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Two Trips to Lido

Once for an early lunch with a friend then later, to Boy Scouts — I stopped to take this photo on one of the 4 ferry crossings from Balboa Island to the peninsula yesterday. On the last trip home I finally mastered the blinking mode on my Nite Rider 650; it’s at the beginning of […]

My First Electric Bike

It’s one of the first things you notice, after accelerating up a hill I mean: everyone has something to say about my new Pedego Commuter; it’s a conversation-starter. The Balboa Island ferry Captain wanted to know how I liked it. My wife rode it to dinner and as other diners arrived it was all smiles […]

Sweet Circumstance

How often do you get to give a little corrective feedback to an errant motorist? I had my opportunity as I was heading home from an early morning meeting. I’ve had like zero times to actually comment to a motorist after they’ve been blowing their horn at me; I’m still savoring the moment. Many meetings […]

What I Take for Granted

It’s not until I get home and see the photos that it dawns on me: this neighborhood, this route is something I take for granted. It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, before the party starts. Gotta get out of the house to stay loose; it’s too early to get the details organized — 21st birthdays start […]

Ride up the Coast

Most days I sit at my desk for too many hours. Sound familiar? But his week was different; I was ahead of schedule on my projects. That gave me time to ride. My goal would be to ride 100 miles this week. Most people would add a little variety to their rides, but lately I […]

New Years Guests

“This is the most beautiful bike ride I’ve ever taken,” my Oregon friend Marcie was quick to say; we hadn’t gone far and there was much more scenery still to come. Living here in Corona del Mar I might take for granted the natural charms that surround us. Old friends from college come to visit […]

National Joyriding Day

It almost slipped by un-announced — apparently, today was National Joyriding Day! Well, if it wasn’t today I’m sure there are several runners-up contenders in the days ahead. What am I talking about? Traffic, congestion, “cars competing for asphalt” is how I recently saw it described in Suburban Nation; it seemed like everyone was out […]

Caffeine Achievers

Enjoying these short winter days with their cool temperatures? It’s off-season here in Newport Beach and the crowds are gone, so get on your bike, buck the trend and take this coastal ride from the Crystal Cove Promenade to the peninsula. Winter skies cause me to reach for a cup of java and on this […]

Black Friday Alternative

What’s to do after a day of feasting? No Black Friday shopping for me; a ride along the coast had more appeal. The weather cooperated so it seemed like a perfect day to burn some calories. Would it be crowded along the beach boardwalk on this day after? It would be fun to find out. […]

Riding After Dark

“I’m jealous,” she spoke loud enough to get my attention — this from the blonde in the convertible next to me. We’re both stopped, not going anywhere for awhile. As I glance her way, I take my time to consider a reply. To her I must look shy, at least tongue-tied, so she continues, “I […]