Went to ride my bicycle, but found a two inch nail in my rear tire. It’s hard to ride with a nail going through my tire and tube. Removed the nail, patched the tube, pumped up the tire and ready to ride . . . well maybe when it stops raining.
It was great flying out to Arizona for Spring Training. Hopefully this has inspired me to start my training for the Canada Border to Mexico Border Code Blue Bicycle Ride starting in June. I can’t wait for my new Co-motion Siskiyou Bicycle which hopefully will be ready in 45 days from the Bike Gallery in Beaverton, OR. Time to start putting a few miles on the old reliable Trans-American proven Surly.
Temperatures this week dipped to 25 degrees in Santa Rosa Tuesday morning and 33 degrees Wednesday. Lows Thursday were expected in the upper 20s. It marks the coldest weather the North Bay has seen since December 2016. In the past, such temperatures would prompt a “Code Blue” winter weather advisory — issued when temperatures drop below 32 degrees — urging the public and homeless advocacy groups to be on high alert for homeless residents who could be at risk. In response, shelters open up more beds and warming facilities. But this winter, Jennielynn Holmes (Catholic Charities Director of Shelter and Housing) said, advocates decided it would be better for both the homeless and the shelters to operate under “Code Blue” conditions all winter, rather than having to adjust services at a moment’s notice (The Press Democrat 2/22/18).
In the cold morning, many of us woke up today to see the extremely rare phenomenon of a super blue blood moon and then we went back to bed in the comfort of our home. Today there are homeless people in Sonoma County who wake up every morning in the cold. We can help those who are less fortunate by donating money, clothing, sleeping bags, or by volunteering with those organizations that are working daily to help address these complex issues.
That Blue Blood Moon reminded me of ET. So this morning is my first official day of training for the 1,850 mile Catholic Charities – Code Blue Bicycle Adventure down the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico. We’re planning to start riding our bicycles on June 5th from Canada and completing our adventure on July 18th. If you’re interested in riding with us, send me an e-mail (email@example.com). If you are unable to ride with us, I hope you will consider donating time, clothing, sleeping bags or other items to a charitable organization that works to help end homelessness in Sonoma County.
This is the start of a new year. There will be many months and years recovering from the devastating fires. A lot of things have changed but the spirit of our community is stronger than ever. Today there are fewer homes. There are more people without homes than there were at the start of October 2017. We will move forward. We can move forward quicker when we collaborate and focus on helping others to rebuild. I plan on reaching out and lending a helping hand. I hope you will consider doing the same.
Our community has experienced unprecedented fires and devastation.This year’s Code Blue Bicycle Event for October 14th has been CANCELED for 2017. We sincerely appreciated that you registered for this event and for your support. If you are willing to donate your registration fee, we greatly appreciate your donation that will benefit our homeless community. If you desire a refund, please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Every weekend there are so many great events to participate in. Next week, Saturday October 14th is our bicycle ride to help benefit those people who are homeless in Sonoma County. I hope you will join us and participate in this year’s event. If you’re unable to ride this year, please consider dropping off donations including: sleeping bags, jackets, tarps, socks, checks . . .
The best of the best, Levi’s GranFondo is September 30th. This is by far the best bicycle event for experience bicyclists in the Nation. There are eleven different routes from 8 miles to over 100 miles. Code Blue is still a great event, but it is geared to encourage family and other bicyclists to participate in one of three fairly flat routes that include 8 mile, 18 mile and a 55 mile course.
RAGBRAI 2017 is over and we’ll have to wait for next year before we can bicycle across Iowa. So what’s next? Is there a local family friendly ride that normal folks can ride? You bet there is, and it’s on October 14th. Starting from Catholic Charities at 9:30 am in the morning you bicycle along Joe Rodota Trail for an 8 mile ride or 18 mile ride will take you down the Santa Rosa Creek Trail. The two rides are flat and kind to everyone. There’s also a wonderful BBQ after the ride with Jennielynn’s famous Root Beer Floats.