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We went on a bike ride around Angel Island (in SF Bay) yesterday.  It was perfect weather for it--warm but with a cool breeze.  It was fun, taking us a bit less than an hour and a half to complete the 10 miles around the paved Perimeter Road and the higher, unpaved Fire Road.

The views from Angel Island are amazing, but part of the fun is getting there--we use the train to get our bikes up to SF, ride along the waterfront for a bit, and then take the ferry to the island.

The ride itself was fun, though I did have to do the walk of shame on the gravel road up that leads to the Fire Road.  (On the way back down, to complete the theme of shame of that gravel road, I fell off my bike for the first time when I hit a particularly soft gravelly patch... though fortunately it was more of a hop off with the bike sliding away from me. :))

The Blue and Gold ferry website is very sparse on details.  We took the early ferry that leaves from the Ferry Building figuring we could grab breakfast there.  But it turns out this ferry just takes you to Pier 41, and you have to get off the boat and transfer to a different ferry anyway.  Because they let bikes off last from the first boat, you end up in a crowd of people with your bike to get onto the second boat.  If I had it to do over, I'd just bike up to Pier 41 to start with.  (They don't have return ferries to the Ferry Building anyway, so you end up returning to Pier 41 when you leave the island.)

 
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I decided to get up early this morning and bike down El Camino Real and The Alameda into downtown San Jose. My original destination was where The Alameda becomes Santa Clara Street, but realizing I was so close to San Jose City Hall I decided to make a stop.

And they must have realized how proud I was of myself, because they even had a pride flag flying! :)

I've been tracking all of my bike rides since I started biking, and generating heat maps to see where I've been. A few of the major roads here create obvious gaps in the heat map--101, 280 and 85 obviously, but also most of the expressways (some of which have bike lanes, but don't seem like much fun to ride on) and El Camino Real.

I'd learned El Camino Real was was a historic foot path connecting the missions in California, but this page says that's mostly a boosterism myth:

http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/history/la-as-subject/el-camino-real.html

I decided to try out a stretch of El Camino Real on an early morning commute (around 6:30am) a little while back, and I discovered it has virtually no traffic on it at that time. Although most of it doesn't have bike lanes, it does usually have an extra wide right lane. I wouldn't bike it for more than short stretches when there's a lot of traffic, but with the lack of traffic in the early morning, it's not that bad of a ride.

Though I did get to play leap frog with the 22 bus (which goes from Palo Alto to San Jose, primarily on El Camino Real). After a long time it finally pulled far enough ahead that I didn't see it any more--answering my question about riding the bus is actually faster than biking. :)
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Oh no! I didn't realize that about El Camino. Pity. I liked the story.
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I hit 2500 miles on my bike, a little over a week shy of one year since I bought the bike so I could commute to work. I wasn't intending to stop by the Mary Avenue I-280 overcrossing this morning, but when I realized I was close to a round number of miles I took a little detour to make a nicer glamour shot. :)

If I stuck to my standard commute route and did no other biking, I'd have about half as many miles on the bike. After I bought the bike to commute with, though, I realized bike riding was pretty fun. On many occasions I've extended my commute a bit (just for fun, as part of my "bike every street in Mountain View" project[1], or due to National Bike Challenge psychological effects[2]).

Once I had the bike for my commute, I figured why let it go to waste when I wasn't working? I've had quite a few weekend journeys--if you look at a heat map of where I've been, it goes all the way from San Francisco[3], down to downtown San Jose[4] and even over SF Bay via the Dumbarton Bridge[5].

When I actually do hit one year in early July, I'm planning on creating a heat map to show my progress over the year. :)

[1] Heat map (https://plus.google.com/+JoeyRozier/posts/Av7wsbyRHE3) and photo album (https://plus.google.com/+JoeyRozier/posts/1bQsessT2NW) from my "bike all of Mountain View" project.

[2] An example of a longer commute I did due to motivation from the National Bike Challenge: https://plus.google.com/+JoeyRozier/posts/2XEPEyw6ony

[3] Caltraining up to SF for my longest bike ride back down: https://plus.google.com/+JoeyRozier/posts/7AAEHndVAte

[4] One bike ride to San Jose: https://plus.google.com/+JoeyRozier/posts/BHmUtF8b5bS

[5] Riding over the Dumbarton Bridge: https://plus.google.com/+JoeyRozier/posts/MfVzBCyXber
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On my commute this morning, I ended up taking a 🎶ride into... the dismount zone🎶.

I've been exploring new (longer) routes on my commute, and this one took me on the Embarcadero Road Overcrossing, which goes over US 101 in Palo Alto. I hadn't been on this before, but I heard about it because when the Adobe Creek underpass closes in the winter (due to the possibility of floods), people needing to cross 101 have to go far out of their way to use this instead. There are plans to build a new bike/ped bridge at Adobe Creek to fix that problem.

http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2015/03/17/palo-alto-opts-for-lighter-touch-in-new-baylands-bridge

They really want you to walk your bike on this bridge. There are several of these "dismount zones," chicanes and "walk your bike" signs.
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Not exactly flat in Green Country.
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On the Mary Avenue bike/pedestrian bridge over I-280 connecting Cupertino and Sunnyvale. It's one of the fancier bike/ped bridges in the area.

In the debates for the upcoming Adobe Creek bike/ped bridge over 101 in Palo Alto there were discussions of whether it should be a landmark bridge like this one is. The "landmark" proposal did look nice, but the city decided to go for a more basic bridge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Avenue_Bridge
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If you look closely you'll see a few drops of rain sprinkled on my bike, a rare occurrence these days in California.

The light rain that fell overnight and into this morning's commute won't put much of a dent in our drought, but it was refreshing.
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Good that you can see the positive!!! 
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I'm participating in the National Bike Challenge where I get a point for every mile I bike. Biking by Apple HQ, I thought I found a loophole that would surely put me at the top of the rankings... but it turned out Infinite Loop isn't even a mile long. :(

Though I suppose I could have just kept riding around and around.
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After biking through Stanford we stopped by the tall tree (El Palo Alto), which gave its name to the city of Palo Alto.

It's on the banks of San Francisquito Creek, which forms the border between Palo Alto and Menlo Park (and Santa Clara County and San Mateo County).

I wouldn't really describe it as a beautiful tree, and compared to visits to many of the redwood parks it's not nearly as awe-inspiring, but it's an interesting part of history.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Palo_Alto
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisquito_Creek
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Benson and I went on a bike ride around the bottom of SF Bay today, including a ride over the Dumbarton Bridge (the southernmost bridge on the bay, and the only east-west bridge across the bay with a bike/pedestrian path). It ended up being about a 40 mile loop, plus a bit more to get to & from the loop. The ride is generally flat, with the hardest part being the overpasses we had to take to get over highways.

Because we were looping around the bay, most of the time we could see where we had been and where we were going. It was a little harder on the East Bay side (through Newark and Fremont) since there aren't trails or bike friendly streets that get too close to the water. Still, we could occasionally spot landmarks (like Shoreline Amphitheater and Moffett Field) across the bay.

The panoramas here show a view from near the top of the Dumbarton Bridge--where we got a view of everywhere we'd be biking on this loop--and one from near San Francisquito Creek which gives a view of the Dumbarton Bridge.

About two miles from home, I heard a "thwang!" and thought "hope that wasn't something on my bike." The bike felt fine, but when I got home it turned out I had lost one of my spokes. Fortunately I was able to get it fixed quickly at my local bike shop so I'm ready for my commute tomorrow. :)


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We counted over 100 banana slugs on a hike in Butano State Park. I was reminded of that classic song:

🎶99 banana slugs on a tree, 99 banana slugs, take one down pass it around, 98 banana slugs on a tree...🎶
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What about "Banana Phone"? Much better song.
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Apparently I care more about internet points than I realized... I've been taking longer routes to work in part to log extra miles in the National Bike Challenge. :)

This morning's commute brought me along SF Bay (14 miles instead of my usual 4). The weather was perfect, with early clouds/fog burning off as I approached the bay. It's also incredibly peaceful at this time of day; other than an occasional jogger or fellow bike commuter I was alone with only the birds to keep me company.

My default commute goes along Stevens Creek, but this was the first time I saw where it empties into the Bay at Whisman Slough.
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I love biking near San Francisco Bay, in part because of the amazing views. From this point near where Stevens Creek empties into the bay, you can see the two mountain ranges that form Santa Clara Valley (or Silicon Valley).

In this picture, the Santa Cruz Mountains are at the top. You can also see Hangar One at Moffett Field if you look closely.
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