I have some big dreams. I often wonder if I’ll ever take the steps to reach them. On the small side of big is doing a brevet (and if you’ve been following along, I’m currently taking baby steps to achieve this one). On the big side of big is riding, not racing the Tour Divide route and backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail or Appalachian Trail. My love of backpacking was rekindled after reading Bryson’s book, A Walk In The Woods several years agoI highly recommend this book, even if just for the humor. I’ve recently completed two wonderful books about backpacking, Wild and Hiking Through. The first, currently a best seller, written by Cheryl Strayed.

WildTP_Books-330Both of these books are about backpacking, though there’s remarkable differences between them. The first written by a woman and the other, a man. Obviously these are two different trails, on opposite sides of the continent.  Paul Stutzman (Hiking Through)


is a family man with children and a career, who had dreamed of long-distance backpacking for years. He embarks on his dream after the death of his wife. Cheryl on the other hand is much younger and had never even been on an overnight. But she too plunges onto the trail searching for answers and healing after the death of her mother. Both books are about wonderful, resilient people who discover some answers to their questions and more, about themselves.


Coyote Hills

Here’s a video of my ride Sun. We started in Don Edwards Wildlife Preserve, crossed over a major highway on a pedestrian/bike bridge and entered Coyote Hills Regional Park. The first 1/3 of the ride is on the west side of some hills, right at the eastern shore of the SF Bay. Sorry, only handlebar perspectives today as I forgot my RAM attachments.

I don’t know why park management feels compelled to asphalt the trails?????

New Year’s Ride

K and I took a great gravel ride New Year’s day and here’s the video I put together from footage of the ride. I’m learning a little bit more each time I work in iMovie. First impressions of iMovie (’08) is that it’s a little cumbersome to work with. I also played a little holding the Contour in my hand, and got some footage below handlebar height both forwards and backwards on the bike. I received new RAM camera attachments from gpscity this last week. They’re really light and I’ll be able to attach the camera to additional places like the fork, seatpost, and chainstays.

This ride is from Mountain View to Alviso on the SF Bay Trail. Not a lot of geographical variety as compared to forests and snow. But it is beautiful. It is away from city life, and there is some wildlife. It’s a section of the Bay Trail which intersects with both the Guadalupe River Trail and Coyote River Trail. The latter I haven’t ridden yet and  it’s up for reconnaissance as are trails at the Coyote Hills Recreation Area. My plan is to put together a gravel loop all around the southern portion of the bay to equal at least a metric century.

It’s Not Spielberg!

I’m pretty excited to have figured out how to get Contour footage into my computer, into iMovie, and compressed properly for upload to Vimeo; where finally I can imbed my wee film here. This was a ride taken last Fri. I learned a whole lot of what didn’t work while attaching the camera to my bike. I’ve since ordered some RAM attachments which I discovered from tscheezy, a cyclist in Alaska who makes incredible biking videos. If you have a chance, definitely check his stuff out.

I hope to get better at this………..