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Brendan Brisker
Attended University of California, Santa Cruz
Lived in Trinidad, CA
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First half-way clear morning in a long time for this El Nino winter

Hammond Trail near mouth of Mad River
Humboldt County, CA
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Nice bike!
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2015 Report, 2016 Goals

I easily surpassed my 2015 mileage goal of 5,000 miles with 5,698. 6,000 was looking possible when I broke my 5K goal in October, but El Nino ended that. 2015 is also the last year I'll track rides on MapMyRide, with Strava automation making my life easier and keeping me more connected with other commuters.

First day back to work yesterday was another nasty El Nino storm with high winds and heavy rain. Fortunately today was a bit lighter so I got my first ride of 2016. I feel fantastic to be back on the bike, though I did some running while on break.

Though I'm going to record all rides and watch mileage in 2016, I'm fine with no total miles goal this year. Instead, I want to shake things up and push some limits on where I ride and what I use the bike for. I have my first century in my sights ( http://www.tuccycle.org/ ) and some bikepacking/touring ideas for the future. To train for the century, I plan to try to tackle an 86 mi ride with 5 categorized climbs up to a nearly mile-high peak I usually only head to in the winter for snow shoeing ( http://www.mapmyride.com/us/mckinleyville-ca/moostone-horse-mtn-route-118382469 ). This ride has the only hors categorie climb in the area. The miles will come with the adventures no problem.

Cheers and happy new year!

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Big pano from the boardwalk
Eureka, CA
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Nice light!
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Ditto
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Beautifully captured !! Lovely colors n atmosphere ! I love lighthouses too ! :)))
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Trinidad, CA
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I actually got to spend some time there this summer +Brendan Brisker.  It is such a beautiful area.
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Big wheels keep on turnin', rollin' on the river

Hammond Rail to Trail Bridge over the Mad River at Flood Advisory stage. 53 degrees F. Dec. rainfall at 150% of normal. It's an El Nino winter for sure.

I left a good job in the city
Working for the man every night and day
And I never lost one minute of sleeping
Worrying 'bout the way things might have been

Big wheel keep on turning
Proud Mary keep on burning
And we're rolling, rolling
Rolling on the river

Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis
Pumped a lot of tane down in New Orleans
But I never saw the good side of the city
Till I hitched a ride on a riverboat queen

Big wheel keep on turning
Proud Mary keep on burning
And we're rolling, rolling
Rolling on the river

If you come down to the river
I bet you gonna find some people who live
You don't have to worry if you got no money
People on the river are happy to give
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That is weird +Anthony Pawley.  But it's been a weird year weather-wise!
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Nice color on the inbound commute this morning

#bike2work #bikecommutography
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+Brendan Brisker Thanks for the detail. I don't have near-term plans, but in the back of my mind, I have some vague ideas about biking on a rail-trail project in each of the 50 states, or something along those lines. That'll be after I retire (3 or 4 years).
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Bike commute pastoral

Break in the El Niño rains.

Arcata Bottoms, CA

I love riding my bike to work.
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Definitely. Say Hi to the Moxon's for me as you pass.
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Happy New Year all
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Thank you for the photos :)
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I think I like this darker one better. You don't get to see the detail of the lighthouse but it gives more of a sunset/sunrise feel. Both photos are beautiful though.
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Ride report: yesterday was #rule9 on the way home. The warm tailwind southern storms of fall are done. Weather report said showers, but they came in the form of 4-5 rain squalls that I rode through. Each had 20 mph head/crosswinds with 30 mph gusts, with big temperature drops down to 40 F and heavy rain. Fortunately there was a break after each one. I was so soaked by the last one and getting dangerously cold that I stopped and took off my worthless rain jacket and wet jersey and put on a dry one. Looking to invest in a Showers Pass jacket before next winter...
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+Matt Campbell I understand that the key to Showers Pass gear is to follow the washing instructions, which specify to wash frequently. I believe that somehow this helps maintain the waterproofness. I have a Showers Pass Elite 2.1, which is a three layer membrane. Zippers seem a bit better on it than the 2.0 version I replaced. I expect this jacket to last five seasons, much like the last one. Eventually they do wear out, but I can stomach spending around $250 as a five year investment, vs $110 on a jacket that lasts one season.
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Trinidad, CA - Santa Cruz, CA - Washington, DC - Newport Beach, CA - Eureka, CA - San Francisco, CA
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I live in coastal Humboldt County, Northern California near the border with Oregon, and I enjoy traveling throughout California, Latin America, and Western Europe, especially Spain. I use Google+ primarily to post photos of my local area and travels, and to follow photographers and other interesting folks who post theirs.  I have no formal training in photography, but enjoy spending time walking this world with a camera in hand.  I hope you enjoy my photos.
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I bike commute over 5000 miles per year, mostly along a 14 mi (one-way) section of the Pacific Coast Bike Route that includes the Hammond Trail in Humboldt Co., CA.
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  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    Anthropology and TechnoScience Studies, 1988 - 1997
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