Urban Cycling: meeting 2

Hurray! We were able to meet in person this morning at Neil Orchard Senior Center in Rancho Cordova. Cesar from SABA was a great addition. One of his skill areas is bike mechanics, therefore greatly appreciated by me. While 8 people signed up for the free class, only 1 showed up – Fayzah.

The good news, Fayzah’s three kids came to the class also.

Bike ride

Pete and I rode to Old Sac then across the Tower Bridge to W Sacramento there’s a trail along the river for a mile or so. It ends on this pier:

Drake’s Brewing Co, a nightclub with a huge outdoor space:

Almost full-size metal trees along the river. The shiny disks were only attached to the framework at the top, they moved easily in the breeze. Shimmering silver trees!

Bike ride

Two or three times a week, Pete and I go for a ride. Depending on the weather and what’s going on that day, we ride up to 20 miles. Today’s ride was about 12 miles. The “Leroy Greene ride” leaves the bike trail, goes past Leroy Greene Academy and winds through a residential neighborhood underneath the I-80 bridge over the Sacramento River.

Bike ride

Today Cheryl and I rode the Redbud Trail and around N Natomas Regional Park. When we stopped to drink water, about 15 roller skaters rolled by. No blades, four wheels under each foot! They are back in fashion.

Urban Cycling Class

For the last few months, I’ve been working periodically on a project for SABA: a 6-hour Urban Cycling Class for residents in Rancho Cordova. Then Covid-19 interrupted everything. We transitioned to an online class. The first one was today.

Figuring out how to conduct a Zoom class with a Keynote presentation was challenging. In fact, I hope we can do the next 5 classes in person with really good social distancing, a portable voice amplifier (like tour guides use), and whatever else we need to do to be safe and keep me from tackling another Zoom presentation. Fingers crossed.

Another bike ride

Today Pete and I rode into Old Sac then to W Sacramento along the short Riverwalk Trail. To cross back over the river, we had to walk over the very old I St bridge (the lanes are too narrow to safely allow bike travel.

Looking south toward the Tower Bridge:

Bike ride

One of the guidelines for trail riding is not to block the trail. But sometimes, you have to slow down, stop and appreciate what’s ahead:

Other times, blocking the trail is just plain annoying:

And the dog was not on a leash. And no one moved despite a ringing bell.

Jack Rabbit Trail

Today while riding I saw the runner ahead of me come to a quick stop and bend over. I slowed down. She rescued a turtle from the middle of the trail! She decided to put the turtle in the shade closer to the canal which runs along the trail.

Another feel-good moment on a bike ride.

Wide Open Walls murals tour

I went on the best bike ride today with Bill Leddy and his sister Julie Kaye.

I know Bill from SABA, Julie is the volunteer coordinator for Wide Open Walls. There are over 700 murals in Sacramento, Wide Open Walls has curated 100 of them. For several years, for 2 weeks in August, muralists are invited from all over the world to complete a project. Julie knows a lot about all the murals and the artists. She designed a 6.5-mile bike route which visits 48 murals by 59 artists for Week 4 of May is Bike Month. We started at the California Auto Museum. On the south wall:

Each letter was painted by a different artist. The i’s were painted by twin sisters.

and so many more. And almost every stop came with a good story. I spotted this in a tree just before I headed back to the starting point where I’d parked my car: