Type 2 Diabetic. Cyclist Flâneur.   Coffeeneur.    Errandoneur
A bike / map geek with a gadget obsession and a high-viz fetish.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Natasha, Boris, Hoofsayer

7.31.2015 21m
Started at the Bastille. Rode around the North Shore, saw this below Route 28:

Rode out to Pamela's for strawberry crepes. Back to the 16th Street Bridge, Grant Street, Hot Metal Bridge to REI for some supplies. Return via Smithfield St. bridge. All the cars were very copacetic.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Montour Trail Infra Goodness

7.30.2015 20m
Started at MP24. Rode north to see the bridge construction in progress at the Route50/980 intersection in Venice. This is so cool.

Then we reversed and rode to see the Valleybrook Road bridge project, which has the concrete deck poured and they're installing the side beams. More infra goodness.

Continued down to where Farmhouse Coffee used to be (sigh) and went to Starbucks instead. A very nice day for a ride, I was surprised how many bikes were out on the trail.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Greiving the loss of Persephone

7.17.2015 22m
Lots of riding today. Took a tour group out in the morning, about 15 teenagers and 4 adults. Very nice group.

Later in the day, rode into East Liberty to pick up the audio trailer for the Flock Ride. Carried that around to Dippy.

I ended up in front of the Flock ride but didn't know the route, but J. kept me on the path. I was a bit sad when we rolled from Larimer into EastLiberty because the house that my favorite Pittsburgh mural was painted on has been demolished to make way for new housing.

The mural tells the story of Persephone, who got into trouble putting seeds (pills, if you will) into her mouth due to great curiousity, even though she knew she shouldn't. I really liked this whole-house mural.

I think the remembrance of Stuff That's Gone is a uniquely Pittsburgh phenomenon.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Thick Soft Opening

7.13.2015 22miles
7.12.2015 13miles
7.9.2015 11miles
7.8.2015 7miles

7.7.2015 21miles

Monday July 13. Started at the Bastille. Rode to an errand in Uptown. Took Armstrong Tunnels to South Side, stopped at Thick Bikes and was very pleased to see the new space is open for business. It's a Soft Opening at Thick! Excellent shop, I hope they thrive in the new space.

Sunday, July 12. So good to be back in the Burgh. CMU to Flock meeting. Flock to Gus' Taco Stand in the rain.
Dinner w Yale. Butler-Penn inbound, Grant Street, Jail Trail, Junction Hollow, CMU.

July 9: Round trip to beach: 11 miles

July 8: Round-trip to drug store and mother's house : 7 miles.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Much-Needed Day of Rest

July 5, 2015 25m
It's been 12 days since I rode my bike. It was also seven days since I've slept in a bed - and I missed the bike much more. I rode from my sister's house in Wantagh NY down to Jones Beach. I was following a group of cyclists who seemed pretty sure of where they were going when they turned onto a bike path I didn't know existed. new stuff!

This trail starts at the Jones Beach Monument and runs east for 3.5 miles. It is most excellent. (there's a plan to extend it further east) At the end, there's a fence with a subway turnstile to keep bikes out, which is a bit unfriendly I think. On the other side of the turnstile there's a snack bar, restrooms, and a wooden frame with a bunch of water spigots so I poured cold water on my bike sandals and toes. Coolest thing ever.

Saw a combo-kite: a heavy-lifting kite on the top of the rig, holding up a kite-sculpture of a horse. The horse's legs and tail move around in the wind, giving the impression of galloping.

This is a picture of my Trek830 in 2005, when my Dad was fighting cancer, with the Jones Beach Monument in the background. I gave this bike away in Spring 2015 to Bill Haley.

Took a picture today of my Surly LHT with the Jones Beach Monument in the background, while my Mom is recovering from cancer surgery. I'm beginning to develop a negative association with this Monument.

I often joke that when bicyclists get access to a new place, or some new infrastructure, it takes about 3 hours for a cyclist to ask: yeah, but can we get some wifi in here? So I was very pleased to see that Jones Beach has wifi on the beach:

It was so good to get back on my bike today.