September 30, 2021

Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride 2012

I wasn't able to participate in this year's LAWNBR, but just yesterday I did happen to come across this video shot at the beginning of the 2012 naked bike ride, which was the first LAWNBR I rode. The video has been lounging over at Ipernity all these years, where it appears only 11 people have seen it. So I copied it over to Vimeo.

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September 23, 2021

Three In California; One in Boston

Round Valley (1)
I took this photo (Kodachrome) of the trunk of a Jeffrey Pine in Long Valley on Mt San Jacinto on my first visit to Palm Springs - in 1996

Ocean Beach (2)
Here I am on Ocean Beach in San Francisco
in the days just before California AIDS Ride 2 started in May 1995. This was my Cannondale bike's first trip to the west coast, so I wanted to baptize it with Pacific Ocean water.

Park Street Church - Boston (3)
Park Street Church and Park Street Station shot on Agfachrome in December 1992.
In the foreground is the Brewer Fountain.

Prosperity Cleaners
Prosperity Cleaners on Cole Street in San Francisco
, May 1995.

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July 10, 2021

Cavendish Ties Mercx

A great summary for American non-cyclists of what's happening with Mark Cavendish on the Tour de France. I believe this is the first time I've seen a stage winner of the Tour openly weeping after his wins. For those blocked by WSJ's paywall:

An Emotional Comeback at the Tour

On the verge of leaving the sport, Mark Cavendish equals Eddy Merckx's legendary record of 34 stage wins

To appreciate the full picture of what Mark Cavendish is doing right now at the Tour de France—to understand why this story is so thrillingly emotional and unexpected that it's making grown, grizzled cycling fans weepy— you've got to appreciate where Cavendish was, not terribly long ago.

And where was he?

He was all but out of the sport. Done. Kaput. A shell of his former, spandexed self.

There are comebacks in sports, and then there is this one: Mark Cavendish, the 36-year-old missile from the Isle of Man, back from the brink and born anew, winning four stages at the 2021 Tour and tying bike legend's Eddy Merckx's record of 34 stages Friday with a brilliant closing gallop in Carcassonne.

It's a feat so improbable, not even Cavendish was willing to consider it, until maybe a few days ago.

Why would he? A few months back, it would have been outrageous to think Cavendish could even start the 2021 Tour. He hadn't won a stage of cycling's grandest event since 2016. He hadn't even been invited to participate in it since 2018.

A close-to-unbeatable tornado in his 20s, Cavendish fell apart as he entered his mid-30s. He endured bad luck, bad crashes, awkward fits with mediocre teams, and was flattened by successive bouts with the Epstein-Barr virus, which drained his energy and stripped his unshakable sprinter's confidence. Depression reared from the darkness.

A once-swaggering phenom was humbled. The man they call "Cav" collected 30 Tour stage victories by 2016, and then, abruptly, he couldn't win at all. He kept pushing on, turning the pedals, but it became difficult to watch. After a grueling race last fall, he tearfully told a reporter: "That's perhaps the last race of my career."

Please understand: Bike sprinting is an underrated head game. You've got to have ferociously strong legs, yes, and it helps to have some talented teammates to deliver you close to the finish line, but in the final, furious meters, you have to believe, unequivocally, to barrel out of that blurry pack at 45 MPH and gun it for the finish, elbows wide, head over handlebars, brakes be damned.

Cav wasn't sure if he could believe again.

"I was kind of lost in the wilderness," Cavendish told me in April.

The sport had moved on.

"It'd just felt like everybody had given up," he said.

Cavendish had to cobble together his own, last-ditch offer just to stick around. Last winter, he grabbed a lifeline from an old team, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, and a bike sponsor, Specialized, but expectations were minimal. Maybe Cav could help out with the young riders. Maybe he could swipe a victory at a C-list race.

Win stages of the Tour de France? Close the gap with Merckx's 34, a mark which loomed over cycling like DiMaggio's 56?

Ha, ha. No way. It was such a ridiculous proposition that Cavendish grew to loathe being asked about it.

In the spring, he showed a flash of his old self, winning four sprint stages of the Tour of Turkey. It was a stirring moment, enough to walk away from the sport with his head held high, but it wasn't France in July. Cavendish wasn't mentioned in Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Tour de France plans. The team had a strong, younger sprinter in Sam Bennett, who'd won the green jersey as the Tour's top speedster in 2020.

They were set. Cav would again watch the Tour on TV.

Then Cavendish got lucky— lucky in the grim way a cyclist doesn't ever want to be lucky, but fortunate still. Bennett, struggling to rehabilitate from a knee injury, got scratched from the Tour roster. Cavendish was summoned off the bench, less than a week before the start.

And since then, it's been like turning a switch, back to the brilliant old days. Cavendish has stepped into the cockpit of a cycling powerhouse—Deceuninck-Quick-Step is an outfit in which Cavendish has a reigning world champion, Julian Alaphilippe, helping to protect him in the pack, and other teammates have lugged Cavendish through difficult mountain stages. In the sprints, Cavendish barely has to stick his nose into the wind until the closing kilometer.

But you know what? He still has to do it in those closing meters, and he's done it, turning on those diabolical jets everyone presumed were long, long gone. He's been speedy and crafty and calm under pressure. This may not be peak Cavendish cannonball, but in a Tour that has seen some top competition like Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan depart with injuries, it's been plenty enough.

Cav's joy has been—well—a joy. Late edition Cavendish brims with gratitude, to his teammates, to Deceuninck- Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere, to the entire sport, his family, and to his fans who never gave up. It seems he, too, can't quite believe it. The Brash Missile has gone Warm and Fuzzy. A sport is swooning.

Even Eddy seems OK with it. Merckx, aka "The Cannibal," is cycling's Babe Ruth—and, as he recently reminded La Gazzetta dello Sport, he won his 34 Tour stages in an assortment of sprints, mountain climbs and time trials. There's no comparison between what Eddy did and what Cav's doing as a sprint specialist. Still, the 76-year-old respectfully allowed: "He's been through a difficult time and has fallen in love with cycling again. That's a great message for young people in the sport."

It is indeed. And it isn't yet done. More mountains are coming, which will be another slog for Cavendish, but there are a pair of sprint stages late, including a final romp on Sunday, July 18 on the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées. A record-breaker could be coming, but I would caution you that nothing in cycling's ever given, that luck can change in an instant, and you can never count on an outcome, but you already know that. You're watching Mark Cavendish win at the Tour de France again, and it's enough to take anyone's breath away.

Mark Cavendish had to cobble together his own, last-ditch offer just to stick around.

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June 19, 2021

Two AIDS Rides, Two From DC

Next Services 100 Miles
A narrow, isolated road that was not used on California AIDS Rides after CAR2
. It was a great road for bicycling, as it had very little traffic. It narrowed down to a width of just one lane. The trouble was that if a cyclist had an accident and needed medical help, it took forever to get an ambulance and medical crew to them. At least two accidents did happen along here, and the injured riders had to be medevaced. Ektachrome, 1995.

CAR2 Riders Crossing A Slight Flood
CAR2 riders crossing a little flood
, Ektachrome, 1995.

DC Metro (1)
DC Metro in 2001
, Kodachrome.

Winter Shadows in Washington DC
Winter shadows in DC
, Kodachrome, 2001.

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June 18, 2021

4-Wheeled One-Ton Bicycle

They mention Torrington once, so that's either Connecticut or Wyoming. I'm pretty sure it's Connecticut.

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June 13, 2021

Descent To The Pacific Coast Highway

This is all fine until you come around one of those curves and find some big road kill or a chunk of a vehicle lying across your path.

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June 8, 2021

Some More Slides

Griffith Observatory (23)
Griffith Observatory
, Kodachrome, 1995. This was after completing the California AIDS Ride from San Francisco. My first time in L.A.

LA to SF (2)
This is on the return bike ride I did with Michael from L.A. back to San Francisco on our own
. Kodachrome, 1995. This is probably on our first day, which was (IIRC) from Sherman Oaks to Ojai.

Boston Public Garden (2)
The Boston Public Garden
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Gate on a Family Plot (1)
A family plot
, but I have no recollection of which cemetery. Kodachrome, 1989.

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May 23, 2021

Four From AIDS LifeCycle 1

King City Camp for AIDS Lifecycle 1 (1)
Camp at King City for the first AIDS LifeCycle
, Ektachrome, 2002.

Somewhere on AIDS Lifecycle 1 (1)
At one of the rest stops on AIDS LifeCycle
, Ektachrome, 2002.

Artichokes (1)
Artichokes seen on AIDS LifeCycle
, Ektachrome, 2002.

California Mission (1)
A mission seen during AIDS LifeCycle
, Ektachrome, 2002.

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April 23, 2021

Cycling the Paris Catacombs

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April 17, 2021

Kodachromes From '89 And '90

Bike on a Beach (1)
My Diamond Back on some beach, somewhere
, Kodachrome, 1990.

Building at the Beach (1)
Probably a different beach
, Kodachrome, 1990.

Chesapeake Lightship (2)
Chesapeake Lightship in Baltimore
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Custom House Tower (4)
The Custom House in Boston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

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March 10, 2021

Four Kodachromes From The Late '80s

Black-eyed Susans (2)
Kodachrome, 1989

Cyclists on a rainy day
Some members of the bike club on a rainy day
. This looks like the water reservoir in Arlington, Massachusetts. That's Sal Sorrenti on the right. Kodachrome, 1987.

Large Format Camera on the Orange Line
I believe this was taken on the last day the Orange Line ran on the elevated tracks along Washington Street
. At one of the stations was this young man with a large format camera who was probably hired by the MBTA. Kodachrome, 1987.

Waiting To Enter The Statue Of Liberty
Line of people waiting to enter the Statue of Liberty
, Kodachrome, 1987.

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March 1, 2021

A Mix

Window View
I have no recollection of where I shot this photo
, but it's likely in the Boston area. Late 1980s.

Self 1989
Myself in my Brighton kitchen
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Tucson After Sunset
, Kodachrome, 1988.

Autumn Bicycling
Autumn cycling in New England

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February 21, 2021

Boston Fools

These two guys went out riding on a semi-frozen stretch of the Charles River in Allston, a neighborhood of Boston. The Charles does not freeze over solid every year, but some years it does. Judging from the conditions in the parking lot alone, it was not cold enough for the river to freeze to a safe thickness. A better place to try this would have been in the Charles River Basin, that is the area from around the BU Bridge downstream to the dam by North Station. These guys were further upstream where there is still a significant current.

Even if they had ignored all the warning signs, just a look at the ice itself should have told them it was unsafe, and they seemed to be trying to ride as close to open water as they could.

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February 18, 2021

Three New England and An Arizona

Saguaro at Sunset
A saguaro in Arizona
, Kodachrome, 1988.

Beacon Hill Boston
Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Swan Boat in Boston's Public Garden
Swan boat in Boston's Public Garden
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Shirtless Cycling
More biking in Vermont
, Kodachrome, 1989,

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February 17, 2021

Not Everything Is A Slide

Biking in Vermont
Biking in Vermont
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Me and Michael at the start of CAR4
Myself and Michael C. just before the start of California AIDS Ride 4 in 1997
. This was our second California AIDS Ride, as you may have guessed from the t-shirts. Scanned from a print.

Cactus Buds
Close up on some cactus buds
, Kodachrome, 1988.

California Hiking
Hiking in California's rolling hills
, probably in Alameda County. Kodachrome, 1989.

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December 13, 2020

Four More

Washington in Boston's Public Garden (2)
George Washington sculpture in Boston's Public Garden
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Empire State Plaza
, 1991, Kodachrome.

Miss Albany Diner
The Miss Albany Diner in Albany
, Kodachrome, 1991.

Myself About To Set Forth From Boston
Myself on the front steps of my Boston condo building, about to set forth on my bike ride to Kansas City
, Kodachrome, April 1991.

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September 10, 2020

Half of my photos from my 1991 bicycle tour from Boston to Kansas City

In the course of scanning my old slides I came across some of the slides I shot on my solo bicycle ride from Boston to Kansas City in 1991. I found a loose leaf notebook containing pages 8 through 16 of my slides from that trip (20 slides per page). Pages 1 through 7 are somewhere, but I just haven't come across them yet. These pages cover the span from the Indiana/Ohio border to Kansas City, and include photos from around the Kansas City area. You can see all that I have here. They're not in strictly chronological order, but they tend to go from west to east generally. Below are a few samples:

Powerlines (6)

County Courthouse (1)
Pretty obviously a county courthouse
, but I have not been able to identify the specific location. It's likely to be in Indiana or Illinois. If you know, tell me!

Mike's Pizza - Royal Center, Indiana
Mike's Pizza in Royal Center, Indiana
, where I had a great lunch.

Central Park - Henry, Illinois
Central Park torpedo in Henry, Illinois
. The most recent Google streetview shows that it is still there.

Henry, Illinois (2)
Also in Henry, Illinois, but I can't find it on streetview now

2nd Street, Clinton, Iowa
2nd Street in Clinton, Iowa
, where I lived for three years.

River City Bike Shop - Clinton, Iowa
The bike shop in Clinton where I bought my first 10-speed.

Crossing the Mississippi
Crossing the Mississippi from Illinois to Iowa

Weathered Barn

Myself & Cannondale (1)

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site (BW)

Cannondale & Tractors

E.E. Warren Opera House - Greenfield, Iowa
Greenfirled, Iowa

Iowa Highway (3)

Willard the Pig at Villisca, Iowa
Although this seems to have been very popular in Villisca over a few decades, I can't find it in current streetviews.

West-to-East Cyclist Crossing Missouri River
Crossing the Missouri River from Missouri to Nebraska I ran into my first other long distance cyclist, heading east

Entering Kansas from Nebraska
Entering Kansas from Nebraska

Missouri River (2)
The Missouri River

Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri
The Liberty Memorial in Kansas City

Hypermart Checkout
Checkout lines at the Walmart Hypermart in Kansas City
. This was a Walmart experimental store before there were any Super Walmarts. It was, at the time, the biggest store of any kind I had ever seen and was at least as big as any Super Walmart today.

The Scout - Kansas City
"The Scout," a sculpture by Cyrus E. Dallin
who also sculpted the Paul Revere statue on the Paul Revere Mall in Boston.

Willow Campsite
I also traveled to the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in southern Missouri
. This was our Boy Scout summer camp location.

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August 3, 2019

Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride Photos for 2019

I rode only the afternoon loop on this year's World Naked Bike Ride in Los Angeles. I had three GoPros, each shooting one photo every five seconds during the ride. Two of the cameras faced rearward and on forward. The complete collection of photos is here. There's an icon for a slideshow near the upper right corner of that page. I tried to sync the clocks on the three cameras, but they don't allow you to set the seconds, so they're out of sync with each other over a spread of a minute or so. The route changed some this year, partly due to construction on the LA River bike path, so if you enjoy looking at these photos for what's in the background, you'll see some different scenery in this year's photos.

What follows are a few of the photos:
LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (135736)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (140806)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (141116)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (171447)
I'm pretty sure these two were not together, but while we waited for a traffic light they seemed to mirror each others body language unconsciously.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172612)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (145111)
There were a lot of motorcycle cops along on the ride.
They were tremendously helpful and had to stop at least a couple of drivers who thought they could just drive right into us, as if we would magically disappear out of their way.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (145532)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (152131)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (141156A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (152337)
A naked bystander
. Not part of the ride at all, but an observer from the side of the road. I guess we inspired him. Too bad he didn't have a bike!

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (144942)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (143711)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (143036A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (142630)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (142426A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172227A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172732A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153842)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (154147)
We entered the LA River bike path at the point where we exited in previous years.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (161952)
A stop along the LA River bike path

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (162327A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (163037A)
And we exited the bike path via a little dirt path.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (163456)
The first time I rode the LAWNBR we went past this church and they called the cops.
This is the first time we've ridden by it again. No problems this time.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (164027)
And then we re-entered the LA River bike path.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (165032A)
We went through this rotary twice, for a total of 360°.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (165322)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153452)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153603)
This guy was back with his sign - this year, no typos!

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153737)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (142134)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172703)

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December 13, 2018

Texas AIDS Ride 1

Mumford (1)

Bus interior
After just one day of riding, we were hit by a severe thunderstorm in the middle of the night. We grabbed our stuff (excluding tents and bikes) and they transported us to a nearby high school where we hung out for hours in the gym until they bused us from there to what would have been our destination on that second day. No bike ride that day. The photo below is of me in the night as we were evacuating.


Sons Of Confederate Veterans

Texas Capitol (1)
A Confederate memorial on the grounds of the state capitol building in Austin.

Tom & John
Tom & John who hosted Michael and me in Houston. John had lived in Boston for a little while around 1980-'81 and I knew him from then.

The Ellis County courthouse in Waxahachie which Michael and I rode through on our way from Dallas to Austin before the ride started. We were rather surprised to suddenly see what seemed an obvious H.H. Richardson in a small Texas county seat. Turns out it was designed by a student of Richardson, James Riely Gordon.

Me & Michael
Michael riding right behind me in a pace line. This was shot by a professional photographer who had stationed himself along the route.

Michael and I had flown into Dallas with the plan to stay at the home of my friends Steve & Jeff (formerly of Kansas City) and then bicycle on our own to Austin. TAR would take us from Austin to Houston and then to Dallas. As we headed from Dallas to Austin we tried to follow small tw-lane highways, of course, but in Texas (or at least in this part of Texas) those roads all go either north-south or east-west and a direct route from Dallas to Austin would be something of a diagonal. I-35 would be the direct route, and the inefficiency of our route became annoyingly obvious as we continually crossed and recrossed I-35 on roads that weren't going in the direction we wanted to go. BUT, in Texas the interstates are parallelled on each side with smaller two-lane, two-way roads that I believe are intended mostly for slow farm vehicles. Turns out they are also excellent for bicycling...if you don't mind parallelling an interstate highway. Even at complex highway interchanges, these small roads were designed to carry us through the interchange without risking our lives. It'd be great if every state had the money and space to build roads like these. You can see an example of one of these roads on the right side of the photo below.

Bike Assembly
Re-assembling my bike at Steve & Jeff's place in Dallas.

Bike Lift
Closing ceremonies in Dallas.

Bush Library
At College Station. In 1998 there had been only one President Bush, so there was no need to insert any middle initials to eliminate ambiguity.

Cotton (2)
My first time seeing cotton growing.

Dealy Plaza (2)
The Dealey Plaza memorial in Dallas.

In Dallas, the banner made for us by Steve & Jeff.

Entering Dallas (1)
That's Geoff in the shade.

Four of us
Steve, Michael, myself and Jeff in Dallas.

Geoff (2)
Geoff who was also from Boston.

Me & Dan Pallotta
Myself with Dan Pallotta, who created the AIDS Rides.

The complete set of photos is here.

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August 12, 2018

LAWNBR 2018 Video Slideshow - ThiEYE Camera

Here's the third of the slideshows of my photos from the Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride back in June.

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