the stream and the sound of the wind and the silence of the canyons make this a beautiful spot.  The bed of this stream has been significantly changed since the canyon flooding after the recent mountain fire, but not nearly as changed as the West Fork Canyon stream bed further up the road.
Today's ride: 18 miles, Hermit's Bench, out-and-back, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/421319569 ,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzknrFwxXAk&feature=youtu.be .

Friday, December 27, 2013

Hike-a-Biking the Pacific Crest Trail, 12-27-2013

 Someone's home in the Whitewater Village.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) crossing on Snow Creek Road at Snow Creek Village.
Today's ride: 31 1/2 miles, Whitewater Village - Snow Creek Village, out-and-back, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/420298577 .

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Working Lunch with Friends, 12-26-2013

Bike commute for a lunch meeting with Wil, Tim and Jan at Native Foods in Palm Springs, http://www.yelp.com/biz/native-foods-cafe-palm-springs .

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Day Ride, 2013

Photo taken from one of the best golf-cart - bicycle paths* in the valley on Tahquitz Creek Country Club
Today's ride: 22 miles, Hermit's Bench, out-and-back, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/419467454 .

*Technically not a bike path, but I have been riding it for years.  It is beautiful and proof that golfers and cyclists can co-exist.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Dave at Off Road Rentals, 12-23-2013

Dave and his custom VW tour bus at Dunebuggy Tours, www.offroadrentals.com , at Windy Point.

Today's ride: 24 1/2 miles, Snow Creek Village, out-and-back, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/418931286 .

Tipton Road Railroad Crossing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOWxfsUMhwU&feature=youtu.be

Monday, December 16, 2013

Desert, Mountains, Sky, 12-16-2013

 Memorial in the desert with Mt. San Jacinto as a backdrop.  Photo taken from Garnet Rd. west of Indian Dr.
Mt. San Gorgonio... photo taken from Highway 62 north of Pierson Rd.
Today' ride: 33 miles, Worsley-Indian Intersection, out-and-back, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/416594508 .

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Las Tres Amigas, 12-14-2013

Three cyclists headed toward the Palm Springs Indian Canyons.
Today's ride: 34 miles, Da Vall Loop + Indian Canyons, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/415656500 .

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Riding with Dr. Phil, 12-12-2013

Phil, from Oregon and a lot of other places, got his first ride behind the Palm Springs' Indian Canyon Toll Booth today.  A pleasure meeting you... you looked friendly.
Today's ride: 18 miles, Hermit's Bench, out-and-back, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/415092289 .

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Under Cover of Clouds, 12-08-2013

Mt. San Jacinto under cover of clouds.  Photo shot from south-west side of the airport on a seemingly old section of runway from long times past.
Today's was a cold morning ride: 22 miles, Bob Hope Loop, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/413809584 .

Friday, December 6, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Your Vote Counts

The following link will take you to a poll where you can vote in support of or against the proposed CV Link ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/CV-Link/513577858709174 ) that will connect all of the Coachella Valley communities between Palm Springs and the Salton Sea with a green transportation route.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Desert Stream, 12-03-2013

 Looking down Murray Canyon Creek at the Indian Canyon Road crossing.  How nice to take a short ride through such a beautiful canyon and then come home for coffee and breakfast...
This little guy died probably trying to get warm on the road to Andreas Canyon.
Today's ride: 18 miles, Hermit's Bench, out-and-back, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/411808012 .

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

World Bicycle Relief

A bicycle isn't just a bicycle....


Tracks Across America, 11-29-2013

Tipton Crossing looking east-southeast.
Today's ride: 36 1/2 miles, Tipton Rd. to Hermit's Bench, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/410094969 .

Eric, Marvin and Please Don't Do That, 11-29-2013

 Eric of Los Angeles and Palm Springs on his beautiful bike on a morning ride.
 Marvin of Palm Springs heading home after a basketball game at Ruth Hardy Park.
"Please don't do that" should have said that before I snapped the photo.... oh well, maybe I shouldn't post his photo either, but recumbents need to be included also?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Araby Wash, 11-27-2013

Araby Wash next to Escoba Dr. at Tahquitz Creek Country Club looking toward the Palm Springs Indian Canyons.
Looking west at stream coming out of Murray Canyon with palm trees in Andreas Canyon tucked up next to mountains.
Today's ride: 35 miles, Rattler-Da Vall Loop + Indian Canyons, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/409527940 .

Monday, November 25, 2013

Off-Roader? 11-25-2013

This abandoned vehicle apparently missed the turn while heading north on Tipton Rd. between Highway 111 & I-10.  Of course my guess is that that all happened before it was abandoned?  At least it's a great view on a beautiful morning.
Today's ride: 30 1/2 miles, Whitewater Cut-off Loop, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/408751042 .

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Day After the Rains, 11-23-2013

 Rain from Lake Tahoe enjoying an Indian Canyons ride om her electric bike, though she isn't using the motor on this ride, just taking the bike for a ride under her own power.
 Sally, Fran (like San Francisco), Lance and Lee enjoying riding the Palm Springs Indian Canyon Road.
Looking toward the Salton Sea mid-Whitewater Wash on north-bound Indian Ave.  The wind machines
were still on this windless morning.  Note the nameless memorial to someone who has come and gone.....
Today's ride: 31 1/2 miles, PS Train Station to Hermit's Bench, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/407776651 .

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Abandoned Stuff, 11-21-2013

North-bound Highway 111, north of Tipton Rd.

Winter finds the Mountain, 11-21-2013

Winter storm blanketing the north-face of Mt. San Jacinto.  Photo taken from Snow Creek Rd.  Beautiful cool morning ride with a slight tailwind going out and a slight cold headwind on way back home.
Today's ride: 26 1/2 miles, Snow Creek Village, out-and-back, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/407055938 .

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Palm Springs Indian Canyons have Re-Opened, 11-19-2013

 Araby Wash looking south with the Highway 111 Bridge in view.  The access gate (at right in photo) was open to the levee which is paved.  I rode to 111 and lifted my bike over the railing to the footbridge and was able to access 111 from there.
The Indian Canyons have re-opened.  Photo is facing north toward Split Rock.  The stream is out of West Fork Canyon.  Note the trees are gone and the landscape is significantly changed since the after fire floods. The streams are flowing down past the road and it is good to be back in the canyons.
Today's ride: 25 miles, Palm Springs Loop + Hermit's Bench, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/406469358 .

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Memorial, 11-17-2013

 Tribute to the Fallen, Healing Field, http://www.healingfield.org/cathedralcity13/ .
Luis and his dog, Niko on the corner of 30th and Rattler...
Today's ride: 28 1/2 miles, Los Alamos Loop, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/405511820 .

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cycling Palm Springs to the Salton Sea, 11-10-2013

Gary, Judy and me at the entrance gate to the Salton Sea State Recreation Area.  Judy is by far the best and nicest gate guard in the history of gate guards.  Thank you Judy, State Recreation Area Volunteer.
 Gary and Mt. San Jacinto from Varner Road just east of Date Palm Dr.
 Gary at Clark's Travel Center in Indio next to the plaque commemorating the sinful fall of Jimmy Swaggart.
 Gary on our off-route Johnson Rd. minor misadventure.  Note that the "CVWD No Trespassing" sign says "No Trespassing" on both sides of the sign.  How could we even be where we were?
The Salton Sea through the windshield of our ride back to Palm Springs....
Today's ride: Palm Springs to the Salton Sea, 51 miles, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/402617257 .  If you should visit the Garmin Map, it shows 4 miles past the end of the ride where I had forgotten to turn the Garmin off.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Choice Is Yours, 11-09-2013

Mural at the Palm Springs Pavilion.
Today's ride: 17 1/2 miles, Palm Springs Loop, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/402095344 .

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Patrick of Desert Hot Springs, 11-07-2013

 Patrick at the intersection of Worsley and Indian west of Desert Hot Springs.
Mt. San Jacinto from Worsley Rd. north of I-10.
Today's ride: 35 miles, Indian-Worsley Loop, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/401221533 .

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Three Riders, 11-03-2013

 Three morning riders approaching the pedestrian bridge on S. Camino Real.
 Riders from World Gym at a Coffee Bean SAG.
New mural at the Bar in Palm Springs on Palm Canyon.
Today's ride: 12 1/2 miles, Palm Springs Loop, http://connect.garmin.com/activity/399382749 .

This Guy Can Run, 11-03-2013

Trent running near the Palm Springs Indian Canyons.