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Joey Rozier
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Yesterday I biked from Oakland to Hayward via Alameda and the bay--which let me finally (almost) complete my "loop around SF Bay" heat map. (I saw almost because there's a small gap between Oakland and San Francisco that I'll fill in once they add a bike lane to the western span of the Bay Bridge... which means it'll be a while.) Of course this isn't the whole bay... yet, just the SF/San Jose/Oakland part of it.

It had bothered me for a while that my heat map outline had parts of the Bay Area that were disconnected so this gives me a sense of completion. :)

I've been biking for almost 3 years now with many rides in the Bay Area contributing to the heat map. For the loop around the Bay, though, just a few of my rides would have covered it--a ride from SF to home along the Bay, a loop over the Dumbarton Bridge around the bottom of the Bay, a ride up to Hayward from the Dumbarton, a ride to Yerba Buena Island over the Bay Bridge, this ride and then a couple of small rides to fill in the gaps. Maybe one day I'll do it in one really long ride...

An album with a static version of the outline & map is here: https://goo.gl/photos/4j8EGL52x284UEWG7

Here's yesterday's ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/997565411
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I started biking to work almost three years ago now and one of the things I looked forward to each year since was Bike to Work Day. Only it turns out I've missed all of them so far because I was on vacation... Today I finally got to experience a BTWD!

Normally my commute is < 5 miles, but I decided to do a 35 mile ride (passing through downtown San Jose, California) to celebrate my first BTWD.

I didn't realize that BTWD included these "energizer stations"! I had carried some water and snacks, but I couldn't resist a Capri-Sun and cookie. :)

There were so many happy bicyclists out today. I created a short clip of the ~90 of them that were on the trail heading into San Jose: https://youtu.be/5BoHHT6IxrQ?list=PLYvdDSNLWv8XzemJxutfFRlDxGA7AUI8Y



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I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the cities I sometimes commute through has recently replaced a couple of barriers (like these chicanes) and replaced them with more bike-friendly alternatives.

Video version (if you want to hear what not having to stop sounds like): https://youtu.be/JONwPJodhTo?list=PLYvdDSNLWv8XzemJxutfFRlDxGA7AUI8Y
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The trail I often take to work gets its name from the creek it runs along. When there's a lot of rain the underpasses can flood and the trail is closed in the affected section.

We've had a lot of (much needed) rain over the past few weeks, and the most recent storm was enough to flood the underpass under US Highway 101. I created a video showing one of the detour options; it involves a bit of mud and according to some fellow bike commuters quite a few thorns as well.

We've had a couple of days without rain, and the trail reopened here today. Unfortunately further south on the trail the bank eroded and the trail has been closed there for repair: https://plus.google.com/105623412515735848000/posts/ZgqubRmwSvn

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I decided to leave early for work on the winter solstice so I could catch the sunrise over San Francisco Bay. If weather cooperates, I'll return to this spot for the changeover to Spring, Summer and Fall to see where the sun decides to appear on those days.

Despite the cold (it was around 45F on this day after a few days where it actually got below freezing) there were a few joggers and people on bikes out. You can see a few of them passing by in the timelapse, and a realtime good morning wave at the end.

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I took advantage of one of the latest sunrises of the year (thanks Daylight Saving!) and biked up to a hill overlooking the San Francisco Bay with views stretching from downtown San Francisco down to San Jose.

I took a series of panoramas as the sun was rising. As the sun rises, you can also see my shadow on the left getting shorter.
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Fabulous.
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I hadn't heard of the Diego Rivera mural room focused on industry at the Detroit Institute of Arts; when I turned a corner and entered it I was awestruck. I only had an hour to spend in the museum, and ended up spending most of it in this room. The docent pointed out a lot of details I'd have missed on my own--like the itty bitty completed car, the ear-shaped equipment about the Henry Ford-like character representing management hearing all, etc.
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I biked across the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time this weekend and it was as beautiful and exhilarating as I had hoped. I've lived in the Bay Area for many years but somehow never done this classic ride that even many tourists have done.

We took Caltrain up to San Francisco and then biked by many of the famous SF sites--the Embarcadero, the Bay Bridge, the Ferry Building, Fisherman's Wharf, Crissy Field, Fort Point, the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito. It's a shorter and easier ride than I expected, with just a few steep-ish hills and you can do most of it on paths separated from cars (though you'll have to contend with a lot of pedestrians and other people on bikes). The ride was made even easier by taking a ferry back from Sausalito. :)

I created a short video from the ride as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLtQCVxDd64
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Crossroads.
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