Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Then yesterday on my commute home, I was climbing a hill where the road narrows with curbs and gutters when I spotted tiny broken glass shards from two big bottles sprayed everywhere. Of course an urgent auto peleton arrived at the same time. I was stuck rolling through the glass. Arrgh.
I went back the next day and swept up the remaining shards.
Disabled cars block travel lanes because of curbs too. Could we save tax dollars by foregoing these?
Monday, August 29, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Many thanks to Rando Paul for creating this new permanent. It follows the same route as his Princeton-Belmar-Princeton permanent, but starts at the east end in Belmar. This is extremely convenient for me, since we usually stay near Belmar when we are in NJ. I biked to the start and avoided lots of car driving.
And... I got to swim in the ocean after the ride. Woot!
Weather was incredible (the local heat wave broke), traffic was cordial (only one buzz), no mechanicals, no dogs (the only two dogs I heard were fenced), and navigation was automatic (I know the route). The wind did kick up like crazy the last 40 miles, but it brought the barn smell from the finish.
Two good tidbits: The worst section of pavement on West Farm Rd has been repaved since last I rode, and is now smooth as glass. I discovered that a Home Depot can serve as a great rest stop: a secure place to lock bikes, clean bathrooms, ice cold water fountains, and the cheapest bottles of Powerade at every cashier.
Enjoy scads of photos with lots more details in captions.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Do you remember the first blogger you read regularly? And do you remember why?
About five years ago, I was searching for information about a music festival out west. I found a blogger who wrote not only about that festival, but also several other activities I enjoyed. From that blog-reading experience, here is my advice...
Be succinct. The less you write, the more people read. It caught my attention.
Make jokes. My blogger was incredibly funny, sarcastic, and cutting. It held my attention.
Be accurate. My blogger was fastidious. Don't guess.
Write well. Write with a nice flow and good sense of timing. Use an occassional big word.
Mix it up. While I discovered the blog for the music festival, my blogger also wrote about other topics. Some matched my hobbies, some did not. But all were interesting.
Write with zest. Share your excitement. Encourage others. Warn about hazards. Give tips.
Photos. Add photos. Write captions which continue the story.
Keep blogging. Strangers are reading, enjoying, and being inspired.