Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cruiser Nation

If you like photography and/or cruiser bikes, then our Brandon Donahue has the virtual club for you! Check it out, and remember, since it's virtual you don't actually have to live in Durango to join in on the fun.

Do you like cruising bicycles?
Do you like photography?
Then you might just have what it takes...
To shoot blurry photos from the seat of your bike.

Join the
Cruiser Photography Crew,
cuz we put the 'crew', in cruiser.

Click click, flash flash,
Let me take your photograph.

Pictures taken from bikes,
pictures of bikes,
pictures of people taking pictures of bikes...
whatever you got.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Miracle on 32nd Street

Crews are re-striping the lines on 32nd Street in Durango this week and they're making very significant changes for the benefit of cyclists. In this case, the usable Bike Lane has been increased in width by 2 feet by moving it away from and off the gutter pan and by reducing the travel lane to 11 feet. Yes, you did read that correctly - they are reducing the width of the travel lane. Our hats go off to Amber Blake, the City of Durango's MultiModal Coordinator, to Jack Rogers and Gregg Boysen, of Durango's Public Works, and City Manager Ron LeBlanc for their progressive thinking. Local advocacy groups working together as the Safe Roads Coalition and spearheaded by Drew Bourey and Wade Moore, can feel proud of their efforts in helping make this change, and others, more likely to happen.

New Road Cross Section - from Curb-to-Center:
- 12-18" Gutter Pan (no longer used as part of the Bike Lane)
- 4" White Line (new)
- 5 foot Bike Lane (was about 3-1/2 feet when excluding the unusable gutter pan)
- 8" Double White Line (new and improved!)
- 11 foot Travel Lane (was 13 feet)
- 13 foot Center Turn Lane

You're the Cream in My Coffee

Another delicious cappuccino to start the day.
Some people use steamed milk to make hearts, flowers and rosettas, but I prefer to make mine with a Hillary Clinton.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Along the Apache Trail

Looking for Wildflowers in Arizona recently - highs about 80° and lows near 50°. Nothing soothes the soul of a horticulturally inclined Coloradoan like the warmth of the emerging Sonoran Desert in early Spring.

The decorative flowers of the Pointleaf Manzanita. The inflorescence is a spherical cluster of beautiful urn-shaped flowers.
Arctostaphylos pungens

Fairy Duster
Calliandra eriophylla

Roosevelt Lake at full capacity after a wet El Niño winter.

Ned... Heralded Marin Mariner Harrier

Highlights of Ned Overend's running career at the College of Marin in 1976. Our thanks to Jay Bailey who sent us these clippings. His father, Tony Bailey was Ned's cross country coach (shown below) at the College of Marin. Click on either image if interested in a larger, more readable image.

Ned qualifies for the State Championships at the 1976 Northern California Junior College Championships.

Voila! Ned earns All-State at the 1976 California Junior College State Championships.