Time to Prepare

Time to get things checked out. Time to replace worn out parts. Time to put in a few more miles. Time to get more serious about preparing and less time about dreaming. If I’m really going to ride 1,850 miles, I need to make sure I have a good bicycle that is serviced by a expert. Thank you Aaron “Rambo” Harrison with The Bike Gallery in Beaverton, OR. You are an incredible professional and the Co-Motion Siskiyou bicycle is perfect.

How To Bike Camp?

Best way is to “Just Do It”. Yep, bicycle with a fully loaded bicycle and actually camp overnight. Yep, load your bicycle with everything you think you might need for a future 1,850 mile bicycle ride including your:  tent, sleeping bag, food, Jet Boil, rain gear, extra riding gear, street gear, plates, food, tools, tubes, spokes, water, bag liner, cot, lights, charger, GoPro, phone, walking shoes, gloves, socks . . .

A few of us decided to ride through the morning cold rain to Bodega Dune to camp out. The next morning it was sunny, but very cold, as we rode to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. I am not in shape for June’s adventure. After riding about 44 miles from the coast with a fully loaded bicycle up a few hills, I found myself pushing my overloaded bicycle up the last climb into Sugarloaf Ridge. However, we enjoyed a very wonder camp site and it was sure fun coming down that hill this morning. 

 

Volunteering

All of us have skills, abilities and talents that we can share and apply to help others. Last night’s Catholic Charities Volunteer Recognition Dinner was in appreciation of the over 2,500 volunteers who contributed over 57,000 hours this year. I attend this event with Judy, my wife, and Paul DeBolt. Paul is my hard working 92 year old/young volunteer partner and father-in-law. Paul is an inspiration as he continues to physically work as an active volunteer painting, setting up bed, pulling weeds . . . there is nothing he’s not willing to do to help others.

Cross Training

I have been cross training: working on home projects and projects at the Family Support Center. But I really need to get on my bicycle and start bicycling. A small group of us will bicycle and camp at Bodega Dunes State Park on Monday, April 16th. The following day (Tuesday) we’ll ride to Sugarloaf State Park and camp under the stars. On Wednesday we’ll ride back home to Santa Rosa. I believe this might be the best way to make sure I get some miles in with a fully loaded touring bicycle. By making this commitment with others, I am more likely to put in those needed miles in before our June trip from Canada to Mexico.

Time To Train

Time to load up, put things in the panniers, strap on the tent and start riding. Nothing like training with a mostly fully loaded bicycle. I need to ride a lot more miles and go out on a overnight trip to check out my camping gear before we leave for Canada. Better to find out what I need now, than to start near Canada and realize I forgot something important.

Nailed It

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.

Spring Training

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.

Code Blue Conditions

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 (edbsrcity@yahoo.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.

Time to Recover

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.