Bolinas Ridge Trail Bike Ride

I’m starting to learn the differences between riding on dirt trails and paved roads in traffic (besides the obvious). Both have their advantages and disadvantages of course. The 15 mile loop along the Bolinas Ridge Trail was a little bit of everything: an intense dirt trail climb, downhill through a wooded area, to the nicely paved highway 1 back through Olema, CA. There were times I felt like I was riding a bucking bronco of a bike, traversing through not-so-tightly-packed dirt but it was a ride I learned a lot from.

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Hand Knit Bike Basket Covers For Sale

In an aim to make something a bit cuter than your average bike basket net, I started knitting my own. I sometimes carry quite a load in my basket so the knit cover also protects precious cargo from falling out when going down hills or bumps in the road. They are currently for sale in my Etsy shop by the same name Soup and the Clouds. I’m still adding details/products etc. but they’ll be available in many different 1-2 color combinations soon.

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Ocean Dwelling

It was a clear crisp day so I hopped on my bike and rode to Ocean beach in search of clearheadedness. I found it there. Sometimes it takes starring into the ocean in order to find yourself again.  I was in the fine company of many other wide-eyed ocean gazers. Calmness ensued.

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Round Valley Preserve Bike Ride

Round Valley Regional Preserve is just outside of Antioch, CA. The land had been used for farming and ranching for 100 years until it was sold to the East Bay Regional Parks District in 1988. The old dirt roads are now used for horseback riding, cycling, and hiking. It is a picturesque old California farmland experience. The preserve is also home to the California ground squirrel, the San Joaquin pocket mouse, desert cottontails, and the endangered San Joaquin kit fox.

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Portland End of Summer Fun!

When in Portland, I tend to do the things I like to do in San Francisco (or anywhere for that matter).  I like to eat good food, drink good coffee, ride bikes, go to record/book/vintage stores, and drink good beer. That’s pretty much what we did along with stopping to smell the roses in the city of roses.

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Eggs Florentine with veggie sausages at the City State Diner.
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IMG_2358 Cascade Barrelhouse makes the most magical sours in the world!
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I found this 1950s New Directions copy of Paris Spleen at Powell’s Books! A prose poem inside is this blog’s namesake.
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Three friends went to Three Friends Coffee. Delicious bagels too!
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IMG_2396 Sweedeedee is the cutest cafe. Their pickles,pies and pastries look out of this world!
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Our Surly bike gang.
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Broder Cafe has all the Scandinavian goodness.
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We went to Beermongers with a beermonger.
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Ladd’s Rose Circle is a great place to stop and smell some roses.

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Greetings From The City of Roses

Hello from Portland! I’ll be exploring the city and will report back. See you next week!

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Image from here

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Bike Ride from SF to Mt. Tam: German Tourist Club

I went on the longest bike ride in my personal history: 34 miles round trip. We rode from San Francisco up a mountain (Mt. Tam) to our destination, a magical Bavarian style beer garden in the woods. The German Tourist Club is only open on Sundays once of twice a month. Once there, we refueled with a picnic and beer then started the journey home. It took us 45 minutes to climb Mt. Tam but only 5 minutes to go down. No bike photos pictured, I was too busy concentrating on accomplish my goal.

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Petaluma Bike Ride

I love so much that San Francisco residents can travel an hour north of San Francisco and feel so far removed from the city. Petaluma is just the place for a nice country bike ride past farmland and rolling hills while taking in Californian flora and fauna. You might even run into a brewery too!

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