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2008 Monday Night Skates (Leaving 3rd & S at 7:00 p.m.)

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Date Information As of 11/05/2007: Monday Night Skate leaves at 7:00 p.m. sharp.)
December 29, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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YouTube movie of photos from past Christmas light skates with Bethoven music. Skating through hoops of Christmas lights on S Street on the December 10, 2007 Monday Night Skate.

I don't know; I was out of town!

No new photos or movies. I was out of town visiting my mother. I don't know what happened at this Monday Night Skate.

See photo that links to a YouTube video above on the left. See photo that links to a YouTube video above on the right.

Unless it is raining, or the pavement is wet from rain, there will be a Monday Night Skate January 5, 2009, Monday. 

Bernie

December 22, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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YouTube movie of photos from past Christmas light skates with Bethoven music. Skating through hoops of Christmas lights on S Street on the December 10, 2007 Monday Night Skate.

4 skate to see many Christmas lights!

No new photos or movies. Dave, Gus, Rusty, and I enjoyed skating to see Christmas lights tonight.

We skated east on S and T Streets to the State Capitol, where we saw the fuel cell powered Christmas tree. Too bad the photo was poor. Then, continuing on T Street, we skated to then to 53rd and T, where we skated north one block to see LIGHTSGALORE and Santa Claus. I wanted to give Santa my wishes (public financing of elections, peace,..., but he was busy with littler children.

See photo that links to a YouTube video above on the left. See photo that links to a YouTube video above on the right.

After feasting our eyes, we skated to 48th Street one block of T Street where we looked at the largest one house Christmas light display in Sacramento. We even talked with Gary the owner. Too bad the photos were poor.

Skating east on S Street we were soon back at our 3rd and S starting point.

This was about an 8 mile skate. After the skate, Gus and I enjoyed food, drink, and conversation in Vallejo's. What a merry Christmas!

Bernie

December 15, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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YouTube movie of photos from past Christmas light skates with Bethoven music. Skating through hoops of Christmas lights on S Street on the December 10, 2007 Monday Night Skate.

4 or 5 skate extensive Christmas light state!

No new photos or movies. I base this report on information I received from Rusty and Gus. Gordon led Dave, Gus, and Rusty on an extensive Christmas light skate.

See photo that links to a YouTube video above on the left. See photo that links to a YouTube video above on the right.

Bernie

December 15, 2008

musical note Surfing USA
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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000.

Tonight we were rained out.

It rained off and on today, and at 7:00 p.m. the streets and sidewalks were quite wet.  A good night for slipping and sliding, but not for skating.  Next week we look at Christmas lights!

The above report proved to be wrong. Although the street near my house was wet, other areas of Sacramento were not, and 5 or 6 skaters did skate. See above 12-15-2008 report for a corrected report.

Bernie

December 8, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Rusty and Gus pose at McClatchy Senior High on
  the December 8, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

3 skate new Sacramento City College 7 mile State!

Gus, Rusty, and I skated the 12/08/2008 Monday Night Skate. The weather was cold and damp. We decided to do a skate south to Sacramento City College.

First we skated east on S Street to 19th Street, where we headed south to Second Avenue. A block from Second Avenue we stopped to say hello to the greatest woman in the world, my girlfriend, Florence.

After saying hello to Florence, we continued south on 19th Street to Freeport Boulevard. Skating south on Freeport, we stopped at McClatchy High. See photo above on the left.

Continuing south on Freeport, we soon reached Sacramento City College. Soon we were at a great parking lot. One way to do a parking lot is to skate to the top and ride the elevator down. That is not how we did it! WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We returned by skating north on Freeport Boulevard, which eventually became 21st Street. At S Street we skated west back to our starting point - 3rd and S. This was about a 7 mile skate, which reached Vallejo's about 8:40 p.m.

All three of us then enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Vallejo's. I think this was a wonderful night for all of us!

Bernie

December 1, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Rusty, Gus, Morgan, and David pause at 10th and K on the
  December 1, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

5 skate new 6 mile Downtown Sacramento State!

Gus, Morgan, Rusty, Dave and I skated the 12/01/2008 Monday Night Skate. We decided to do a downtown Sacramento bike lanes skate, partly to show that we skaters have a right yo use bike lanes.

After starting east on S Street, we we skated south to T Street - rough, but a marked bike lane.

When we reached 21st Street - another clearly marked bike lane, we skated north to L Street.

On L Street - another clearly marked bike lane, we skated west. At 10th Street we decided to look at some of the new hotels and restaurants. See photo above on the right.

Nest most of us skated down a downtown parking lot. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We next skated by 24 Hour Fitness and the ice skating rink at 5th and K Streets. A lot of people working out, but nobody at the skating rink.

Next we were back at our 3rd and S starting point. This was about a 6 mile skate. Dave and Rusty took off. Gus, Morgan, and I stayed for food, beverages, and conversation to solve all the world's problems.

Bernie

November 24, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Skating across the Tower Bridge on the July 14, 2008 Monday Night Skate.Skating South on the West Sacramento River Promenade on the November 24, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

8 skate new 7 mile West Sacramento State!

John, Bernie, Gus, Morgan, Gordon, Rusty, Dave and I showed up for the 11/24 MNS. We chose a West Sacramento skate with a plan to go through the Lighthouse area. Skating north on 3 rd St. to O St. we continued on O St, crossed I-5 to the Sacramento River levee; skated north on the promenade to the Tower Bridge and crossed the river into West Sacramento (For crossing the Tower Bridge, see photo that links to a July 14, 2008 YouTube video above on the left.).

Since we crossed on the south side sidewalk of the Tower Bridge we were just blocks from Raley Field. This variation on the skate had not been taken before so we just went with the flow and skated on South River Rd to Ballpark Ln. Skating up to the darkened ballpark we discovered the music playing at 8pm. Does the music play continuously 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? Why does it play when the ballpark is closed? We looped around the park to Riske Ln; skated to cross over the downtown connection of I-80 and connected with West Capitol Blvd.

graphic letter We skated West Cap to Jefferson Blvd and turned north on Jefferson; continuing north until it connected with Sacramento Blvd. At Sacramento Blvd we turned west continuing to Todhunter Ave.

Todhunter connected us to Carrie St. We took Carrie St. to Kegle St. At the corner of Kegle St. and Lighthouse Dr. we regrouped. Our plan was to skate inside the gated community on Fountain Dr. but the only way to do this would be to ignore the posted signs stating “Public Access Allowed Dawn to Dusk”. After a short deliberation and searching of souls we decided it was well past dusk and our presence on Fountain Dr. would not be welcome. So putting Plan B into action we continued east on Lighthouse Dr.

Lighthouse Dr. is a great street to skate; the asphalt is smooth, bracketed with tandem sidewalks on both sides. Lighthouse changes to 5 th St and at its connection to C St. we turned east. We regrouped at the corner of C St. and 3 rd St. A decision point – we could continue on C St. and cross back into Sacramento on the I St. Bridge or we could skate north on 3 rd St. and connect with West Sacramento’s River Walk. Gordon made the call and we continued on 3 rd. St.

Due to the construction next to the ziggurat building we were blocked at all the normal access points to get to the River Walk. We traveled up the sidewalk at the “zigg” and regrouped on the River Walk. Quickly skating south to the Tower Bridge (See photo that links to a YouTube video above on the right.), we crossed back into Sacramento. Rusty and Dave broke off from us and the remaining six continued back to our start point.

Five of us headed over to Vallejo’s for après-skate food and conversation, where we proceeded to solve the world’s problems in one hour or less. Topics of discussion: politics and financial bailouts. Investment strategies, credit default swaps and federal deficits were discussed but Gordon and Morgan, prognosticators extraordinaire, really got us laughing by putting forth a plan for president-elect Obama to solve the financial crisis and long term the terrorist problem: money drops from the sky.

Now this was a tongue-in-cheek proposal – but you never know what can occur in life. Gordon expanded on this idea – convert the US bomber fleet by stripping out the bomb racks and guns, etc and replace them printing presses. Just fly over, open the bomb doors and churn out the bailout cash. Since the TARP and other financial bailout plans only benefit the top tier banks and corporations, why not provide a “trickle up” economic stimulus by giving money to everyone? This would really be “spreading money” around. And if you give money to the average citizen they are more likely to spend it rather than invest it and this will spur the economy. Imagine this now, take the first $700 billion bank bailout divide by the US population (around 300 million), every man, woman and child gets $2333 – if they could scoop it up as it fell from the sky! The faster get more, the slower get less. I guarantee you there would not be a scrap of litter on the ground if this plan was implemented.

Now while Gus, Bernie and I were laughing, the master economists, Gordon and Morgan, proceeded to name the money giveaway “Obama-Bucks” and the bomber-based delivery system “Obamers”. You saw it here first, my friends. Morgan put on his foreign affairs hat - just take the same idea over to Iraq and instead of bombing the Iraqis we would just drop money. The insurgents won’t attack those who are dropping money from the sky. With the Iraq War costing us 10 billion per month, by some estimates this is equal to $4900/Iraqi, we can afford to drop plenty of money, buying friends and cooperation.

Until the money floats down from the sky – Keep skatin’

Brian

November 17, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Skating north parallel to Front Street on the November
  17, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

7 skate south for California Crocker Middle School, Land Park, Sacramento Zoo, Sacramento River Levee loop!

We had 7 skaters tonight: David, Gus, Jacob, Morgan, Rusty, Steve, and myself. I announced that December 15 and 22 will be Christmas light skates. We decided to skate a southern route.

Fist we skated east on S, then we turned south on 11th Street, which has a bike lane. Skating south on 11thst Street, we soon reached Broadway where we skated east to the Tower Theater.

After a marquee pause, we skated south on Land Park Drive to California Crocker Middle School. After playing on some smooth pavement, which Brian discovered for us some time ago, we skated south to Land Park.

After enjoying skating around in this beautiful yet dark park, we found ourselves at the Sacramento Zoo.

After a break wherein we took turns riding a giraffe, we skated west on Sutterville Road to the Sacramento River Levee.

Skating north on the levee with the Sacramento River on the left is pretty and removed from traffic.

After leaving the levee for Ramp Street, we returned to the levee to continue north on the multi-purpose trail parallel to Front Street. See photo above on the left.  After crossing the I5 Freeway on Dave's Bridge, we were back at our starting point, 3rd and S.

This was an 8 mile loop. After the skate, Gus, Jacob, Morgan, and I enjoyed some food, drink, service, and conversation at Vallejo's.

Bernie

November 10, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Skating across Stockton Boulevard on the November 10, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

8 skate to Sacramento State College and back!

Well, who showed up to skate on this wonderful November evening? Bernie, check; Steve, yep; Dan, ditto; Rusty, there in 3D; Morgan and his son, Jacob, double check; Gordon, accounted for; Brian, present and ready to roll.

The Great Eight were good to go and a CSUS loop was chosen; starting around 7:15 pm we skated east on S St until a couple of blocks past Alhambra where we turned south for a block or two; turned east on T St., continuing across Stockton Boulevard (See photo that links to a YouTube video above on the right.). Then we cooled our wheels at the Starbucks at the T-Stockton corner where Bernie grabbed a photo or two, which did not come out well.

T St. has a pretty good skating surface and Steve and Jacob took off ahead of the group. Steve is faster than most skaters; Jacob has the benefit of youth; needless to say - they got skillz. The rest of us made good time rejoining with Steve and Jacob at T and 59th St, where we turned north and crossed over Hwy 50.

Continuing on 59th St. we skated to Folsom Blvd near the Corti Bros. Market; crossed Folsom to 58th St.; turned east on M St. and connected with to 62nd St. at the corner of Elvas Blvd. We took Elvas to the CSUS campus access arch and pathway.

The bike path on campus is smooth and fast and in short work we skated over to the parking structure where Gordon, Morgan and I cooled our wheels and heels near the entrance; the rest of the guys took a ride on the elevator to the top to catch a little downhill skating.

Leaving the garage, we cut through the campus to the J St. entrance and skated back toward mid-town. After passing under Elvas we turned back onto 58th St. and skated south to M St. We took M St. west to Alhambra and then connected with Capitol Blvd.

As we entered the Capitol Park a ranger informed us skating was not allowed in the park. With indignation in our hearts and sad expressions on our faces we followed the rules and skated around the park on the perimeter sidewalk. How could she deny us our skate through the park? We don’t trash the place. We provide an incidental safety service by being a group of mature, polite, respectful citizens, whose presence in the darkened park may keep miscreants and scalawags from doing their anti-social behaviors. Bernie, who was slightly ahead of the group missed hearing the park ranger and continued through the park and we regrouped near 9th St. Restricting us from the park is just wrong. I'm calling Arnold. No - I'm going to start a proposition…

graphic letter We meandered through the streets to finish the skate back at 3rd and S.

Bernie, Steve, Gordon, Dan and I stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo’s. Topics of discussion: linguistic faux pas when speaking Spanish and French; the effects of Vietnam becoming the country du jour for low-cost production; The Employee Free Choice Act for union organizing; the effects of wage increases to the huddling masses; and cell phone usage and brain cancer. Bernie has been following congressional hearings on the latter. I have my suspicions this subject is sure to return for continued discussion!

Check out these links: http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/09/25/cellphones.cancer/index.html and the one that really piqued my curiosity: http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/conditions/09/18/cellphone.sperm

Now, I’m just speaking off the cuff here - tell a guy a cell phone may cause brain cancer and you may get some attention but tell him the cell phone could be cookin’ the jewels and you may actually get him to listen…

Anyway, this was a great skate – 13 miles with great conditions. So until next week…

Keep skatin’

Brian

November 3, 2008

musical note Surfing USA
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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000.

Tonight we were rained out.

This afternoon it rained elephants and hippocampus and at 7:00 p.m. it was still raining. A good day for slipping and sliding, but not for skating.

Bernie

October 27, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Elmira skates down some stairs on the October 13, 2008 Monday Night Skate.Bernie, Mona Romero ( of Sacramento Press ), and Gus pose at 3rd and S before the October 27, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

2 have fun doing a Halloween skate to and from Sacramento City College! Mona Romero's Sacramento Press Article

See photo linked to YouTube video above on the left - Elmira skating down some stairs!   One new photo this week on the right - Bernie, Mona, and Gus before the skate!    Mona Romero of Sacramento Press greeted us. She said that she would write an article about the Monday Night Skate. She also said that people can also write articles for Sacramento Press.   Mona Romero's Sacramento Press Article

Gus and I decided to skate to Sacramento City College. I wanted to show off my Superman costume and do a fun parking lot.

First we skated east on S Street. Then we skated south on 11th Street and Riverside Boulevard to Land Park.

Turning east, of course we enjoyed skating through Land Park. Before long we were skating into Sacramento City College.

graphic letter We enjoyed skating down the "cheese grater" parking lot. WHEEEE!!!!!

We passed through the college one more time, then we were homeward bound - north on 21st Street and west on S Street.

After this 7 mile loop, we enjoyed food, beverages, and conversation at Vallejo's. Halloween was a treat.

One spectator asked me if I was really faster than a speeding bullet. I said, "Yes, and I can leap tall buildings."

Bernie

October 20, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Gus, Rusty, and Elmira pose atop the Sacramento City College Parking Lot  on the October 6, 2008 Monday Night Skate.Skating down a parking lot on the October 6, 2009 Monday Night Skate.

5 enjoy American River Parkway and downtown Sacramento skate!

No new photos or movies. I announced that October 27, Monday, would be our Halloween skate. Costumes optional! Dave, Gus, Rusty, Steve, and I skated tonight. We agreed to do an American River Parkway skate.

First we skated north on 3rd Street. Then we skated west to Front Street and the Sacramento River Promenade. Some of skated down the ramp to skate right next to the River into Old Sacramento.

In Old Sacramento we got on the American River Parkway, where we skated north past the City Water Works to to Discovery Park.

At Discovery Park, we skated the new trail (southside of the American River). As suggested by Dave, we took the 5th Street exit to Richards Boulevard. On Richards Boulevard we skated east to 7th Street, which we took into town.

Next we skated south on 19th Street. Bike lane and pavement not bad. When 19th became Freeport Boulevard, we continued on it.

graphic letter When we reached downtown Sacramento, we skated to the State Capitol. Then we skated to a great parking lot. Security turned us away. (: - (

Next, as suggested by Rusty, we stopped on 16th Street near P at Vic's Pizza. After skating about 7 miles, we enjoyed some good food, drink, and conversation.

Bernie

October 13, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Gus, Rusty, and Elmira pose atop the Sacramento City College Parking Lot  on the October 6, 2008 Monday Night Skate.Skating down a parking lot on the October 6, 2009 Monday Night Skate.

9 enjoy urban skate: S Street, 19th Street, 21st Street, State Capitol grounds, 1 parking lot!

No new photos or movies. I announced that October 27, Monday, would be our Halloween skate. Costumes optional! Ben, Dave, Elmira, Gus, Kathy, Morgan, Rusty, Steve, and I skated tonight. We agreed to do an urban skate that would use some of Sacramento's bike lanes.

First we skated east on S Street. After a while Ben and Kathy dropped out. I think it was because Ben was not used to skating.

Next we skated south on 19th Street. Bike lane and pavement not bad. When 19th became Freeport Boulevard, we continued on it.

graphic letter When Freeport Boulevard intersected 21st Street, we skated north on 21st Street. Bike lane and pavement were OK. At Capitol Avenue, we skated west to the State Capitol grounds, where we enjoyed some stares and some stairs.

Next most of us skated down the best parking lot in the world (my opinion). WHEEEE!!!!!

After skating west on Capitol Avenue, we were soon back at our 3rd and S starting point. This was a short skate. At best an 8 mile loop.

After the skate, Gus, Steve, and I enjoyed food. beverages, and conversation at Vallejo's.

Bernie

October 6, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Gus, Rusty, and Elmira pose atop the Sacramento City College Parking Lot  on the October 6, 2008 Monday Night Skate.Skating down a parking lot on the October 6, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

6 enjoy skate to Sacramento City Collge, through Land Park, and up Sacramento River Levee!

Bernie, Gus, Rusty, Dave, Elmira and I skated tonight – six on the sixth, the planets were aligned, the air was calm, the streets were ours to claim and tame. Elmira, (our rocket scientist, physicist, from Kazakhstan) formerly living in Rio Vista, now in Arizona, came to visit friends in Rio Vista and also joined us for the skate. Awesome to see you again, Elmira!

A skate to Sacramento City College by way of Curtis Park was chosen – the outgoing leg of the loop started eastward on S St, continued to 26th St where we turned south; crossed Broadway; meandered through the disjointed path of 26th St until we entered the north side of Curtis Park; skated the west side of the park; regrouped at 12th Ave; turned westward to attack the “hill” of the railroad over crossing. Cresting the rise of the OC we were greeted with the brightly illuminated Hughes Stadium – our intermediate goal was in sight and our skate down into the college parking lot was fast and smooth.

A quick regrouping at the stadium had us together and we continued over the parking structure; where the main group took a ride up on the elevator to enjoy a quick skate down the structure (See photo above on the left.). Once was not enough so they did it again…(See photo linked to YouTube movie above on the right.). WHEEEE!!!!!

Class was in session, so we did not dwell for long as we skated through the campus to Freeport Blvd. We crossed over Freeport, entered William Land Park and skated to the west side of the park. We skated around the zoo and continued along Sutterville Rd to the recreation trail access point at the Sacramento River levee.

Our return leg of the skate was fast and smooth up on the levee. The excellent asphalt is interrupted only by the short segment of the marina loop road from the boat launch to the entrance road just off Broadway. Maybe one day, this road will be refinished and save us the wear and tear on our skates and bodies!

We finished the skate by taking “Dave’s Bridge” back across the freeway and took R St back to 3 rd; turned south for one block to arrive back at our start point. This was an 8 – 9 mile loop.

The weather was in the low 80’s with a light breeze – perfect conditions for skating. Bernie, Gus and I stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo’s. Even after discussing politics, the economic bail-out and the stock market we didn’t solve all of America’s issues in one hour – so we’ll just have to try again next week!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

September 29, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Elmira, Gus, Morgan, Rusty, Steve, Dan, and David pose at the Stockton and T Starbucks on the September 29, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

8 skate to Sacramento State College and back!

Eight skaters tonight: Dan from Vacaville, David, Elmira from Rio Vista, Gus, Morgan, Rusty, Steve, and I enjoyed great skating weather. This week we decided to skate to Sacramento State College, as Rusty suggested.

First we skated east on S Street. At 28th Street we skated south to T Street, where we continued east. After T crossed Stocton Boulevard, we stooped at Starbucks to take photos (See photo above on the left.).

After Starbucks we continued east to 59th Street. This part of T Street is very smooth and an enjoyable skate!

We skated north at 59th Street, crossing Folsom Boulevard to M Street, where we skated east to Elvas. We then entered Sacramento State College from the Elvas bike entrance.

At Sacramento Setae College most of us enjoyed a great skate down the parking lot. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We returned to downtown Sacramento by skating west on M Street. We also skated west on Capitol Avenue. Then after skting through the Capitol Grounds, we sktated south on 12th Street to S Street.

Soon we back at our 3rd and S starting point. This was a 12 to 14 mile skate. 5 of us enjoyed food, beverages, and converation at Vallejo's.

Bernie

September 22, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Brian, Gus, Rusty, and David pose on the Sacrmaneto Wayterfront Promenade on the September 22, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

8 skate American River Parkway loop!

Eight skaters tonight: Bernie, Rusty, Gus, Morgan, Jacob, Steve, Dave and I showed up to skate. Now all we had to do is pick a route. A quick discussion later and we were on our way to Discovery Park and a loop toward Del Paso Blvd.

Per a typical route, we skated 3rd St. to O St. and crossed over the freeway to the promenade on the Sacramento River levee (See photo above on the right.); continued north to Capitol Mall and the Tower Bridge; crossed over Capital into Old Sac. We continued north through Old Sac to the recreation trail access just north of the California Railroad Museum. This area is undergoing renovation and we had to walk our way through various areas of dirt, sand and rocks – just great for our skate bearings!

We took the rec trail north; regrouped at the water intake facility; continued to Discovery Park and crossed over the Discovery Park Bridge to the north side the river. We took the recreation trail east. A quick regrouping was done at a maintenance access road that is about a mile along the trail. The air temperature was warm and humid along the trail but with all the nighttime insects chirping the conditions were perfect for skating.

Steve and Jacob blazed ahead and were not to be seen when the group of six regrouped at the Northgate Blvd undercrossing. We continued on the trail to the retention basin area just east of Northgate, looped around the basin and regrouped again at Del Paso Blvd, where we found Steve waiting. Jacob was still not to be seen – he had actually looped back to Northgate and returned when he didn’t find us there – teenager energy!

Taking Del Paso west we skated up onto the 12th St Bridge; crossing back over the American River. At the recreation trail access point just over the river we took the Twin Rivers recreation trail back to Discovery Park and continued to reverse our path the get back to the start point at 3rd and S St. This was about an eight mile loop and a great skate. Five stayed for food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo’s.

So until next week…

Keep skatin’

Brian

September 15, 2008

Johnny Be Good
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Skating the Sacramento Waterrfront Promenade on the September 15, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Skating into Discovery Park - WHEEE! on the September 15, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

6 enjoy skate to Natomas Park and back!

6 skaters - David, Gus, Kathy, Rusty, Steve, and myself had fun skating tonight.

We decided to skate to Natomas Park and back. First we skated north on 3rd Street, then we skated west on O Street to Front Street, where we skated the Promenade into Old Sacramento. See photo and linked to YouTube movie above on the left. In Old Sacramento we skated north on 2nd Street and and west onto the American River Parkway.

On the American River Parkway, we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge. Skating down the bridge into Discovery Park is always fun. See photo and linked to YouTube movie above on the right. WHEEEE!!!!!

In Discovery Park we skated north to exit onto Garden Highway.  Fortunately, at this point, there is a multi-use trail parallel to Garden Highway.  We took this trail west (?) to Gateway Oaks Drive, were we skated north (?) to River Plaza Drive.  On River Plaza Drive we skated west (?) onto a Natomas Parkway trail, which took us to Natomas Business Park. On the way there we paused at a skate park, where most of our skaters did tricks.

At Natomas Park, after we rested, we returned on the same trail we skated to Natomas Park.  A good way back.

Returning the way we came, we were soon back at 3rd and S.    4 of us enjoyed food, beverages, service, and conversation at Vallejo's. I estimate that we skated 8 to 10 miles.  What a lot of fun - both skating and social fun!

Bernie

September 8, 2008

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Brian, Gus, and Kathy pose near the I Street Bridge on the September 8, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

4 skate American River Parkway loop, loking at burned areas!

Skating tonight was Bernie, Gus, Kathy and I. The weather was perfect for skating; the temperature was probably in the mid 80s with a light breeze blowing northward. A loop through Discovery Park to the 12th St. Bridge; to the recreation trail access at Del Paso Blvd. was chosen. We planned to continue on the rec trail toward CSUS and see a few of the areas damaged by the recent fires.

We took “Dave’s Bridge” to cross over the freeway; continued up Front St. to the Streetlight Museum up on the Sacramento River levee; skated northward on the promenade to the Tower Bridge and Capitol Mall.

We skated to the north side of Old Sac to access the rec trail and continued to Discovery Park. At Disco Park we took the newer rec trail on the south side of the American River, enjoying smooth skating except for occasional clusters of gravel. Crossing back to the north side of the river at the 12th St. Bridge, we regrouped at the Del Paso Blvd access point.

Gus was certain the burn areas were off the rec trail on the Cal Expo circuit so we would see how far we could explore in the waning dusk light. About a 1/4 mile down the trail we crossed through one burn area where the fire crossed over the trail to burn an extensive area.

Headlights soon appeared behind us. Great – were we about to be run over by renegade drivers on a twilight joy ride? Nothing quite so ominous - just a county park employee making a bathroom shut down run.

We continued on the trail; crossed under the Union Pacific train track trestle then had to make a decision: keep skating toward CSUS or Cal Expo or turn around and head back to 3rd and S? Twilight turning to night answered our question, checking for any other burn areas would be pretty futile at this time and we headed back; choosing to return by taking the north side of the American River.

Completing our loop, we got back to the start point around 9pm. Bernie and Gus stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo’s.

Until next week, keep skatin’

Brian

September 1, 2008

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Gus, David, and Rusty skate south on 11th Street on the September
  1, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

4 skate south for California Crocker Middle School, Land Park, Sacramento Zoo, Sacramento River Levee loop!

We had 4 skaters tonight: David, Gus, Rusty, and myself. Because of the wind, we decided to skate south, hoping the wind would be with us on our return (We were later disappointed by the wind, which reversed itself).

Fist we skated east on S, then we turned south on 12th Street, then we skated west to get on 11th Street, which has a bike lane. Skating south on 11thst Street (See photo above on the right.), we soon reached Broadway where we skated east to the Tower Theater.

After a marquee pause, we skated south on Land Park Drive to California Crocker Middle School. After playing on some smooth pavement, we skated south to Land Park.

After enjoying skating around in this beautiful park, we found ourselves at the Sacramento Zoo.

After a break wherein we killed and ate an orangutan, we skated west on Sutterville Road to the Sacramento River Levee.

Skating north on the levee is always pretty, but I was disappointed that the wind was not at our backs.

We continued north on the multi-purpose trail parallel to Front Street. After crossing the I5 Freeway on Dave's Bridge, we were back at our starting point, 3rd and S.

This was an 8 mile loop. Dave and Rusty went to a Pizza Parlor at 16th and P. Gus and I enjoyed some food, drink, service, and conversation at Vallejo's.

We were joined by Mark. He had come for the Monday Night Skate, but arrived about 7:15, after the group left. He saw us leave, but could never find us. He skated a route similar to ours, but it included the parking lot at Sacramento City College. Mark is taking graduate phys ices classes at the University of California at Merced. He is also teaching introductory physics classes. Soon he will be doing research on the membranes of cells

Bernie

August 25, 2008

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Crossing S Street on the August 25 Monday Night Skate.

9 skate a Sacramento State College loop, as suggested and partly led by Gordon!

We had nine skaters tonight: Bernie, Rusty, Dave, Steve, Kathy, Gus, Gordon, Amman (hopefully, I have the spelling right) and me, Brian.

A skate to CSUS was chosen - we skated east on S St. to 32nd St. turned south, skated to T St., turned east and skated to Stockton Blvd. After crossing Stockton Blvd. we regrouped at the Starbucks on the corner. Bernie snapped a photo or two here, we then continued east on T through the very nice neighborhood. At 39th St. T St. splits into separate direction lanes straddling a nice greenbelt area. The greenbelt continues until 44th St; the lanes rejoin; then split again at 49th St; greenbelt again until 53rd St. The asphalt surface on T St. is in good condition; the shade provided by the full tree canopy is great; the architecture is diverse, in short - the skate through this area is excellent.

At 59th St. we regrouped again then turned north to skate to Folsom Blvd. See photo that links to YouTube video above on the left. We crossed Folsom to 58th St. and continued to M St. Turning east on M took us to 62nd St. where connected with Elvas. We turned east on Elvas and skated to the CSUS access point.

We skated into the campus and continued over to the parking structure. A few intrepid souls took the elevator up to the top then skated down. The rest of us cooled out at the drinking fountain. Continuing through the campus to State University Drive; turning on Esplanade Drive we came out on J St thus starting the return leg of the skate.

J St. took us back to 58th St then M St. We turned west on M and skated to Alhambra where we cut over to Folsom Blvd/Capitol Ave.

We continued down Capital to the 9th St to 5th St area where our group splintered and we all meandered by various paths back to the start point at 3rd and S.

The conditions were perfect for the skate and this was by all accounts a great 13+ mile loop. Four of the group stayed for après-skate food and conversation at Vallejo’s. Until next week…

Keep skatin’

Brian

August 18, 2008

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Steve, Brian, Alice, Gus, Mark, and Jacob pose atop a Sacramento City College parking lot on the August 11, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

6 skate Northgate loop!

I was in New Engl;and, so I don't know the details.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

August 11, 2008

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Steve, Brian, Alice, Gus, Mark, and Jacob pose atop a Sacramento City College parking lot on the August 11, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

8 skate a Sacramento City College loop, as suggested and largely led by Brian!

We had a good group show up for the skate tonight: Gus, Bernie, Steve, Alice, Mark, Morgan and his son, Jacob, and I. We chose a loop to Sacramento City College by way of Curtis Park.

We went east on S St. to 24 th St. turned south to Broadway and jogged over to 26 th St. continuing through Curtis Park to 12 th St. We turned west continued over the railroad overcrossing to Hughes Stadium and Sac City College. We skated the parking structure then crossed through the campus to Freeport Blvd and the entrance to William Land Park.

We skated through William Land Park to Sutterville Road. Sutterville Road took us to the recreation trail entrance at the Sacramento River levee.

Turning north we skated quickly on the levee top trail. Amazing things do happen and two occurred during this leg of our skate – Steve was tripped up by a hidden tree twig and took a tumble, Steve is the guy who skates faster and better backwards while doing tricks than most people can skate going forward, he was up and rolling quickly with a slight road rash. Then coming down off the levee Bernie lost a front wheel on a skate and kissed the asphalt. His skate frame was bent and the wheel could not be replaced in the field. Fortunately, we were close to the finish of the skate so he stayed at Miller Park until Steve drove to pick him up.

Since this was Mark’s last skate with us for awhile – he is heading to UC Merced to pursue a Masters Degree in Physics, we all stayed to have food and laughs at Vallejo’s. It was a great skate with great people. So good luck to Mark!

Keep skatin’

Brian

August 4, 2008

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Skating onto a new (west side of river) American River Parkway trail on the August 4, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

9 skate the new American River Parkway and north toward Rio Linda, then return on old American River Parkway!

A quick update for 8/04 – skating on a warm afternoon was Bernie, Gordon, Steve, Mark, Dave, Rusty, Alice, Gus and I. We decided to skate the new branch of the American River Parkway. See photo that links to YouTube video above.

We took the trail north through Noralto, Del Paso, to the Rio Linda section of the trail. With a light breeze building into a strong wind we turned around and headed back into the wind-just like skating up a long, long hill!

We arrived back at the start point at 3 rd and S St. around 9:15 pm. Vallejo’s was already closed so the guys staying for food went to Uncle Vinnie’s for pizza. This was a great end to a 9 – 10 mile loop.

Until next week, keep skatin’

Brian

July 28, 2008

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Skating Into Discovery Park On the July 28, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Gus, Guy, Rusty, Steve, Mark, and David  pose near an entry point for the Natomas Parkway on the July
  28, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

7 enjoy skate to Natomas Park and back!

Seven skaters - David, Gus, Guy, Mark, Rusty, Steve, and myself had fun skating tonight. Mark is leaving for graduate school soon. He will have a party after the Monday Night Skate at Vallejo's on August 11, 2008.

We decided to skate to Natomas Park and back. First we skated north on 3rd Street, then we skated west on O Street to Front Street, which we skated north into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated north on 2nd Street and and west onto the American River Parkway.

On the American River Parkway, we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge. Skating down the bridge into Discovery Park is always fun. See photo and linked to YouTube movie above on the left. WHEEEE!!!!!

In Discovery Park we skated north to exit onto Garden Highway.  Fortunately, at this point, there is a multi-use trail parallel to Garden Highway.  We took this trail west (?) to Gateway Oaks Drive, were we skated north (?) to River Plaza Drive.  On River Plaza Drive we skated west (?) onto a Natomas Parkway trail (See photo above on the right.), which took us to Natomas Business Park.

After we rested, we returned on the same trail we skated to Natomas Park.  A good way back. On the way back we paused at a skate park, where skateboarders - and some of our skaters did tricks.

Returning the way we came, we were soon back at 3rd and S.    5 of us enjoyed food, beverages, service, and conversation at Vallejo's. I estimate that we slated 8 to 10 miles.  What a lot of fun - both skating and social fun!

Bernie

July 21, 2008

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Mark, David, Gordon. Gus, Rusty, and Alice pose at an entry point for the American River Parkway on the July 21, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

7 skate the American River Parkway!

Alice, Dave, Gordon, Gus, Mark, Rusty and I showed up tonight.  Alice and others suggested that we avoid traffic, so we decided to skate the American River Parkway to Sacramento State College.  

First we skated north on 3rd Street to O Street, where we skated west to Front Street.   On Front Street we skated north on the Promenade into Old Sacramento.

In Old Sacramento we skated north on 2nd Street, then west onto the American River Parkway.  See photo above on the left.

On the American River Parkway, we skated north.  Instead of entering Discovery Park at the Discovery Park Bridge, we took the new (east side) branch of the American River Parkway to the 12th Street Bridge.

At the 12th Street Bridge we skated south to Northgate and Del Paso Boulevard.  At this point, 6 skaters continued on the American River Parkway toward Sacramento State College and I skated home.  Rusty or somebody may email me the rest of the story, but I was feeling slow and tired, and I skated home.

Bernie

July 14, 2008

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Skaters skate across Jefferson Boulevard and south on Jeffersion Boulevard on the July 14 Monday Night SSkate.Skaters continue south on Jefferson Boulevard on the July 14, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

Kathy leads 11 skaters as they skate a new loop in West Sacramento!

We had eleven skaters tonight: Alice, David, Gordon, Gus, Jacob, Jeannie, Kathy, Mark, Rusty, Steve, and I .  We agreed to meet Kathy and her son Jacob at Raley Field, so they could get their helmets. 

When we met a t Raley Field, Kathy said that she had been in West Sacramento for many years, and that she could lead us on a West Sacramento Skate. 

graphic letter We agreed to follow Kathy.  Soon we were crossing Jefferson Boulevard and going south on Jefferson Boulevard.  See photo that links to YouTube video above on the left. 

We continued south on Jefferson Boulevard.  See photo that links to YouTube video above on the right. 

Skating across the Tower Bridge on the July 14, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

We skated on several other streets, but I don't remember the names now.  Eventually we returned north on Harbor Boulevard to West Capitol Ave., where we skated east.  Eventually we skated across the Tower Bridge back into Sacramento.  See photo that links to YouTube video on the right. 

Kathy kindly called me to let me know that our West Sacramento loop was 7.8 miles.   So I estimate we skated about 9 miles.

After this wonderful and different skate, 6 of enjoyed food, beverages, service, and conversation at Vallejo's.

Bernie

July 7, 2008

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Skating West on Broadway on the June 30	, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

Dave leads 7 skaters and 1 bike rider on unique downtown skate - east on Capitol Mall and J Street, returning west on Capitol, other streets, and S!

Dave, Gordon, Gus, Larry, Mark, Morgan, Rusty and I showed up tonight.  I rode my bicycle. We started on an American River Parkway skate.  Then Dave suggested that we do a downtown skate instead.  No new photos or movies this week.

Dave took over to lead us east on Capitol Mall.  Nearing the Capitol, we skated north to J Street, where we again skated east.  We skated around on a variety of downtown streets and sidewalks.

Coming back (west) on Capitol we met Mari Tonin, who started the Monday Night Skate.   Mari was looking good and said she might join us again on a Monday Night Skate.

After talking with Mari, we went to a 10 story parking lot where most of us enjoyed a great downhill ride.  WHEEEE!!!!!

Thanks, Dave, for an interesting downtown skate!  I estimate that we skated about 6 miles.  Riding a bicycle was much easier than skating, but not nearly as much fun or exercise.

Soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point, where 5 of us enjoyed food, beverages, and conversation.

Bernie

June 30, 2008

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Skating West on Broadway on the June 30	, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

16 skate south to the Marina, Sacramento River Levee, Land Park, California Crocker Middle School, and the Tower Theater!

The skating crew tonight consisted of: Bernie, Gordon, Guy, Morgan, Mark, Gus, Dave, Rusty, Dale, Mitchell, Alice, John, Steve, Brian, and a new skater Cathy (who hails from across the river, in West Sacramento). We were later joined by Jan, near William Land Park, for a total of fifteen. Sixteen freakin’ skaters out rollin’ in Sac; our largest group in recent memory! Jan previously skated with us on the August 1, 2005 MNS - welcome, Cathy and welcome back, Jan.

A southward loop was chosen so we started on 3rd St and continued to Broadway. Westward on Broadway (See photo that links to YouTube movie above on the right.) we skated into Miller Park. We continued along the perimeter sidewalk back to the east side of the marina. Up onto the recreation trail on the Sacramento River levee; to those who are new to the website, this is our “black ice highway”; the asphalt is smooth and fast. We made good time to the Sutterville Road access point, continued along the sinewy, serpentine, asphaltic surface to the La Rivage Hotel at Captain’s Table Road and Riverside Blvd.

graphic letter We regrouped on the river side of the hotel – this place has great views of the river, and the nice sidewalks make it a great skate. We skated northward on Riverside as it curved under I-5 changing to 25th Ave.; turning south on Euclid to 27th Ave.; east on Noonan to South Land Park Drive.

South Land Park Drive carried us up and over the few natural hills in Sacramento and snaked us over to Sutterville Road. We regrouped at the intersection and decided to continue the loop through William Land Park. As we approached the Zoo entrance on Land Park Drive we saw Jan skating into the park on 15th Ave.

We looped the park to connected to 18th St. and 17th St. We regrouped at California Middle School then continued north on Marty Way; connecting back to Land Park Drive in front of the Tower Theater.

We continued west on Broadway to Riverside/17th St.; took 17th north to S St. Turning west on S St. we completed the loop back at 3rd St.

The conditions were much improved from last week; the smokiness of the air was reduced and with a slight breeze blowing the conditions were excellent for our 8 to 9 mile loop.

Nine members of the group stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo’s. I had to leave early so I don’t know the topic(s) of discussion but certainly skating, physical fitness, politics, world economics, celebrity meltdowns, world travel and general oddities were probably discussed. All the solutions the world needs in one hour or less! Life just gets better all the time…

So, until next week – keep skatin’

Brian

June 23, 2008

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Mark, Rusty, Steve, and Morgan pause at the American River Parkway on the January 14, 2008, Monday Night Skate.

4 skate old and new American River Parkways!

We had 4 skaters tonight - Gus, Jeannie, Larry, and myself.  I believe that the smoke in the air kept us from having more skaters.  We decided to skate the American River Parkway.

First we skated north on 3rd Street to O Street.  On O Street we skated west to Front Street, where we regrouped.

We next skated north into Old Sacramento, and then onto the American River Parkway, where we also skated north.  We enjoyed an indirect route to the Parkway, skating down to it from the bridge that connects to the I Street Bridge.  WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter When we reached the Sacramento Water Intake Facility,some of us skated around it to enjoy it.  Then, after resting, we skated north again to the Discovery Park Bridge,

At The Discovery Park Bridge, we skated down into Discovery Park WHEEEE!!!!! and the old American River Parkway Trail. 

See photo that links to a YouTube movie of May 19, 2008 skaters entering Discovery Park above on the left .  On this trail we skated east, with pauses, to Del Paso Boulevard.

At Del Paso Boulevard, we skated south to the 12th Street Bridge.  From the 12th Street Bridge we turned west onto a new section of the American River Parkway (A branch that is south of the river, instead of north of it - like the old branch.).

After about two miles of smooth skating we were soon back at the Discovery Park Bridge.  We then skated the American River Parkway south into Old Sacramento, and very soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

Skating out on the old (north side) of the American River Parkway and skating back on the new (south side). I estimate that we skated about 10 miles.

Jeannie left, but Gus, Larry, and I stayed for food, beverages. amd conversation.

Bernie

June 16, 2008

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Gus, Rusty, Jeannie, and Dale pose at I5 construction on the June 16, 2008 Monday Night Skate.Skating a Bend in the American River Parkway on the June 16, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

11 skaters skate the American River Parkway to 20th and C, then return through Downtown Sacramento!

Bernie, Steve, Gus, Alice, Gordon, Dale, Jeannie, Mark, Dave, Rusty and I showed up to skate. The weather was warm but not sweltering and a light breeze was kicking up; all in all, great conditions. We chose a route through Discovery Park to the Jedadiah Smith Recreation Trail. To get to the recreation trail access on the Sacramento River levee we skated over to the O Street Bridge. We took a quick view of the Big Fix - the FixI-5 project on the south bound freeway lanes. Once again to our professional observations the project looks very good.  See photo above on the left.

Skating to the levee we regrouped at the “street lamp museum” then continued north to Old Sac, cruised through old town, turned back west just past the Train Museum, connected with the recreation trail, taking it north toward Discovery Park.   See photo that links to YouTube movie above on the right.  At the Sacramento Water Intake Facility we stopped to regroup, a few of the group took a quick circuit out and around the intake facility pump house.

At Discovery Park we skated to the recreation trail on the north bank of the American River. Eastward on the trail we took it to the Del Paso Blvd crossing. We continued on the trail branching to the west, thus taking us toward the 19th St. Bridge crossing. At C St. we swung east to 20th St.

20th St. took us through the restaurant/gallery row between L St. and N St. and with the smooth surface afforded by 20th St. we continued south to S St. Turning west on S we continued back to the start point at the parking lot at 3rd and S.

This was approximately an 8 mile loop. Once again, I had to skip hanging out with the group at Vallejo’s for good food and conversation. But I am sure they found solutions for all of society’s ill in less than an hour!

Until next week… keep skatin’!

Brian

June 9, 2008

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Skaters leaving 3rd & S with Honky Tonk music background on the June 9, 2008 Monday Night Skate.Mark, Jacob, Morgan (behind Guy), Guy, David, Gordon,
  and Bernie pose by Scott's Seafood on the Jube 9, 2008 Monday Night Skate.  Photo by Brian.

13 skaters loop south to California Crocker Middle School, Land Park, Sacramento Zoo, and Sacramento River Levee!

Thirteen skaters showed up to battle the mean streets of Sacramento; Bernie, Gus, Mitchell, Steve, Dale, Gordon, Guy, Rusty, Dave, Morgan and his son Jacob, Mark, and Brian. An old-school reunion of sorts – Steve, Dale, Dave, Rusty, Gordon, Bernie, and Mitchell have been doing the skate from “back in the day” when the inline craze was rolling strong in the early ‘90s.

Nostalgia aside, we chose to skate south on 11th St. to Broadway (as on April 15, 2008 skate) with a loop through William Land Park and return north on the Sacramento levee. The skate to Broadway was uneventful and after a subtle scattering at Riverside Blvd, with some of us continuing south and others turning east, we got coordinated and skated over to the Tower Theater.

graphic letter We regrouped at the theater, checked out some of the coming attractions then continued south on Land Park. At Vallejo, we cut over to California Middle School and skated the school’s quad area; this area has had a major renovation. What was once a cracked, heaved and bleak asphalt wasteland is now a pleasing grass bordered concrete patio with radial sidewalks and covered walkways. Needless to say, the surface is perfect for skating. We slalomed through the supports and walk ways then continued south to 17th St.

17 th St. brought us to the north side of William Land Park at 13th Ave. We continued south through the park on 18th St. to 15th Ave. Taking 15 th west we regrouped at the zoo entrance.

Restarting the skate we took Sutterville west to the Sacramento River levee. Since we had made good time a decision was made to go south to check out “La Rivage”, the hotel that has recently been constructed at Riverside and Captain’s Table Rd.

The hotel’s parking lot and river frontage sidewalks are new and provided a very good skating surface. We regrouped at their patio area adjacent to their river access docks; Steve struck up a conversation with some of the hotel guests. Bernie has eaten at hotel’s restaurant, “Scott's Seafood” and gives it high marks. See photo by Brian above on the right.

Getting rolling again north on the levee we made good time from when we left La Virage and got back the river access just off Sutterville Rd. The levee top recreation trail is part of our “black ice highway”. This is fairly new asphalt and it is smooth and fast. Steve, Mark and Dale took advantage of this and rocketed ahead of the rest of us to the lower Miller Park boat launch parking lot.

Our skate loop was completed by continuing north on the recreation trail to its connection with Front St., crossing I-5 on the O St. Bridge, turning south on 3rd St past the stately Crocker Art Museum, with all of us returning to the start point at 3rd and S St.

The conditions were perfect for skating and a group of ten stayed to have food and conversation at Vallejo’s – an excellent finish to an eight mile loop. Dale mentioned the “meet up” concept of web social networking. We will look into using it as a way to improve visibility to the Monday Night Skate. So, until next week…

Keep skatin’

Brian

June 2, 2008

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Gus and Larry look at I 5 construction on the June 2, 2008 Monday Night Skate.Skating Down a Hill in West Sacramento (to Gee)

Ten skaters look at I 5 construction and enjoy West Sacramento skate!

Gus, Bernie, Gordon, Dave, Alice, Rusty, Mark, Larry, Steve and I showed up for the June 2nd skate. Ten for the win!

With the I-5 Big Fix in action a few blocks from our start point we decided to skate over and take a look and then continue for a loop through West Sacramento.

graphic letter We skated over to “Dave’s Bridge” (the abandoned train bridge at R St.) only to find it has been completely fenced off; possibly, to keep looky-loos such as ourselves from inhabiting the bridge during the Big Fix. So we continued north to the O St Bridge and joined the other observers there - to our professionally trained eyes the work looks like it is progressing well.   See photo above on the left.  After about 10 minutes we continued on the skate to West Sacramento.

Crossing the Tower Bridge is a pleasure since the sidewalks have been widened. What used to be a narrow pathway where often we would have to squeeze to the side to allow pedestrians and bicyclist have the right-of-way, is now a beautifully smooth concrete surface at least 5 feet wide. This makes for plenty of room for two directions of traffic. Turning north on the west side of the river, we continued along West Sac’s River Walk promenade. The brick work on the promenade adds a little vibration to the skate - it’s good for the circulation!

We passed the ziggurat building and checked out the new glass and steel tower being constructed adjacent. Just past the construction, we took an access ramp (at E St?) down to street level and connected with 3rd St. Continuing north to C St. we regrouped at a new parking lot at the corner. Fresh smooth concrete!

Taking 3rd St. north past C proved to be a bad idea. The street has been repaved with a very rough chip seal surface that is horrendous on wheels. We turned 180 and went back to C St.; turned west and continued over to 5th St, taking it north to connect with Lighthouse Blvd.

Lighthouse Blvd has also been repaved in the last few years with a very rough surface, once again, probably great for car traction but terrible for skate wheel longevity. We got up on the sidewalk paralleling the street for a smoother ride. At “The Rivers” subdivision entrance gate we continued inside on Lighthouse to Fountain Dr. to skate the River Crest Dr., up on the levee. Finally - great skating surface! River Crest is one of the best streets for skating; low to no vehicle traffic; wide smooth asphalt; great view of river and it finishes with a slight downhill.   See photo and link to downhill movie above on the right.  At the corner bulb of River Crest, Bernie and others checked out the open lot available for purchase. All were in agreement - if Bernie purchases the lot and builds a house we will all come to visit. Here’s hoping for Bernie’s good fortune!

We skated south on River Crest to Westlake Dr. and back out of “Da Rivas” to Lighthouse Blvd.; turned west to connect to Kegle Dr. and skated north again. At Rogers we turned westerly; skated to Holland, turning north and connected with Carrie St.

Softball games were in fully swing at the park off Carrie as we got to the corner of Todhunter. A quick regrouping here and we continued south on Todhunter to connect with Sacramento Ave. We turned east on Sacramento Ave. to begin the final return leg of our loop. Sacramento Ave. connects back to C St. and we continued on C St. which connects to the I St. Bridge as it crosses over the Sacramento River.

We skated down off the I St. Bridge into the Amtrak Station. At 5th and I Streets, Bernie and Gordon did a little stair riding at the court building steps. We continued on to finish our skate with a meandering down 5th St. to Q St. We cut through the center sidewalk at the CalPers office building to get to R St. and our eventual finish back at 3rd and S.

The conditions were very nice for the skate; we covered about 10 miles. I had to call it an early night, Bernie and the others had plans to rendezvous at a restaurant other than Vallejo’s (they were closed for a kitchen remodel), so the après-skate details will have to be provided by one of the attendees!  (Bernie, Gus, Gordon, Mark, and Steve met at Ernest;s after the skate.).

Keep skatin’

Brian

May 26, 2008

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Five skaters skate new trail, Ninos Parkway!

Ninos Parkway sign on ElCamino on the May 26, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

Five skaters went out this Memorial Day:  David, Gus,  Rusty, Steve, and myself.  As suggested by me and accepted by many, we decided to revisit the new trail we found last week,

We first skated north on 3rd Street, west on O Street, and north on Front Street into Old Sacramento.

From Old Sacramento we skated onto the American River Parkway.  We skated north on the American River Parkway to the Sacramento Water Treatment Facility, then to the Discovery Park Bridge,

At the Discovery Park Bridge, we took the newer branch of the American River Parkway east two miles to the 12th Street Bridge, where we skated northeast on the 12th Street Bridge to Northgate Boulevard, where we skated north to Northfield Drive, west on Northfield Drive to Northview Drive, north on Northview Drive and Northey Drive to cross El Camino to the Los Ninos Parkway.  See photo above on the right.

graphic letter We next skated north on the Ninos Parkway. Steve and Rusty were concerned that it was late, and when we returned we would be skating into the wind. David joined with them and they returned at this point to 3rd and S.   Gus and I continued on this new trail until it ended at San Juan Road, then we too turned back.

Gus and I skated south on Ninos Parkway.   Then we skated on streets to Garden Highway, where we skated west, till we were able to get onto the original American River Parkway at about the 2 mile mark.

Skating the American River Parkway west we were soon back in Old Sacramento and then back to our 3rd and S starting point.

Gus estimated that we skated about 10 miles.  Vallejo's was closed, so Gus and I went home.

Bernie

May 19, 2008

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Gordon leads 11 skaters on 10 mile Natomas skate!

Skaters speed into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

Eleven skaters - Alice, David, Gus, Guy, Larry, Mark, Mollie, Morgan, Rusty, Scott, and myself skated tonight.  As suggested and led by Gordon, we skated a Natomas loop.

We first skated north on 3rd Street to O Street.  Then we skated east to Front Street. After regrouping we skated into Old Sacramento.

From Old Sacramento to we skated onto the American River Parkway.  On the Parkway we skated past the Sacramento water intake facility to the Discovery Park Bridge.  After regrouping, we skated down the Bridge into Discovery Park.  See photo and movie above on the left.  WHEEEE!!!!!

Once in Discovery Park, we skated east on the American River Parkway to Northgate Boulevard, where -after some confusion, we skated north over Garden Highway.   We then skated north and west toward Natomas.   One of the main streets we skated west on was Pebblewood.

Then we head back home on a Natomas trail.  Soon we were skating south into Discovery Park.

From Discovery Park we skated east and up the Discovery Park Bridge to the American River Parkway, which we skated into Old Sacramento.

graphic letter We skated south from Old Sacramento on several streets, including 3rd Street.  Very soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

Eight of us stayed for food, beverages, and conversation at Vallejo's after a great skate of about 10 miles.

Bernie

May 12, 2008

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10 skate to Sacramento State College and back!

Jacob. Rusty, Morgan, Mark, David, and Gus, pose near Old Sacramento on the American River Parkway on the April 21, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

Ten skaters - David, Gus, Guy, Larry, Mark, Mollie, Morgan, Rusty, Scott, and myself skated tonight.  As suggested, by Guy, we skated to Sac State via T Street and Elvas.

We skated our normal route; taking S St. to Alhambra and then jogging south to T St. prior to Stockton Blvd. T St. is very nice on the east side of Stockton and we move quite quickly to 59th St (See photo and movie above on the right.), where we turned north and crossed over Hwy 50.

Continuing on 59th St. we skated to Folsom Blvd near the Corti Bros. market and then skated 58th St. to M St. Turning east on M we made our connection to 62nd St., where we enjoyed some Halloween decorations.  See photo above on the right.  Nest we skated on 62nd Street to its corner with Elvas Blvd.  We next skated Elvas to the CSUS campus access arch and pathway.

The bike path on campus has recently been renovated so the surface is smooth and fast. We skated over to the parking garage.   Most of us enjoyed riding the elevator up and then skating down the this great parking lot.  WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We cut through the campus to the J St. entrance and skated back toward mid-town. After passing under Elvas we turned back onto 58th St. and skated south to M St.

We took M St. west to Alhambra and then connected with Capitol Blvd.

Soon we were back at 3rd and S. I estimate that we skated 12 to 14 miles. I believe Guy led much of the skate tonight. I had trouble keeping up. I am getting older and slower.

After the skate, Six of ten of us met at Vallejo's to enjoy food, beverage, and conversation.

Bernie

May 5, 2008

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Skaters skate out of the 3rd and S Parking Lot to start the  May 5, 2008 Monday Night Skate.John, Gus, Gordon, Jacob, Larry, Rusty, Steve, Morgan, Mark,
   and Mitch, pose near a sign at the Sacramento Zoo on
   the May 5, 2008 Monday Night Skate.  Idea by Gordon.

In biggest skate of year (11 skaters), 11 skate south for Land Park, Sacramento River Levee loop!

Eleven skaters, the largest group so far this year, had good exercise and fun tonight: Gordon, Gus, Jacob, John, Larry, Mark, Mitchell, Morgan, Rusty, Steve, and myself.   We decided to skate south for a change.  See photo and link to movie of our departure above on the left.

First we skated east on S Street, then we skated south on 19th Street, which becomes Freeport, to Sacramento City College.

Mitchell led much of the skate, but he kindly paused for regrouping and feedback from time to time.  At Sacramento City College, we looped through Land Park, ending up at the Sacramento Zoo,  See photo above on the right.  We left soon; sometimes they try to catch animals like us,

graphic letter We skated west from the Sacramento Zoo on a Sutterville Road path.  Soon we were on the Sacramento River Levee, where we skated north,

We continued north on Ramp Road and a path parallel to Front Street.  By 8:15 we were back at 3rd and S, after a 6 to 8 mile skate.

John left right away, but the remaining 10 of us celebrated Cinco de Mayo at Vallejo's.

Bernie

April 28, 2008

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7 skate American River Parkway loop!

Jacob. Rusty, Morgan, Mark, David, and Gus, pose near Old Sacramento on the American River Parkway on the April 21, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

Seven skaters including Gus, Jacob, Larry, Mark, Morgan, Rusty, and Steve decided to do an American River Parkway loop. 

They started by skating north on 3rd Street.   Then they skated through Old Sacramento onto the American River Parkway.  we immediately turned west to skate over Dave's Bridge to Front Street.  On Front Street we skated north into Old Sacramento, north on 2nd Street, then west onto the American River Parkway,  To get an idea, see photo above on the left (from week earlier}.

After skating the original American River Parkway from Old Sacramento and through Discovery Park, the skaters exited the Parkway near the Almond Growers to return  to 3rd and S through Downtown Sacramento.

After the skate all 7 skaters enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Vallejo's.

I missed this skate to go to a retirement party for Ray Tatar. I thank gus, Morgan, and Rusty for giving me this information.

Bernie

April 21, 2008

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7 skate American River Parkway, Richards Boulevard, 7th Street loop!

Jacob. Rusty, Morgan, Mark, David, and Gus, pose near Old Sacramento on the American River Parkway on the April 21, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

Seven skaters tonight - Gus, Jacob, Mark, Morgan, Steve, and myself.  We decided to do an American River Parkway loop.

We started by skating north on 3rd Street, then we immediately turned west to skate over Dave's Bridge to Front Street.  On Front Street we skated north into Old Sacramento, north on 2nd Street, then west onto the American River Parkway,  See photo above on the right.

We skated north on the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge.  We then skated down the Discovery Park Bridge into Discovery Park.  WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We next skated west on the multi-use American River Parkway to Del Paso Boulevard, taking a break along the way.

On Del Paso Boulevard we skated south to skate up and over the 12th Street Bridge to Richards Boulevard.   We skated west on Richards Boulevard to 7th Street, where we headed south into town.

On our way back to 3rd and S most of us skated down a wonderful parking lot. WHEEEE!!!!!

I estimate that we skated about 8 miles.

Six of us then enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo.s  What wonderful evening!

Bernie

April 15, 2008

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Six skate Land Park - Sacramento River Levee Loop!

Skaters skate around a corner, turning from S Street onto 11th Street.  Photo and link to YouTube video.

Six skaters tonight - Gordon, Gus, Mark, Morgan, Steve, and myself.  Because of wind (We want to come back with the wind.) and other variables, we decided to do a southern skate loop.

We started by skating east on S Street, then we turned south onto 11th Street. See photo which links to a 23 second YouTube video above on the left.

We soon skated south to Broadway, where we skated east to the Tower Theater.  After enjoying the marquis', we skated south on Land Park Boulevard to Vallejo, were se skated into the Crocker Middle School.

After molesting all the children, we headed south to and through Land Park, end9ing up at the Sacramento Zoo, where we fed some flamingos to the polar bear.

graphic letter We next skated west on a multi-use trail parallel to Sutterville Road to the Sacramento River Levee. where we skated north.   Sure is pretty by the Sacramento River!

From the Marina, we continued north parallel to the Sacramento River and Front Street.  Crossing east at Dave's Bridge, we were back at our 3rd and S starting point by 8:30.

We skated about an 8 mile loop tonight, and all of us stayed for food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's, where Norma and Lena took good care of us.

Bernie

April 7, 2008

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10 skate American River Parkway loop!

Gus, Mark, and Steve skate the Sacramento River Promenade on the March 31, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Eleven second YouTube video.

Ten skaters tonight; Bernie, Gordon, Rusty, Gus, Morgan, Jacob, Steve, Mark, Dave and I showed up, another good turnout. A medium length loop on the American River Recreation Trail (Jedidiah Smith Memorial Trail) was chosen and we got rolling a little after 7pm.

We crossed over I-5 using “Dave’s Bridge” and connected with Front St. and continued to the promenade on the Sacramento River levee; northward on the levee to 2nd St. into Old Sac. We continued through Old Sac, skated through a small area of construction at the intersection of 2nd and I St. - SMUD crews were out doing their thing; excavating and backfilling, etc. We reconnected with the recreation trail just north of Old Sac ( See photo which links to an 16 second YouTube video on the right. ) and skated the trail to Discovery Park.

The distinctive aroma of cannabis was in the air as we passed the derelict building that sits pinched between the river and Jibboom St.; the young man kicked back on the graffiti-covered remains was mellowing in the evening as we rolled past. Ahh! Weed or wheels? Both reduce stress, but we're getting our benefit on natural endorphins.

We crossed over the Discovery Park Bridge, cut through the parking lot and took the north side rec trail east. A quick regrouping was done at a maintenance access road that is about a mile along the trail.

At Northgate Blvd, we took the undercrossing and once again we passed through a cloud of cannabis , the young lady cooling her heels at the embankment was mellowing in the dimming light. Weed or wheels? We’ll take the wheels for a thousand, Alex….

graphic letter We continued on the trail to the retention basin area just east of Northgate, looped around the basin and regrouped again at Del Paso Blvd. Taking Del Paso west we skated up onto the 12th St Bridge; crossing back over the American River. At the recreation trail access point just over the river we regrouped. It was noticed the signage calls this section of the trail the “Two Rivers Trail”. Formerly, wasn’t this section called the “Ueda Parkway Trail”? Additionally, there is only one river in this area, the American River.

Where is the other river? Are we still in Sacramento? Were we experiencing a Twilight Zone moment – hadn’t we skated here before? Of course, a discussion ensued – is the naming in reference to the trail paralleling the American River and its connection to the Sacramento River? Maybe it is called “Two Rivers” because there are two banks and relative to the side of the river you are on a different river could be experienced. Hmmmmm... Some of us cared and most didn’t so we skated onward. I took a quick check of the August 6, 2007 skate and confirmed my suspicions on the renaming of the trail.

I took a look at the Sacramento City Department of Parks and Recreation website and believe the county may have formerly had the wrong signs in the wrong place as the Ueda Parkway contains the Twin Rivers section –

http://www.cityofsacramento.org/parksandrecreation/parks/sites/ueda_parkway.htm

At least I now know the correct pronunciation of Ueda!

Back to the skate – we regrouped at Discovery Park and continued to reverse our path to get back to the start point at 3rd and S St. This was about an eight mile loop and a great skate. A group of us (8) stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo’s.

So until next week…

Keep skatin’

Brian

March 31, 2008

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4 skate new West Sacramento loop!

Gus, Mark, and Steve skate the Sacramento River Promenade on the March 31, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Eleven second YouTube video.

Despite perfect weather and daylight lasting until about 7:40, we only had 4 skaters tonight - Gus, Mark, Steve, and myself.  As suggested by Mark, we did a West Sacramento skate, because we had not skated this route for a long time.

We left at 7:13. The first thing we did was skate west over "Dave's Bridge". Then we skated north to and west over the Tower Bridge onto the Promenade on the north side of the Sacramento River. See photo which links to an 11 second YouTube video on the left.

Mark led most of our West Sacramento skating, and he did it well.  I am not sure of the route we took. Some streets were very rough, and some were delightfully smooth. I remember Carrie, which is rough, and Riverbank Drive, which is smooth and nice and which we usually don't skate.

Coming back into Sacramento, we took the I Street Bridge.  What a climb!  Then we skated down into the Amtrak Station.  WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We skated south from the Amtrak Station, returning to our 3rd and S starting location.  Steve led us at this point, giving us several fun skating things to do in his footsteps. 

The skaters estimated that this was about an 8 mile loop.  All of us stayed for food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's.   After we solved all of the world's problems, we went joyfully home.

Bernie

March 24, 2008

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Steve, Mollie, Rusty, Morgan, and Gus, pause near the Tower Bridge on the March 24, 2008 Monday Night Skate.Bernie, Morgan, Mollie, Jacob, Steve, Gordon, Gus, and Mark rest at Ernesto's after  the March 24, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Photo by waiter.

In biggest skate of year (10 skaters), 10 skate to Natomas Business Park and back!

Ten skaters, the largest group so far this year, had good exercise and fun tonight: David, Gordon, Gus, Jacob, Mark, Mollie, Morgan, Rusty, Steve, and myself.   I was glad to see Mollie and Gordon return to our group.  We decided to skate to Natomas Park.

First we skated north on 3rd Street, then we skated west over I5 on "Dave's Bridge".  We rested near the Tower Bridge.  See photo above on the left.  After heading north, we were soon in Old Sacramento.  Then, after skating north from 2nd Street, we were on the American River Parkway.

graphic letter We skated north on the Parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge.  Skating north down the bridge is always exciting. WHEEEE!!!!!

In Discovery Park we skated north to exit onto Garden Highway.  Fortunately, at this point, there is a multi-use trail parallel to Garden Highway.  We took this trail west (?) to Gateway Oaks Drive, were we skated north (?) to River Plaza Drive.  On River Plaza Drive we skated west (?) onto a Natomas Parkway trail, which took us to Natomas Business Park,

After we rested, Gordon led us back.  We skated a street or 2, but then soon we were back on the trail we skated to Natomas Park.  A good way back.

Returning the way we came, we were soon back t 3rd and S.  But not soon enough,  Vallejo's was closed; it was 9:00 p.m. Except for David and Rusty, we ere able to regroup at Ernestos's.   See photo above on the right.  I estimate that we slated 8 to 10 miles.  What a lot of fun - both skating and social fun!

Bernie

March 17, 2008

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6 skate Sacramento City College, Land Park, Sacramento River Levee loop!

Christian, Rusty, Brian, Bernie, Gus, and John pose near the 3rd and S Parking Lot before the March 17, 2008, Monday Night Skate.  Photo by Trinidad.

Joining the Monday Night Skate, 3/17, was Bernie, Gus, Rusty, Dave, John, Christian, and I.  See photo on the right.  Hopefully, I got the spelling right for Christian’s name – apologies if I didn’t. This was his first skate with us and John is an old timer returning for more madness. We almost had one more skater joining us – Trinidad, one of Bernie’s college professors came out to try out her skating legs after a few years off the wheels. She had about one hour of wheel time with her new skates and chose to continue practicing in the parking lot rather than brave the downtown streets with us. Maybe in the coming weeks she will join the group for a little street fun.  Kudos to Trinidad for putting safety first, especially, since she is starting fresh on skates, she had full pads, helmet and a reflective vest. As the Monday Night Skate is a skate at your own risk activity we can’t mandate the equipment you wear but we do encourage the use of safety gear; full pads, helmets, lights and reflective clothing for safe night skating.

We chose a skate to Sacramento City College by way of Curtis Park with a return through Land Park and returning on the Sacramento River levee.

With the time change we are benefiting with more remaining daylight at the start of the skate. This is a big plus and we will continue to get an increase into the summer months. So all you who are sitting and wishing you were out skating, come on out – starting the skate in daylight is great.

We took off east of S St. and continued to 24th St and turned south. I wanted to swing by the house I was calling the “fish house”. More correctly, I should call this the “dragon house”. Check it out if you are ever in the area of 3rd Ave and 22nd St. The exterior tile work and etched glass are amazing, the front yard topiary and landscaping are exquisite. This house is one of many signature houses in this area. I need to do some research to get its back story…

While five of us checked out this house, Bernie and Gus took a different route and bypassed our location.

We later regrouped at Sutterville Road after skating through Curtis Park.

graphic letter We climbed the Sutterville “hill”, the railroad overcrossing, and skated into the City College south parking lot. The new parking structure was calling to us and we responded. This concrete edifice shimmering in its glow of sodium vapor lighting was calling us – ‘skate me’, ‘skate me’. We were helplessly drawn by its siren song and by either elevator or skating the parking levels we all reached the top floor. After checking out the sights, we all skated down the hills of City College. The concrete surfaces have a light brush swirl finish and are fast and secure for skating. Spring break and classes out left the structure empty of but a handfull of vehicles. WHEEEE!!!!!

We left the parking structure and continued into the campus; grabbed a drink of water in the quad and then exited on the Freeport Blvd side. Crossing Freeport, we continued through William Land Park and regrouped at the zoo entrance on Land Park Drive.

A quick skate around the zoo got us to the recreation trail access at Sutterville Road and the I-5 on/off ramps. Christian and John put on their speed wheels and cooked it north – the rest of us caught up with them at the south Miller Park boat launch. As I have mentioned before, this section of the recreation trail is a gem; the asphalt is smooth and fast; the view of the Sacramento River is hypnotic under bright moonlight. Just avoid the skunks!

We came down off the levee into the south boat launch parking lot and battled the bone-jarring, ‘chiclet’ asphalt of the parking lot. This parking lot is the complete opposite of the smooth surface on the levee.

From the boat launch parking lot we continued north on Miller Park Dr., through its upper parking lot and skated the short section of recreation trail that skirts between the Sacramento River and Front St. The trail connects to Front St. at “Dave’s Bridge”, the abandoned train bridge over I-5. We took DB to get back to our start point at 3rd and S.

This was about an eight mile loop and made for a great skate. Bobbie and Bernie stayed for food at Vallejo’s; the rest of us had to call it an early evening. So until next week…

Keep skatin’

Brian

March 10, 2008

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Steve, Rusty, Gus, and David pose atop the Sacramento State Parking Lot on the March 10, 2008, Monday Night Skate.

6 skate to Sacramento State College - and back!

Bernie, Steve, Gus, Dave, Mark, Rusty, and I showed up for the first skate this year that would take advantage of daylight savings time; a CSUS run was chosen and we got started around 7:15 pm.

We took off on S St., skating to Alhambra and then turning south to T St. prior to Stockton Blvd. We cooled our wheels at the T-Stockton corner waiting on the crossing light; then continued eastward. T St. has a pretty good skating surface on the east side of Stockton; we made good time to 59th St, where we turned north and crossed over Hwy 50.

Continuing on 59th St. we skated to Folsom Blvd near the Corti Bros. market and then skated 58th St. to M St. We wanted to keep our return time close to 8:30 to 8:45 (to get back before Vallejo’s closing time); at this point we had been out for half our allowable time for a easy return to the start point and would have to make a decision on starting a return loop or continuing to CSUS.

Bernie made the call – skate on! Our route continued east on M and we made our connection to 62nd St. at the corner of Elvas Blvd.; taking Elvas to the CSUS campus access arch and pathway.

The bike path on campus has recently been renovated so the surface is smooth and fast. We skated over to the parking garage. Mark and I cooled our wheels at the base of the parking structure; the rest of the guys took a ride on the elevator to the top (See photo above on the left.) to catch a little downhill skating.   WHEEEE!!!!!

We cut through the campus to the J St. entrance and skated back toward mid-town. After passing under Elvas we turned back onto 58th St. and skated south to M St. We took M St. west to Alhambra and then connected with Capitol Blvd.

Somewhere around Capitol and 21st the group got separated so I don’t know the route the main group took to finish the skate; Bernie and I meandered to R St and continued over to the finish. Finish time was just a little before 9 pm.

Bobbie joined Bernie, Steve, Mark, Gus for food and conversation. I didn't stay after the skate but I am sure the conversation covered politics, world economics, high end physics, with high-def television thrown in good measure.

This was a great skate – 13 miles with great skate conditions. So until next week…

Keep skatin’

Brian

March 3, 2008

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Morgan, David, Rusty, and Gus pose on the Front Street Promenade on the February 25, 2008, Monday Night Skate.

No new pictures, but 6 skate to Natomas area and back!

I’ll have to rely on my long-term memory for the update for last week’s Monday Night Skate.  Here goes: Bernie, Gus, Rusty, Dave, Mark and I showed up to skate and the conditions were perfect. The temperatures were in the 60’s, a slight breeze with clear skies. A skate to the Natomas area was chosen with a plan to get to the business park that is just off I-80.

As we were trying to make sure we finished the skate in time before Vallejo’s kitchen closed we had to skate per timed loops. We would skate out half the time available and then turn around, thus assuring we would get be at the right time. 38 minutes to skate; our time starts now!

The route tonight took us over “Dave’s Bridge” (the abandoned railroad bridge that crosses over I-5. We turned north and continued on the promenade on Sacramento River levee. We skated the promenade to Capitol and continued into Old Sac. A quick skate on 2 nd St. and we got on The American River Parkway just north of the Rail Museum. We took this recreation trail north; with a pass through Discovery Park to connect with Garden Hwy.

Turning west we skated the recreation trail that runs parallel to Garden Hwy.  At Gateway Oaks Drive we crossed Garden Highway and continued north to River Plaza Drive.  We regrouped at an access point to the Main Drainage Canal recreation trail at the end of River Plaza.

graphic letter We skated the Natomas recreation trail toward a Natomas business park.  When we arrived at the West El Camino Ave. crossing a decision had to be made.  We had skated half of our allowable time and it was time to start the skate back.  Bernie, Rusty, Dave and I decided to start the skate back.  Mark and Gus were feeling fresh and energetic and decided they would go all the way to the business park and meet us at Vallejo’s

The “Gang of Four” made quick time getting back to our starting point; arriving around 8:30 pm. Gus and Mark showed up not long after. They were really moving.

This was a great nine mile skate. We were joined by Bernie’s girlfriend, Bobbie, at Vallejo’s. So until next week…

Keep skatin’

Brian

February 25, 2008

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Morgan, David, Rusty, and Gus pose on the Front Street Promenade on the February 25, 2008, Monday Night Skate.

5 skate American River Parkway and downtown Sacramento!

As I explained in an email to the Sacramento Skating Email Group, I am in a play (The Middle Class Aristocrat) at California Stage ( http://www.calstage.org/ ).  Because of rehearsals, starting February 11, I will miss several Monday Night Skates.

Tonight we had a break in rehearsing, and I was able to join the Monday Night Skate.  David, Gus, Morgan, Rusty and I were there at 3rd and S to skate.  Gus has just retired, and can now skate more regularly.

Since the skate went south last week, we decided to do the American River Parkway.  First we headed north on 3rd Street.  Then we headed west over the "Dave" Bridge to Front Street.  See photo above on the left. 

Skating north on the Front Street Promenade, we were soon in Old Sacramento.  Skating north on 2nd Street and, then east, we were soon on the American River Parkway.

graphic letter We next skated north on the American River Parkway to the water intake facility.  We then continued north to the Discovery park Bridge.

At the Discovery Park Bridge, we skated east on the new trail, which is on the south side of the river, to the 12th Street Bridge.

At the 12th Street Bridge, we skated south to Richards Boulevard, where we skated west to 7th Street.

At 7th Street we skated south back into downtown Sacramento.  Downtown some of us skated down 2 parking lots.  WHEEEE!!!!!

Soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.  David had to go, but the rest of us, and Bobbie, my girlfriend, stayed at Vallejo's for food, beverages, and conversation. 

One of the conversation subjects was exercise.  Morgan read a study of 2 groups of seniors.  One group had vigorous aerobic exercise (like skating), and the other had less strenuous exercise, like stretching.  At the end of the study, the group that did the aerobic exercise was significantly healthier.   Gus pointed out that exercise also reduces cholesterol.

Keep rolling al you can!

Bernie

February 18, 2008

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Joe, Mark, David, and Rusty, enjoy the view from a downtown parking lot on the February 4, 2008, Monday Night Skate.

5 skate south on Sacramento River Levee, and to Land Park, and to other places!

As I explained in an email to the Sacramento Skating Email Group, I am in a play at California Stage ( http://www.calstage.org/ ).  Because of rehearsals, starting February 11, I will miss several Monday Night Skates.

Fortunately Gus reported to me, so I know something about this Monday Night Skate.  There were about 5 skaters, including Elmira, Gus, Larry, and Steve.  They skated south on the Sacramento River Levee.

They also went to Land Park and other places.  About 8 miles total distance.

Bernie

February 11, 2008

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Joe, Mark, David, and Rusty, enjoy the view from a downtown parking lot on the February 4, 2008, Monday Night Skate.

8 to 9 skaters skate to East Portal Park and back!

As I explained in an email to the Sacramento Skating Email Group, I am in a play at California Stage ( http://www.calstage.org/ ).  Because of rehearsals, starting February 11, I will miss several Monday Night Skates.

Fortunately I met Morgan dowtown and he told me there were 8 to 9 skaters on the February 11 Monday Night Skate.

As I understand Morgan's information, the skate went east on M Street to East Portal Park and back.

graphic letter We should have a great year.  8 or 9 skaters is very good for this early in the skating season.

Bernie

February 4, 2008

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Joe, Mark, David, and Rusty, enjoy the view from a downtown parking lot on the February 4, 2008, Monday Night Skate.

5 skaters enjoy both the American River Parkway and 2 downtown parking lots!

David, Joe, a new skater who found us on the Internet, Mark, Rusty, and myself skated tonight.  After discussion, we decided to skate both the American River Parkway and some downtown parking lots. Mark helped us formulate this consensus compromise.

First we skated north on 3rd Street to Q Street.  On Q Street, we skated west over the Bridge (Dave's Bridge) onto Front Street.

From Front Street we skated north into Old Sacramento.  From Old Sacramento we skated onto the American River Parkway.

graphic letter We skated north on the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge.  At that point, we told the new branch of the American River Parkway east to the 12th Street Bridge.

At the 12th Street Bridge, we skated north to the American River Parkway, which we skated to its exit near 22nd Street and C Streets.

We next head to 14th and H Streets.  You can skate up a parking lot, and ride the elevator down.  We didn't do it that way.   ;-) See photo above on the right.   WHEEEE!!!!!

We continued to 10th and I for another WHEEEE!!!!!

Soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.  I estimate that we skated about 8 miles.  Elevator rides don't count. ;- (   With Bobbie, my girlfriend, we had 5 at Vallejo's for food beverages, and conversation.   We all enjoyed the skate.  Tonight one of our main conversations was sports - the Super Bowl, the 49ers, the Raiders, steroids, ....

Bernie

Janaury 28, 2008

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Dave, Rusty, Gus, Brian, and Mark pose on Front Street on the January 28, 2008, Monday Night Skate.

6 . skaters prudently shorten their Natomas skate!

Bernie, Rusty, Mark, Gus, Dave and I showed up to skate, and we were presented with cool breezeless night with clear skies freshly washed by the recent rain.

A skate out to the Natomas business park off I-5 and West El Camino was suggested and agreed on, and we got rolling around 7:15; first, by heading north past the Crocker Museum, then turning northwest to the Sacramento River levee to the promenade sidewalk. See photo above on the left.

We continued north into Old Sacramento to connect to the recreation trail; skating to Discovery Park; crossed over the American River and crossed the park to its Garden Highway entrance. Turning west, we took the recreation trail that parallels the highway.

At Gateway Oaks Dr. we regrouped. Though we had great intentions of skating the full 8 + mile loop to the business park, by the time we regrouped we had used up almost 38 minutes of our allowed 75 minute skate time. Either we would have to change the distance we would skate, phenomenally increase our skating speed or miss the kitchen close time at Vallejo’s later. I was not feeling the turbos in the legs and was open and waiting for a chance to shorten the skate . Bernie was really jonesin' for a longer skate…

Gateway Oaks drops down off the levee and we caught a little coasting benefit on the short downhill and quickly turned west at River Plaza Drive. This street runs parallel to the Garden Highway, taking us to our planned destination: the recreation trail that runs along the Main Drainage Canal that courses north through this area.

At the trail access point we regrouped again and this was a crucial decision point – if we continued to the business park we would miss out on eating at our normal après-skate digs. If we turned back now, we would comfortably make it back to eat and have to live with our bruised egos, carrying the shame of quitters on us. Now, as I mentioned, I was not feeling irrational exuberance in my legs and someone mentioned we had not skated the new trail addition that appeared to wrap around the new construction in this area. It seemed to be heading in a direction back toward our starting point so that was all the opportunity I needed to second any motion to shorten the skate. Plus we weren't just shortening the skate, we were exploring new territory! Mark and I took the lead and the others followed.

The new trail runs roughly along the base of the Garden Highway levee and looped back southeast to Sutter Health buildings in a business park whose name I have now forgotten. Everything was looking good; we were making good time on the trail when the trail ended. Yep. From blacktop to nature preserve in the blink of an eye. So, we hoofed it across a wet, sometimes muddy field to get to the parking lot of the aforementioned, un-nameable business park and continued on our return loop.

Coming out of the parking lot at this business park, I turned to my left and proceeded to lead the group until Bernie whistled to signal for me to hold and turn around. Luckily, the other five guys have a better sense of direction because I was skating back on Gateway Oaks the same way we had just come; endless loops make me smile!

Continuing to skate in the proper reverse direction we got back to our original connection point at Garden Highway. Taking the rec trail we skated back to Discovery Park; our return path continued through Old Sac.

To finish, we continued down 2nd St. to the abandoned train over-crossing bridge to take us over I-5 and back to our start point at 3 rd and S St. Dave originally gave us the word on the train bridge so, we are strongly considering calling this “Dave’s Bridge” or some other name in his honor.

This would have been an eight mile loop but with course change, we only put in about six miles. But a fun six miles it was. Four of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo’s; we were joined by Bernie’s girlfriend, Bobbie. So until next week…

Keep skatin’

Brian

January 21, 2008

musical note Surfing USA
(66K midi, 2 minutes & 25 seconds play)


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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000.

Tonight we were rained out.

When I stepped out of my downtown house at 7:00 p.m. 99% of the street and sidewalk pavement was wet, and there was a heavily overccast sky.  A good night for slipping and sliding, but not for skating.

Bernie

Janaury 14, 2008

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Mark, Rusty, Steve, and Morgan pause at the American River Parkway on the January 14, 2008, Monday Night Skate.

5 skate old and new American River Parkways!

We had 5 skaters tonight - Mark, Morgan, Rusty, Steve, and myself. We decided to skate the American River Parkway, which we had not done for some time.

First we skated north on 3rd Street to O Street.  On O Street we skated west to Front Street, where we regrouped.

We next skated north into Old Sacramento, and then onto the American River Parkway, where we also skated north.  See photo above on the left.  Humidity was about 90% and the American River Parkway was foggy tonight.

graphic letter When we reached the Sacramento Water Intake Facility, we skated around it to enjoy it.  Then, after resting, we skated north again to the Discovery Park Bridge,

At The Discovery Park Bridge, we skated down into Discovery Park WHEEEE!!!!! and the old American River Parkway Trail.  On this trail we skated east, with pauses, to Del Paso Boulevard.

At Del Paso Boulevard, we skated south to the 12th Street Bridge.  From the 12th Street Bridge we turned west onto a new section of the American River Parkway (A branch that is south of the river, instead of north of it - like the old branch.).

After about two miles of smooth skating we were soon back at the Discovery Park Bridge.  We then skated the American River Parkway south into Old Sacramento, and very soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

Skating out on the old (north side) of the American River Parkway and skating back on the new (south side). I estimate that we skated about 10 miles.

Morgan and Rusty left, but Mark, Steve, and I stayed a t Vallejo's, where Bobbie joined us.

Bernie

January 7, 2008

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


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Skating through hoops of Christmas lights on S Street on the December 10, 2007 Monday Night Skate.David, Rusty, and Morgan pose at the Tower Theater on the January 7, 2008, Monday Night Skate.

4 skate new route south for the first skate of 2008!

We had 4 skaters tonight: David, Morgan, Rusty and myself.  We discussed various options, decided to skate south.  We planned to skate south on Land Park, through Land Park to the zoo, and west to the Sacramento River Levee for our skate north and home.  That's the way I understood the plan.

We left late, about 7:15.  First we skated east on S Street to 11th Street, where we skated south.  When we crossed Broadway, Dave continued south on 11th Street, which had become Riverside.  We followed him.  We continued skating south on Riverside Boulevard, which was smooth, and without much traffic, to Sutterville Road.  Here, instead of skating home on the Sacramento River Levee, we decided to skate east.

Skating east there were lots of leaves and debris, just like in much of Sacramento.  I had the excitement of skating into a blown down bush that I did not see in time.  A brush with difficulty.  :- )  We continued east to the Sacramento Zoo.  Then we skated into and around in Land Park.

graphic letter We exited Land Park toward its north end.  We then went north on 18th and 17th Streets to the Crocker California Middle School, where we stooped to enjoy the baby smooth pavement Brian found for us several years ago. 

Next we skated north on Marty to the Tower Theater where we enjoyed some marquee browsing and film discussion.  See photo above on the right. 

graphic letter We next skated west on Broadway, north on 11th, and west on S and we arrived at Vallejo's at 8:40, early enough to eat, drink, and enjoy conversation.  All four of us stayed, and Bobbie, my girlfriend, joined us.  Great fellowship after a great 8 mile skate.  

Bernie

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