Category Archives: Tues/Thurs 7:45am ride

Endless ramblings regarding the every Tuesday & Thursday-morning bike ride, leaving Olive Hill & Canada Road at 7:45am, rain or shine

Cyclists train local residents to do tricks

How many rides can say the locals pick stuff off the road for them?

How many rides can say the locals pick stuff off the road for them?


After doing this ride for… well, quite a few decades… you get familiar with the “regular” locals being walked by their dogs through Woodside. We’ve always been friendly, saying hi, never bothered by their dogs even when caught by surprise and we have to slow down a bit. So guess it shouldn’t have been much of a surprise this morning when we came across a couple of the more-regular regulars on Manuella, and they weren’t getting their dogs out of the way (they already were) but rather one of the women was remove a large branch from the road ahead of us. How nice is that?

Oh, the funny thing about her picking up the branch and putting it at the side of the road. Her dog was seriously confused, thinking she was going to toss it so he could fetch. Um… this was a branch, not a stick! Maybe someday we’ll have to stop and toss a real stick to the dog.

A bit breezy this morning, and definitely a bit cool, down to 38 up on Skyline. Looking forward to it getting warmer again! Not many of us today, just myself, Eric, George, Karen & Marcus. George & Eric were playing up front on Kings while Marcus was taking it easy riding with me, Karen just behind. Beautiful out on West Old LaHonda as the skies cleared and the green hills contrasted strongly against the sky. Yet another nice morning on a bike. –Mike–

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Not the only people out on Kings this morning

google_crowdNot many of us, but quite a few of them. Us? Nigel, Todd, JR. Like I said, not too many of us. It was Thursday so it was up through the park, with Nigel saying he felt really bad, which meant I was just barely able to hold onto his wheel. Todd had ridden on ahead, but Nigel, JR & I rode up together. We passed two cyclists on the way up Kings, then came across a large number congregated at the top of the hill.

I rode over and engaged the group, asking who they were (Google employees) and discovered I had an instant “in” with this group. My bike’s “dashboard” with its video camera mounted up front. What, someone with something not a GoPro? They wanted to know what type it was, how well it worked, and then Nigel started talking about Google Glass (and not in a complimentary way)… but for a brief moment, I had the attention of some small piece of the Google brain trust. And then it was time to continue riding, because that’s what we do on Tuesday & Thursday mornings. We have a schedule to keep with roads both old & familiar.

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