2021 in review: Model making

Another one of my pandemic hobbies is model making. In 2021, I completed 14 models, all of which you can see on my Flickr. I also post most of them to Reddit to seek encouragements. I mostly do airplanes and cars. I like their aerodynamic shapes, and I like painting them in bright brilliant colors….

2021 in review: Cycling

I started riding in 2020 May but it was 2021 that I got really into it. In 2020 I used to ride about 35 miles / 50km a week, which probably sounds like a lot already for normal people :-), but in 2021 it started going up. I bought a road bike in April, had…

2021 in review: Watercolor

I’ve been painting with watercolors since this summer. I fell from my bike, injured my ankle, and I couldn’t ride for about 6 weeks, so I had to find something else that lets me get out of my house. I eventually settled into a routine of sort. Small 5.5″x8.5″ paper. My daughter’s left over watercolor…

Sea Otter Classic

I’ve participated in my first cycling event today. Really more of a big festival. It was such a nice clear autumn day. Not knowing what to expect, I played it safe and participated in a 75km long distance ride along the coast. I’ve never ridden with so many other people either. Thanks to all the…

September cycling update

I continue to ride my bike. 1hr on a weekday, then one long weekend ride. ~250km per week. Lately I started carrying my camera with me. It is heavy, so it slows me down, but it lets me combine two hobbies of mine. I found out that slowing down was actually a feature; I can…

Bike trip across America, DONE!

Almost exactly one year after I started, I’ve finally completed my transcontinental virtual bike tour from San Jose, California to New York City, New York. 4723km ~= 2936miles. Quite a bit of distance! My blog posts along the way can be seen here. Interestingly, it wasn’t this goal that pulled me forward. It’s the small…

Rutherfurd Hall

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m at Rutherfurd Hall in Allamuchy, New Jersey. Rutherfurd Hall is a lake side estate, currently used as an event venue. It’s owned by a school district (!) and to the left of this picture is an actual school (elementary school + middle school). This house was…

DuBois, PA

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m in DuBois, Pennsylvania. DuBois is a small town that scores 1 on the McDonalds index. But they do have a historical society located right in the middle of what appears to be a downtown. The article that got my attention was how USPS experimented with no-landing…

Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

I wanted to assemble a motorcycle model. And it had to be a Harley Davidson. I think it’s because now I ride a bicycle. It makes me appreciate the feeling of open air, going slowly and taking it in, and going a road less traveled. In other words, the joy of adventure. It feels free,…

William H. McGuffey Boyhood Home

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m at William H. McGuffey Boyhood Home, near the border between Ohio and Pennsylvania. He wrote textbooks for elementary school grade 1 to 6, and his book was sold more than 120 million copies (!). That’s a mind-boggling number. Growing up, Japanese was not my favorite subject…

Fremont, OH

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’m in Fremont. OH. The name reminds me of California because there’s Fremont, CA. What I didn’t know was that there is more California tie than I knew — both cities are named after John C. Frémont, a man who played a key role in the formation…

Ohio

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I’ve just entered Ohio. Last week I bought a new road bike. It’s an entry level model as far as the “real” bicycles go, but even still, compared to the previous bike that I was using, I can go about 15% faster just by switching, it’s amazing….