Friday, June 30, 2006

The big whine and dine ride

Bicycle Riders

Longest WnD Ride of the Year
Last Wednesday we did the longest Whine and Dine ride of the year. The bummer about summer is that it means the days are getting shorter again. It was a fun ride though. That is my son Jeff on the far right. Also on the ride were Peggggy Zagelow, Scott Riddle, Brad Brewer, Joe Armstrong and Tom Nguyen.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Reasons to ride

Why do we ride?
People ride for many reasons. Some ride for the physical challenge. Some ride for the pretty scenery. For me it is that and more. I ride for the nice people I get to ride with. Looking back on last week, it is the folks on the ride I think of most.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Sierra-to-the-Sea Blog Pictures

Here is a link to posts on my family blog taken on my camera phone and posted to the Internet as the tour happened. All these photos will be in my blog's June 2006 Archive located here.

Rest on ride to Ryde

Me at Woodbridge

My body is almost back to normal
It is amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it. Peggy Zagelow took this picture on a very hot day near Lodi. Lodi is not one of the most pleasant places to be on a very hot day. Thankfully the rest stop was in a nice shady location and I was able to rest. I even went wine tasting here and bought a bottle of Cabernet before I got back on the bike and continued the ride to Ryde. The SAG driver kept the wine. It was my contribution to the Thursday wine and cheese party at Casini Ranch.

Sierra-to-the-Sea Pictures Here

If you had a chance to join this year’s great Sierra to the Sea cycling tour, please photos your photos to the ACTC photo website. If you didn’t go, please read below for a recap.

There are a couple of albums up there now:

For those that didn’t get a chance to join, here is a short recap.

About 30 of us did a 3 day club ride to the new start at Bear Valley. Day 1 was to Patterson, Day 2 to the Columbia (the prior year start) and Day 3 to Bear Valley. The heat and long distances took its toll on some of the riders so it was fortunate that we had a couple of SAG vehicles along. One club member had to go to the hospital but is okay now. I think most everyone had a great time, I certainly did. I hope we have can do the 3 day ride again next year.

The Sierra to the Sea had a new start location at Bear Valley, which was magnificent. We started at over 7,000 feet. We biked to Jackson, same as in prior years but it was a difficult route and that coupled with the heat meant a good number of STTS participants needed to be sagged in. It was a bit of a rocky start for some of the riders. The 3rd night was a different location, at the Ryde Hotel, which I really enjoyed. As we approach the coast the weather turned from very hot to very cool. Wow, what a wonderful place California is. It was still cool for the fabulous finishing lunch at Golden Gate Park. A few of us finished by biking back to San Jose so we could redefine S2S to mean San Jose to San Jose.

We had one club member who had to abandon the tour and another who had an accident and could not ride for a couple of days, but I believe all is well with both. I am sure our publisher will have more information on his blog with regards to the tour. Personally I thought it was great and Miguel and staff did a super job.

Hopefully I am now caught up on all the webmaster stuff I didn’t do while riding but if not, please send me a reminder.

Franz Kelsch
ACTC Webmaster

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Sierra-to-the-Sea Epilogue

I am done with my ride and I am recovering today. I slept until about mid-day and my body is still in recovery.

My Impressions?
I have another blog where I post my opinions and ratings on lots of things. Everything posted here is just my opinion and you are free (as always) to disagree. To read my opinion just follow this link.

Friday, June 16, 2006

The July Issue Is Posted

The final version of this newsletter is here. This is how it went to the printer! Due to the SttS there will be no editing or versioning. I now have to finish my bike and start packing.

Actually that is not true, the printer receives 11x17 printer spreads. If you are curious what they look like, this is how it looks in printer spreads.

There may be a delay while my system synchs with the server and these get posted.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Whine and Dine Wedding Celebration

Scott and Sarah Cut Cake

First Whine-n-Dine couple getting married
Sarah and Scott are regular riders on the spring and summertime Whine and Dine bicycle rides that Tyler, Jeff and I lead. Now Scott and Sarah are engaged and they are getting married next month. This is the last ride they are doing before they get married that we will be at. So, after last night's ride we celebrated with champagne, wine, confetti and a cake. We did a toast and wished them happiness. It was a wonderful fun evening.