July cycling update

Another time for my quarterly cycling update. My previous one is here. I participated in AIDS/LifeCycle ride. That was very intense, unforgettable experience. I wrote about that in length, and it was really disappointing that I wasn’t able to finish that. Between the COVID recovery and increasing business/vacation travels, there are more and more days…

April cycling update

A season has changed since the last time I did a cycling update in my blog. I’m still dilligently riding my road bike, and I still don’t know why. The first big change is that I started riding with a group. Every Saturday, they ride about 40-50 miles and climb 3000-5000ft. I’m starting to frequent…

AIDS/LifeCycle training ride

This summer I signed up to ride my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise awareness to AIDS. I’ve been riding a lot as training toward the trip. Generally ~1000km/650mi per month in 2022. This weekend was a key milestone in that effort. Day 1: Official training ride Saturday was an officially organized…

I’m supporting AIDS Life/Cycle

I signed up to ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles this summer, and I need your help. This is an annual charity fundraising ride for SF AIDS foundation and LA LGBT center. Since 1993, this event has been raising awareness to AIDS and people who were lost to it. I’ll be riding 545mi/877km over…

Jan cycling update

I rode a lot in January. I traveled 1,400km/870mi and climbed 10,000m/33,000ft. That’s 45km/29mi and 333m/1100ft every day, which is crazy. Perhaps it was because Dec was rainy and I had to stay indoor too much. Maybe because the temperature is getting warmer and comfortable. Or maybe it’s just because my app is giving me…

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…