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Updated January 2, 2014.

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2013 Monday Night Skates (Leaving 3rd & S at 7:00 p.m.)

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Date Information As of 07/01/2013: Monday Night Skate leaves a few minutes after 7:00 p.m.
December 30, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

End of 2013 River Gambol

Graphic link to a My Tracks Google map of the 12/30/2013 Monday Night Skate and boat ride. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian and Tsvi at Tsvi's Boat on the December 30, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Whitney and Tsvi driving Tavi's Boat to Old Sacramento on the December 30, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new detailed narrative by Brian. A new Google Map, and 2 new photos by Bernie:

Above: 1: Graphic link to a My Tracks Google map of the 12/30/2013 Monday Night Skate and boat ride. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian and Tsvi at Tsvi's Boat on the December 30, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Whitney and Tsvi driving Tavi's Boat to Old Sacramento on the December 30, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

Rolling the last skate of 2013 was Tsvi, Bernie and I. We had a simple plan of skating north and either going to Bernie's house on Garden Hwy or to Tsvi's boat (docked off the Garden Hwy) and riding aboard the boat back south to Sacramento where Tsvi would tie up and prepare for the New Year celebration(s).

graphic letter We started our skate westward on S St to 3 rd with a turn to the north; at R St we turned west and crossed "Dave's Bridge" to connect to the Sacramento Promenade. The Prom took us north into Old Sac where we skated Neashan Circle, Old 2 nd St and Old J St to connect to the recreation trail.

graphic letter We skated the rec trail north to the Jibboom St Bridge; crossed into Discovery Park; transited the park via Natomas Park Dr to its connection with Garden Hwy. West on GH, we skated to the intersection of Gateway Oaks Dr where we continued north to River Plaza Dr where we turned west.

graphic letter We meandered through the Main Drainage Canal Nature Area and emerged at West River Dr. At the intersection of West River and Shorebird Drive we skated south on Shorebird to the sump pump station at the foot of the Garden Hwy levee. We skated the maintenance road to rise up to the Garden Hwy and skated GH to the entrance to the marina where Tsvi has his boat moored.

graphic letter We carefully negotiated the marina paths and ramps with our skates on - yeah, safety would dictate the skates should come off  but we were hard-headed and foolish enough to side-step our way along the cobble paths and the marina ramps to get to Tsvi's boat. We climbed aboard the boat and with assistance from Tsvi's neighbor and friend, Whitney, we got under power and headed south on the river.

Tsvi carefully piloted his boat along the river to avoid the tree snags and flotsam - Bernie and I enjoyed the beautiful views of the river bank lights and the city lights of Sacramento and the Tower Bridge. Just south of the Delta King, Tsvi docked his boat and we tied up to secure his boat near his friends' boats. They were now ready to enjoy the New Year's celebrations - party on, Garth!

Bernie stayed with Tsvi to hang out with the party animals. I had to get going since I had to work the following day. So I hiked up the marina ramps and put my skates on just off Front St. I skated back south along the Promenade; crossed Dave's Bridge over I-5 and soon was back at the start point.

Final stats: 10+ miles of adventure; about 6 miles via skates, 4 by boat; perfect weather, cool, clear skies with no wind.

Back at 3rd and S, around 8:30 p.m. I had a great chicken taco and chips. So, as documented in my Google Map, I enjoyed a 4.9 skate by myself. I hoped that next Monday more skaters will join me and get me to skate more.

Happy New Year for 2014!

Brian

graphic letter Wonderful aerobic exercise and social fun!  Join us!

December 23, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Third Xmas Light Skate of 2013!

Graphic link to a documented My Tracks Google map of the 12/23/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of a Zamboni at the 7th St. Rink as seen on the December 23, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new detailed narrative a new Google Map, and a new photo:

Above: 1: Graphic link to a documented My Tracks Google map of the 12/23/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of a Zamboni at the 7th St. Rink as seen on the December 23, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

I was the only one who skated tonight. No one else showed up. I skated to get some exercise, have some fun, and some fun.

First I skated to and through Old Sacramento. I was disappointed; not many Christmas Lights.

Then, I skated, mainly on K Street, east to and around the State Capitol. Near the West Steps I beheld quite a Christmas tree.

I next headed west on Capitol back toward my 3rd and S starting point.

Back at 3rd and S, around 8:30 p.m. I had a great chicken taco and chips. So, as documented in my Google Map, I enjoyed a 4.9 skate by myself. I hoped that next Monday more skaters will join me and get me to skate more.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

graphic letter Wonderful aerobic exercise and social fun!  Join us!

December 16, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Second Xmas Light Skate of 2013

Graphic link to a documented My Tracks Google map of the 12/16/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a YouTuve video of the December 16, 2013 Christmas Lights Skate, a Monday Night Skate devoted to Sacramento Christmas Lights.  A 43 second movie by 4 skaters. Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new detailed narrative by Brian. A new Google Map, and a new YouTube video:

Above: 1: Graphic link to a documented My Tracks Google map of the 12/16/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a YouTube video of the December 16, 2013 Christmas Lights Skate, a Monday Night Skate devoted to Sacramento Christmas Lights. A 43 second movie by 4 skaters. 3: Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

Bernie, Tsvi, Morgan, Jacob (Morgan's son back to visit - he's attending CalPoly studying Physics in Slovenia!!!) and I showed up to roll the second Xmas Light Skate of 2013. Our planned route would take us to the State Christmas Tree at the west steps of the Capitol Building and then extend out to the Fab 40's area of East Sac.

graphic letter We started our skate on S Street with a short spit down to 4th St where we turned north and skated one block to R St; east on R to 7th St with a northern leg taking us to Capitol Mall where we turned east and skated to the west side steps of the Capitol Building. The State Christmas Tree was in full illumination with many groups of people around enjoying its splendor.

After a few minutes were taken to grab a photo or video or two we continued our skate north on 10th St with a plan to loop around Capitol Park and go east on Capitol Blvd to its intersection with Alhambra Blvd where we would connect with L St and meander through the residential area to connect with M St and take M St into the heart of the Fab 40's. This great plan was not to be due to the fact the group left the lead skating to me (Brian) and I forgot to turn south at the corner of 15th and L. I skated north on 15th and didn't recognize my error until we got to J St. The group was wonderfully understanding and just rolled with the punches as we corrected course and took 20th St south. We made a little detour at L St and skated a couple blocks back west to visit a friend of Morgan who lives in a beautiful bungalow in heart of Mid-town. She was not home at the time so we continued our skate along 18th St and our eventual connection with Capitol Blvd.

At Capitol Blvd we skated east to its crossing of Alhambra and name change to Folsom Blvd; zig-zagging through the neighborhood we connected with M and skated to the first street of our adventure: 40 th St. The residents of the block north of M have really put on the lights and splendor and mid-block on this street, one gentleman has put together quite a scene with a tribute to the movie "Christmas Story" and also thrown in his own homage to "Christmas Future". Awesome lights and amazing effort has been put into the display(s).

graphic letter We continued our skate by turning east on J and skating down to 42rd St and skating under the wonderful overhead canopy of lights that span the street from J to M. With the cold, crisp air temperatures, shimmering lights overhead and wrapping the trees, the only thing missing from our skate was a coating of snow to make it a winter wonderland. We skated one block east on M then turned south on 43rd St to enjoy the light on this street.

To finish the skate we reversed our path when we connected to Folsom Blvd and skated west. Folsom turns to Capitol and Capitol brought us back to the east side of Capital Park at 15th St. We skated south on 15th to R St and skated west on R to 9th St where we turned to the south and to S St and took S west all the way back to our start point mid-block 3rd and 4th Sts.

Bernie and I finished the skate with a little apres-skate food, drinks and conversation at Del Taco at Alhambra and K St - yoohoo~!

The final numbers: 8.9 miles of easy urban skating and a thousand lights and priceless fun.

Keep skatin'

Brian

graphic letter Wonderful aerobic exercise and social fun!  Join us!

December 9, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

First Xmas Light Skate of 2013

 Graphic link to a detailed, documented Google map by Brian of the 12/09/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Shutterfly Album of Brian and Morgan looking at Christmas lights on the December 9, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new detailed Google Map and a new narrative by Brian. One new photograph:

Above: 1: Graphic link to a detailed, documented Google map by Brian of the 12/09/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Shutterfly Album of Brian and Morgan looking at Christmas lights on the December 9, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

Bernie, Morgan and I showed up to roll the first Xmas Light of 2013 and a route to the "50's" lights was chosen.

Bernie and Morgan started skating before yours truly with a fairly standard path eastward on S St to its tee connection with 34th St where they turned south for two blocks with a turn back east at T St. They crossed Stockton and entered the beautiful Elmhurst neighborhood.

I met up with them as they were skating through the beautiful lighting displays along S St between 53rd St and 55th St. After a few loops through this area we skated back to T St and skated west to its intersection with 48th St where we skated north to the house just to the south-side of the freeway over-crossing. This display is quite extensive and worth checking out if in the area.

graphic letter We continued the skate by heading north on 48th to its crossing with Folsom; we continued north to the intersection of J St. A short jaunt west on J was taken to 46th St where we skated south to M St. Many wonderful lighting displays were observed in the "40's" and we plan to skate this area more extensively in the coming weeks...

To finish the skate, we continued on M to the corner of 35th St where we skated north to L St and we skated west to its connection with Alhambra where we skated south to Folsom Blvd; westward on Folsom brought us to the perimeter of Capitol Park at 15th St. At this corner, Morgan broke off to the north to skate to his office building and his bicycle. He would finish up his evening physical activity with an eleven mile ride home. Awesome human-powered transportation!

Bernie and I continued south on 15th St where we skated to P St and turned west and we continued to 9th St. On 9th St we skated to R St where we skated west to 4th St and our finishing with the final skate on 4 th to S and a return to the start point mid-block 3rd  and 4th.

Bernie and I packed our gear and drove across mid/downtown to KFC at the corner of Capitol Ave and Alhambra; we enjoyed a little apres-skate food and conversation.

The final numbers: 9.8 + miles of easy urban skating and a thousand lights and priceless fun.

Keep skatin'

Brian

graphic letter Wonderful aerobic exercise and social fun!  Join us!

December 2, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate for 12/02/2013:
Tsvi and Bernie skate West Sacramento

Graphic link to a Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of most of the 12/02/2013 Monday Night Skate. He turned My Tracks on late. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Bernie, Brian, Amon, and Tsvi taking a break at the Rubicon on the October 7, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Photo by helpful waitress. Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

I am having computer problems, so no new photos yet. Just a Google Map and a brief narrative:

Above: 1: Graphic link to a Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of most of the 12/02/2013 Monday Night Skate. He turned My Tracks on late. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Bernie, Brian, Amon, and Tsvi taking a break at the Rubicon on the October 7, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Photo by helpful waitress. 3: Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

To avoid vehicle traffic, Tsvi and I decided to skate to West Sacramento.

graphic letter We skated west over Dave's Bridge onto the Riverfront Promenade. We enjoyed the view of the Sacramento River and we went over the Tower Bridge into West Sacramento. As soon as we got over the Tower Bridge, we headed south along the Sacramento River. When the trail stopped going south, we skated west and north to skate around Raley Field.

Much of Raley field property access was blocked by a fence, but we still enjoyed the smooth pavement, good lighting, and lack of vehicles, as we skated around near Raley Field.

Next we skated north on 3rd Street. Then we skated some ROUGH pavement past Broderick Boat Launch. After a while we got on Fountain Drive and through a gate onto a street near River Crest Drive. Then we skated uphill to River Crest Drive. I believe we we on the other side of the Sacramento River from the Virgin Sturgeon.

Then, homeward bound, we coasted downhill on West Lake Road to Lighthouse Drive, which took us to 5th Street. Skating south on 5th Street and 3rd Streets we reached and skated River Walk Park. Skating south from River Walk Park, we reached and crossed the Tower Bridge back into town.

Back at 3rd and S at about 9:30, we decided to go to Ernesto's for some rice and beans. Great food and conversation after a great aerobic workout! And, beans to help us skate faster!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

graphic letter Wonderful aerobic exercise and social fun!  Join us!

November 25, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate for 11/25/2013

Graphic link to a Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of most of the 10/07/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Bernie, Brian, Amon, and Tsvi taking a break at the Rubicon on the October 7, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Photo by helpful waitress. Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

I don;t know about this Monday Night Skate; I was in Dallas at a Coalition on Political Assassinations convention Coalition on Political Assassinations - President Kennedy and our democracy were murdered November 22, 1963 (50 years ago).

Above: 1: Graphic link to a Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the last half of the 09/30/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Bernie, Brian, Amon, and Tsvi taking a break at the Rubicon on the October 7, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Photo by helpful waitress. 3: Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

Keep rolling alll you can!

Bernie

graphic letter Wonderful aerobic exercise and social fun!  Join us!

November 18, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Trio Takes South Route Along The River

Monday Night Skate 11/18/2013

Graphic link to a Sports Tracker map by Victor of the 11/11/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a commented Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the 11/11/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of water art in North Sacramento, as seen on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Victor, Tsvi, and Brian pausing for discussion on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian's light on the left, Tsvi in the middle, Victor on the right skating the Sacramento River Parkway on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

No new photos or maps, a narrative by Brian:

Above: 1: Graphic link to a Sports Tracker map by Victor of the 11/11/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a commented Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the 11/11/2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of water art in North Sacramento, as seen on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Victor, Tsvi, and Brian pausing for discussion on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 5: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian's light on the left, Tsvi in the middle, Victor on the right skating the Sacramento River Parkway on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie, Tsvi and I chose a skate south along the Sacramento River levee - the plan was to avoid major vehicle traffic and also catch a little of a tailwind for the return leg of the skate.

graphic letter We skated west on S St to 3rd St, turned north for the short block to R St where we continued our trek west; at the Sacramento River levee we turned south and skated the smooth Promenade to its connection to the south leg of the recreation trail. At the crossing of Broadway/Miller Park Drive we skated west to the entrance of the marina then continued south to the wooden overlook of the north basin of the marina. The overlook is showing signs of aging and disrepair (kind of like us :-) ) - broken planks and dry rot are evident on many parts of the structure. A lady was putting out food for the feral cats as we skated up onto the platform and a few of the critters scurried away. They and the resident skunks would soon be back...

graphic letter We skated the perimeter sidewalk of the marina and at the eastern entrance, we continued on the cracked and cratered Miller Park Drive to the southern parking lot (another asphaltic nightmare). After grinding our wheels through all the potholes and exposed, loose aggregate of the road and parking lot we skated up onto the levee and the extension of the recreation trail.

The recreation trail is smooth and allowed us to make quick time. Soon we were at the Sutterville Road access point where we continued south to the former "Rivage" hotel - now a Westin establishment. We skated past Scotts Seafood and parked ourselves at the beautiful fire pits that overlook the river. Though the wind was kicking up we found the adirondack chairs to be quite comfortable. A photo or two was taken - with the lighting from the fire and the reflectivity of our skate gear a serviceable picture may have come out of the endeavor!

graphic letter We started our return leg with a reverse of the outgoing with a cut eastward at Sutterville Road which we took to Land Park Drive and a crossing of William Land Park via 15th Ave to Park Rd. to 18th St to 17th and a cut through California Middle School; connecting to Marty Way then Broadway (a short stop was made at the Tower Theater) then the final length covered our connection from Broadway to 11th/Riverside north to S St where we skated west back to our start point mid-block between 3rd and 4th Streets.

Final numbers: ~ 8 miles of 50/50 recreation trail and street, slightly windy and cool but not miserable.

graphic letter We packed our gear and headed over to KFC at Alhambra and Capitol for their Monday Night $3 meal deal - a little grease to oil the after-skate conversation!

Excellent exercise, fun, food and conversation.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

graphic letter Wonderful aerobic exercise and social fun!  Join us!

November 11, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Gang 'O Four Rolls SacTown

Monday Night Skate 11/11/2013

Graphic link to a Sports Tracker map by Victor of the 11/11/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a commented Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the 11/11/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of water art in North Sacramento, as seen on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Victor, Tsvi, and Brian pausing for discussion on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian's light on the left, Tsvi in the middle, Victor on the right skating the Sacramento River Parkway on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

Two new maps (one by Victor), three new photos, one new narrative (by Brian):

Above: 1: Graphic link to a Sports Tracker map by Victor of the 11/11/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a commented Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the 11/11/2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of water art in North Sacramento, as seen on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Victor, Tsvi, and Brian pausing for discussion on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 5: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian's light on the left, Tsvi in the middle, Victor on the right skating the Sacramento River Parkway on the November 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

Link to YouTube video by Tsvi of Bernie rollerblading on ice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP3VfCZm-ZQ

Bernie, Tsvi and I were joined for the skate by Victor, a skater from the early days of the skate. I'm talking about the mid 90's and the days of the skate rolling out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with 50 to 100 skaters. Crazy days! Welcome back to the skate, Victor.

graphic letter We chose a roll to the north side of town with a planned stop at the Downtown Ice Rink at K and 7th. So we started rolling east on S with a turn north on 4th; at 4th we turned east on R. At 7th we skated north to the downtown plaza and glided to the perimeter of the rink.

The ice rink had a lively crowd circling the icy surface and seemed to be enjoying the pop tunes playing on the PA. Victor and I positioned ourselves along the exterior fence as Bernie and Tsvi skated into the rink proper. No, they aren't going out on the ice. No, they aren't going to do that... Yes, they are! Now either the staff at the rink were super accommodating or totally astounded as Victor and I were in that they didn't stop Bernie or Tsvi. Bernie even circled the rink! Inline skates don't work well an surface with compromised friction e.g. water and algae, but here Bernie and Tsvi are rolling on ice. Bold move, gentlemen!

After the little adventure at the rink we continued north to I St where we turned west; skated through the Amtrak station. We cut through the station parking lot to connect to the inclined sidewalk off the Jibboom St Bridge ramp that provides access into Old Sac.

Into Old Sac we skated through old I St to the recreation trail access point. Unfortunately, this is the ugliest part of our skate; sand, rocks, railroad tracks obstruct our access but we just rolled through it all. On the rec trail we skated north to Discovery Park where we took the Twin Rivers Trail on the south bank of the American River.

Half the distance along the trail, we skated into the North 5th St business park. We skated around the fountain water feature that anchors the business park. Then we continued back up onto the rec trail to its connection to 12th St. We crossed over the 12th St Bridge; cut through a short maintenance road to get onto the Del Paso section of the recreation trail. We skated north and turned west heading back toward Discovery Park.

Our return leg of the skate was a reverse of the out-going route with a little variation with us skating along the Sac River Promenade and crossing "Dave's Bridge" to R St and 3rd St.

graphic letter We packed our gear and headed over to Denny's at Richards Blvd and Bannon St for food and conversation. I'll let Bernie's My Tracks map document the route in detail - in a nutshell: 10.7 miles, light breeze, mild temps - perfect skating weather.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

graphic letter Wonderful aerobic exercise and social fun!  Join us!

November 4, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate 11/4/2013 - Dynamic, Dauntless Duo Dutifully Dispatches 'Der' Destiny

Graphic link to a commented Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the 11/04/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the 2020 Building in Natomas Park, as seen on the November 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian fixing his skates in Natomas Park on the November 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian by under freeway light art - under freeway on Richards Boulevard, as seen on the November 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

One new map, three new photos, one new narrative:

Bernie and I showed up to skate and the conditions were nearly perfect - light breeze from the north, temperature in the 70's. Bernie suggested a skate out to the north side of town to the Natomas Gateway Business Park. Among its highlights, this business park has an amazingly smooth and expansive parking lot and it also happens to be the home of the KVIE studio. So we got our gear on and got rolling around 7:15 pm.

Above: 1: Graphic link to a commented Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the 11/04/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the 2020 Building in Natomas Park, as seen on the November 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian fixing his skates in Natomas Park on the November 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian by under freeway light art - under freeway on Richards Boulevard, as seen on the November 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

I realized as I was strapping on my skates and pads I had left my helmet light at home - skating at night in city streets is hazardous enough - now I didn't have a light! Not to be undone by this situation, I dug around in my car and found a couple of LED flashlights that had a little life in their batteries. Anemic illumination is better than none! So with a strip of packing tape (also found in my car) I taped the smaller flashlight to my helmet and carried the other in my hand. Bernie had his blazing helmet light so he and I would be able to work this thing out...:

graphic letter We skated west on S to 3rd Street where we skated north one block to R and turned west to cross over I-5 on the vaunted "Dave's Bridge". The DB took us over to the Sac River Promenade and we continued north along the river; past the hotels and marinas and the quiet quaintness of Old Sac to our recreation trail connection on the backside of the California Railroad Museum. Actually, we aren't on the backside of the museum but it is the closest landmark I can think of.

Regardless of the location, Bernie and I continued our skate northward on the recreation trail and at Discovery Park we crossed over the American River via the old green Jibboom St. Bridge. We cut through Disco Park to its north perimeter, crossed Garden Hwy on Natomas Park Dr. Natomas Park more or less empties into the business park and we skated through on its smooth asphaltic surfaces to where the parking lot borders I-5 and the I-5 West El Camino offramps. We veered north/northeast and skated past the "2020" building and stopped at the KVIE studio.

graphic letter We left from the business park and I, being confused at this point not realizing we were significantly offset from the driveway that we had used to enter the business park, led Bernie out east along West El Camino Dr and then north on Azevedo Dr all the while thinking I was going toward Natomas Park Dr.

graphic letter We continued north on Azevedo until we connected with San Juan Road and made our turn back toward downtown. Though my misdirection increased the length of the skate, the roads we were skating on all have great surfaces and wide bike lanes. Since we had a slight north wind we benefited with the turn on Azevedo and the tailwind push let us move at a decent pace. We reversed our outgoing path along Natomas Park through Discovery Park but after we crossed back over the American River we continued on Jibboom St to Richards Blvd and skated east.

graphic letter We paused momentarily at the "art in public places" textured concrete abutment walls in the I-5 under-crossing then continued along Richards to its connection with North 7th St. At North 7th we skated south toward the glowing shimmer (glimmer?) of Downtown.

graphic letter We skated through the heart of Downtown and just south of N St we cut through the Plaza Towers apartment complex to connect with 5th St at O. A the tee of 5th and P St we skated west to the corner of P and 4th where we turned south for the final leg of the skate.

graphic letter We finished back at the start on S St. Bernie and I packed our gear and headed over to Willies at 16th and Broadway for a little apres-skate food and conversation.

Let's do the numbers: 11.7 miles, light breeze from the north, no injuries, no regrets...

I'll let Bernie's MyTracks map document the skate - ahhh, the wonders of technology!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

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October 28, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Bernie, Morgan, Tsvi skate American River Parkway, 7th Street Loop!

Graphic link to a commented Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of most of the 10/28/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Morgan and Tsvi pausing on the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade on the October 28, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to  water art flowing south toward Sacramento, as seen on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Mermaid swimming, as seen in Dive Bar (1016 K Street in Sacramento, CA ) on February 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

One new map, one new photo, one new narrative:

Morgan, Tsvi I and I met to skate on 10/28. We all wanted to skate by a river and away from traffic.

Above: 1: Graphic link to a commented Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of most of the 10/28/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Morgan and Tsvi pausing on the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade on the October 28, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to water art flowing south toward Sacramento, as seen on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Mermaid swimming, as seen in Dive Bar (1016 K Street in Sacramento, CA ) on February 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We chose the American River with its beautiful skate-able American River Parkway. We first skated west on S St to 3rd St, turned north and skated to O Street. Skating west on O Street, we soon reached the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade.

After we were on the beautiful Riverfront Promenade and a smooth trail we could skate north by the Sacramento River to Old Sacramento, our access to the American River Parkway. On our way to Old Sacramento and the American River Parkway,we paused for a photo. See Graphic above link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Morgan and Tsvi pausing on the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade on the October 28, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

Shortly after we reached the American River Parkway, I remembered to turn on My Tracks to map tonight's skate. On the American River Parkway, we skated north, passing the Sacramento Water Intake Facility on our way to the Discovery Park Bridge. At the Discovery Park Bridge, we decided to skate right onto the newer (south side of the American River) trail, as we skated east.

After we skated about a mile on this smooth trail, we turned south into some new development, found by Morgan on an earlier skate. We had a lot of fun skating on the traffic-free smooth pavement and cobblestones here. We also enjoyed the water art. Above: 3: Graphic link to water art flowing south toward Sacramento, as seen on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

After enjoying this skating, we returned to Downtown on 7th Street.

Skating west on S, we were soon back at our 3rd and S starting point. Morgan left for home. Tsvi and I went to Denny's before going home. Another fabulous (7 miles approximately) skate! And food and conversation!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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October 21, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Amon, Bernie, and Morgan skate West Sacramento loop!

Graphic link to a commented Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the last half of the 10/21/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Amon and Tsvi atop the parking lot near Tower Bridge on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to  water art flowing south toward Sacramento, as seen on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Mermaid swimming, as seen in Dive Bar (1016 K Street in Sacramento, CA ) on February 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

No new photos, or videos. Just my partial map and narrative:

Amon, Morgan and I and skated tonight. We decided to skate on both sides of the Sacramento River, around Raley Field, and in West Sacramento.

Above: 1: Graphic link to a Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the last half of the 10/21/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Amon and Tsvi atop the parking lot near Tower Bridge on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to water art flowing south toward Sacramento, as seen on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a commented Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the last half of the 10/21/2013 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We started by skating north on 3rd Street and west on R Street across Dave's Bridge to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. We skated north on this Promenade to the Tower Bridge. We crossed the Tower Bridge on its south side.

In West Sacramento, we skated south as soon as we crossed the Tower Bridge. Now we were again skating by the Sacramento River, but were on the opposite side of the River, going the opposite direction, as we were on the Promenade. We skated south until this trail ended, then we followed it west to 5th Street. On 5th Street, we skated north to West Capitol Avenue, where we skated west into West Sacramento. At this point I remembered to turn on My Tracks to make tonight's map.

graphic letter We skated West Capitol Avenue until we reached Jefferson Boulevard, where we skated north to Sacramento Avenue. On Sacramento Avenue we started back toward our Sacramento 3rd and S starting point. When we reached 5th Street, we turned south, skating until we were crossing the Tower Bridge, homeward bound!

After we crossed the Tower Bridge and skated south on the Riverfront Promenade, we skated west on O Street and south on 3rd Street, to go around Dave's Bridge, and by the Crocker Museum.

graphic letter We were back at 3rd and S a little after 8:30 pm. Morgan and Amon had busy schedules tomorrow and left. We skated 7 or 8 miles. Good exercise and some conversation.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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October 14, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Amon, Bernie, Tsvi skate American River Parkway, 7th Street Loop!

Graphic link to a commented Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the 10/14/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Amon and Tsvi atop the parking lot near Tower Bridge on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to  water art flowing south toward Sacramento, as seen on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Mermaid swimming, as seen in Dive Bar (1016 K Street in Sacramento, CA ) on February 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Amon, Tsvi I and I met to skate on 10/14. We all wanted to skate by a river and away from traffic.

Above: 1: Graphic link to a Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the 10/14/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Amon and Tsvi atop the parking lot near Tower Bridge on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to water art flowing south toward Sacramento, as seen on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Mermaid swimming, as seen in Dive Bar (1016 K Street in Sacramento, CA ) on February 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We chose the American River with its beautiful skate-able American River Parkway. We first skated west on S St to 3rd St, turned north and skated to R Street. Skating west on R Street, we soon skated over "Dave's Bridge", our commonly used crossing over the I-5 canyon.

After we crossed Dave's Bridge, we were on the beautiful Riverfront Promenade and a smooth trail we could skate north by the Sacramento River to Old Sacramento, our access to the American River Parkway. On our way to the American River Parkway, we used an elevator to go up the parking lot near the Tower Bridge. A private security guard interfered with us after we were atop the parking lot. See above: 2 Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Amon and Tsvi atop the parking lot near Tower Bridge on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

After we reached the American River Parkway, we skated north, passing the Sacramento Water Intake Facility on our way to the Discovery Park Bridge. At the Discovery Park Bridge, we decided to skate right onto the newer (south side of the American River) trail, as we skated east.

After we skated about a mile on this smooth trail, we turned south into some new development, found by Morgan on an earlier skate. We had a lot of fun skating on the traffic-free smooth pavement and cobblestones here. We also enjoyed the water art. Above: 3: Graphic link to water art flowing south toward Sacramento, as seen on the October 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

After enjoying this skating, we returned to Downtown on 7th Street.

At K Street we turned east. As we skated K Street, we stopped in the Dive Bar. No mermaids tonight, but click on 4th graphic link above to see a mermaid swimming in the Dive Bar. Our plan was to skate east to 19th Street, then we could skate south to S Street and a Raman Restaurant Amon wanted to go to.

graphic letter We followed our plan. Soon we were in a Raman Restaurant on S Street, and Amon was speaking fluent Japanese to a friendly waitress. We had some great food, conversation, and drink (water). We didn't solve all of the world's problems, but we felt like we did!

Skating west on S, we were soon back at our 3rd and S starting point. Another fabulous (8.3 miles) skate!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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October 7, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate for 10/7/2013

Graphic link to a Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of most of the 10/07/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Bernie, Brian, Amon, and Tsvi taking a break at the Rubicon on the October 7, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Photo by helpful waitress. Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

Tsvi, Amon, Bernie and I met up to skate on 10/7. Amon suggested an all downtown loop and this became our plan for an unplanned skate.

Above: 1: Graphic link to a Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the last half of the 09/30/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Bernie, Brian, Amon, and Tsvi taking a break at the Rubicon on the October 7, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Photo by helpful waitress. 3: Graphic link to a Principles of Effective Living Flash website by Bernard E. Scoville. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We started east on S and turned north on 4th and skated to R St where we turned back east to skate to the corner of 7th St. At 7th we turned north. We cruised up 7th, past the skeletal remains of Downtown Plaza to J St where we turned east and skated to 10th St.

At 10 th we looped through and around Cesar Chavez Plaza Park then skated east on I St to explore various features of a multi-level vehicular repository. After ensuring all inclined surfaces of the repository were in working order we skated east on I St to 12th St and turned south for one block to reconnect with J St.

graphic letter We skated J to mid-block 15th and 16th streets and stopped at the steps of the beautiful Memorial Auditorium. Bernie did a little stair riding then we continued to meander the streets; east on J to 16th; 16th north to H; H west to 14th; 14th south to I with a quick cut east on I to 15th.

At 15th street we continued our skate south; stair-stepping our way along K St to 17th to L to 18th to Capitol where we skated to the Rubicon Brewing Co. for a mid-skate meal break. Bernie reminisced about the early days of the Monday Night Skate and the Rubicon was the meeting place. The food and service are just as good now as they were back then. We stuck with food and soft drinks - we didn't want to get to wild on our wheels! Check out the Rubicon's specifications: The Rubicon . Above: 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Bernie, Brian, Amon, and Tsvi taking a break at the Rubicon on the October 7, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Photo by helpful waitress.

After leaving the Rubicon we continued the skate; heading west on Capitol; turning south on 19th and continuing south to S St where we realigned our directional orientation to the west and skated back to the start point at 3rd St.

Let us do the numbers:
Courtesy of Bernie's My Tracks app (and a little filler by me) the mileage: 6.8 miles
Weather conditions: mild temperatures, no wind to speak of
Four skaters started; four skaters returned.
Great food and conversation at Rubicon Brewing.
Priceless!

Keep skatin'

Brian

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September 30, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Morgan and Bernie skate American River Parkway, 7th Street Loop!

Graphic link to a Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the last half of the 09/30/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a YouTube video with Amon, Brian, Steve, Tsvi, and I (Bernie) meeting and skating in on the September 16, 2013 Monday Night Skate. We skated on Capitol Mall and other places in the night and we met afterwards at Vallejo's. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus rideing his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new narrative by me (Bernie), half a new Google Map by me, and no new photos or videos:

Morgan and I skated tonight. Morgan suggested we skate by a river. Since we skated the Sacramento last week, we chose the American River with its beautiful skateable American River Parkway. We first skated west on S St to 3rd St, turned north and skated to R Street. Skating west on R Street, we soon skated over "Dave's Bridge", our commonly used crossing over the I-5 canyon.

Above: 1: Graphic link to a Google map by Bernie with his Android My Tracks of the last half of the 09/30/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a YouTube video with Amon, Brian, Steve, Tsvi, and I (Bernie) meeting and skating on the September 16, 2013 Monday Night Skate. We skated on Capitol Mall and other places in the night and we met afterwards at Vallejo's. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus riding his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

After we crossed Dave's Bridge, we were on the beautiful Riverfront Promenade and a smooth trail we could skate north by the Sacramento River to Old Sacramento, our access to the American River Parkway.

After we reached the American River Parkway, we skated north, passing the Sacramento Water Intake Facility on our way to the Discovery Park Bridge. At the Discovery Park Bridge, we decided to skate right onto the newer (south side of the American River) trail, as we skated east.

After we skated about a mile on this smooth trail, we turned south into some new development. Soon I remembered to turn on my Smart-phone My Track application. From here on, you can see where we skated in our Google Map (Link is up above.). Soon we skated south on 7th Street back into Downtown.

Near 10th and G, Morgan peeled off to ride his bicycle home. On my way back to 3rd and S, I skated the parking lot at 8th and I (the best!). WHEEEE!!!!!

At 3rd and S (Vallejo's), I enjoyed an enchilada and a taco. Another fine night. I estimate we skated about 8 miles. Great aerobic exercise, conversation, and food!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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September 23, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

4 skate south by the Sacramento River to Le Rivage, return on Riverside Boulevard!

Graphic link to a Google map by Steve with his Android My Tracks of the 09/23/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a YouTube video with Amon, Brian, Steve, Tsvi, and I (Bernie) meeting and skating in on the September 16, 2013 Monday Night Skate. We skated on Capitol Mall and other places in the night and we met afterwards at Vallejo's. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus rideing his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new narrative by me (Bernie), a new Google Map by Steve, and no new photos or videos:

Gordon, Steve, Tsvi, and I skated. We wanted to skate by a river, and we decided to skate south by the Sacramento River. We first skated west on S St to 3rd St, turned north and skated to R Street. Skating west on R Street, we soon skated over "Dave's Bridge", our commonly used crossing over the I-5 canyon.

Above: 1: Graphic link to a Google map by Steve with his Android My Tracks of the 09/23/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a YouTube video with Amon, Brian, Steve, Tsvi, and I (Bernie) meeting and skating on the September 16, 2013 Monday Night Skate. We skated on Capitol Mall and other places in the night and we met afterwards at Vallejo's. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus riding his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

After we crossed Dave's Bridge, we were on the beautiful Riverfront Promenade and a smooth trail we could skate south by the Sacramento River to the Sacramento Marina.

After we reached Broadway, we skated west to Miller Park Drive. On Miller Park Drive, we skated around the marina and continued skating south until we passed a launch site, and we were then able to skate up to and upon a levee by the Sacramento River.

graphic letter When we continued south on the levee, we were in skater paradise. Smooth pavement with a good view of the Sacramento River for miles. After we passed Suttervile Road, we voted and decided to continue south to Le Rivage - hotel, dock, Scott's Seafood Restaurant. We sat down by an outside fireplace there for a little while, then we left.

Gordon led most of the skate, and he led us back on Riverside Boulevard and S Street. Back at 3rd and S, all of us enjoyed food, drink, and conversation. As Steve's Google Map shows, we skated about 8.9 miles. Great weather, exercise, camaraderie, and fun!

Keep Skatin'

Bernie

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September 16, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Gang O' Five Roll West Sac And More

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 09/16/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a YouTube video with Amon, Brian, Steve, Tsvi, and I (Bernie) meeting and skating in on the September 16, 2013 Monday Night Skate. We skated on Capitol Mall and other places in the night and we met afterwards at Vallejo's. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus rideing his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new narrative by Brian, a new Google Map by Steve, and a new 23 second YouTube Video by Bernie:

Bernie, Amon, Steve, Tsvi, and I showed up for the 9/16 Monday Night Skate. We chose route through the west side of West Sacramento. After everyone geared up and go their skates on we went west on S St to 3rd St, turned north and skated to R St. Westward on R brought to us to "Dave's Bridge", our commonly used crossing over the I-5 canyon.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 09/16/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a YouTube video with Amon, Brian, Steve, Tsvi, and I (Bernie) meeting and skating on the September 16, 2013 Monday Night Skate. We skated on Capitol Mall and other places in the night and we met afterwards at Vallejo's. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus riding his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We continued north on the Sacramento River Promenade to its crossing of the Capitol Mall at the Tower Bridge. We took the north side approach to allow us to skate the north side section of the West Sac River Walk (pretty clever of us). At Steve's suggestion we skated down off the brick and textured concrete of the River Walk to the meandering concrete sidewalk along the river's edge. This sidewalk twists through the former environs of the "Marina Inn". The hotel sat at the river's edge and had a garden area surrounding the buildings. I don't remember the actual date of its demolition but it had to have been after 1985 because my wife and I got married that year and we used to go to the Marina Inn for its jazz in the garden performances in our single days. Ahhh - the old Marina Inn, a dinosaur of the hospitality industry - it along with its kin are gone or converted to other uses; The El Rancho Hotel just down West Capitol Boulevard (now the Dharma Realm Buddhist Center), The Cordova Lodge in Rancho Cordova, The El Rancho Hotel in Davis (just off I-80 at Mace Blvd). Only the Woodlake Inn off Hwy 160 in Sacramento is still around and used in its original capacity. Anyway, I remember listening to some great local jazz groups in the little garden area that is now the River Walk...

graphic letter We skated the sidewalk to its end at the footings of the I St Bridge, skated up the incline back to the River Walk's brick and texture concrete ribbon and continued south, retracing our path on the upper level of the park. At Tower Bridge Gateway we turned west and skated down the smooth sidewalk that parallels the main thoroughfare. We paused briefly at the intersection of the Gateway and 5th St for the traffic signal to change and we crossed south.

Our path took us past the west side of Raley Field (on the smooth concrete sidewalks) and we continued on 5th St to Bridge St where we crossed back over 5th and skated east to the intersection of Bridge and Riverfront St.

Riverfront St is still as nice now as it was when brand-new: just a wonder - smooth concrete and limited vehicle traffic. We skated to its tee connection with Mill St where we skated east to the south side extension of the River Walk. We had a slight tailwind so we moved quite quickly to the north on this path to its connection at the Tower Bridge Gateway.

graphic letter We crossed east over the Sacramento River into downtown; skated Capitol Mall to the west steps of the Capitol where we looped the area that is used for state Christmas tree (the ground is barricaded and looks freshly seeded) and Bernie and Steve did a little stair riding - the guys got skillz!

graphic letter We finished the skate by taking 10th St to N; N to 13th St and 13th to R where we skated through the Artisan District on the smooth concrete ribbon that spans 13th to 10th St; then glided on 10th to S St; S St to our final destination mid-block 4th and 3rd Streets.

Final numbers: ~6.7 miles, perfect weather and great conversation and food at Vallejo's...

Keep Skatin'

Brian

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September 9, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Tres Hermanos Roll North and South American River Parkway Loop.

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 08/26/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of John and Brian pausing in West Sacramento on the August 26, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus rideing his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new narrative, no new Google Maps, photos, or videos:

First, a little information that might be of value to you. A great free website: Archive.org .I have watched Johnny Carson here. There are MANY uses for this site. For example, at this link and others, I have been able to listen to George Jones for hours: George Jones 251-375 .

Amon, Morgan, and I skated tonight. As requested by Morgan, we elected to skate by a river. So we skated to Old Sacramento, American River Parkway, and the Discovery Park Bridge. At the Discovery Park Bridge, we skated down into Discovery Park to take the north side of the river American River Parkway branch in our journey east. WHEEEE!!!!!

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 08/26/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of John and Brian pausing in West Sacramento on the August 26, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus riding his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We skated east until we reached Del Paso Boulevard. Then we skated north over the 12th Street Bridge onto the the south side of the river branch of the American River Parkway, which we skated west until we reached 7th Street, where we skated south on the streets into downtown Sacramento.

After we skated into Downtown Sacramento, we skated east to 10th Street, then south a few blocks, so Morgan could get his bicycle and skate 11 miles home.

Amon and I then skated south and west back to our 3rd and S starting point. Amon had to leave right away. I think this was a great skate. By both Sacramento and American rivers, mostly on trails away from cars, and smooth. I would guess it was about 8 miles of aerobic exercise and friendly conversation.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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September 2, 2013

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


Minutes of 2010 National Skate Patrol Meeting


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

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

Tonight we were rained out.

Early in the day, there was some light rain. I came to 3rd and S around 6 pm, expecting a close call: To skate or not to skate?

At about 6:16 pm there was a cloudburst. Lots of rain in little time. By 6:30 pm, all pavement was WET. Too slipery for safe skating.

I hope to see you at 3rd and S so we can skate together next Monday!

Bernie

August 26, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Tres Hermanos Roll West & East

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 08/26/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of John and Brian pausing in West Sacramento on the August 26, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus rideing his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new narrative by Brian, a new Google Map by Brian, and 1 new photograph in our Flickr Album:

Bernie, John and I took a short skate on 8/26 to both sides of the Sacramento River. First with a skate to the Raley Field area of West then secondly, a skate to the steps of the Capitol building in Sacramento.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 08/26/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of John and Brian pausing in West Sacramento on the August 26, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus riding his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We started our skate in a typical fashion: traveling to West Sacramento via the Sac city side promenade; crossing over the river on the Tower Bridge and continued on Tower Bridge Gateway to 5th St in West Sac where we turned south to skate along the perimeter of Raley Field (a ball game was in progress and the park and parking lots were full). At the corner of 5th and Bridge St we turned west to skate past the construction zone to the south of us. Our plan was to continue to the south via Riverfront St to Garden St where we could skate the oval road that encompasses the park. This plan was to be cancelled when we arrived at the intersection of Garden and Riverfront: the construction in this area has closed all access to Garden Park. Hopefully, the housing development(s) are not gated communities lest we will lose any access to the great little oval that is Garden Park...

graphic letter We looped back north along the River Walk trail to Tower Bridge Gateway; turned east and skated back over the river into Sac downtown. Our trip along the Capitol Mall was smooth and uneventful and brought us to the steps on the west side of the Capitol. After a quick regroup we skated south to N St, turned east and skated to 13th. At 13th we skated south to Q St/R St Alley and took a little zig-zag connection through the light rail station to connect with R St.

Skating the smooth concrete on R St through the Artisan District is pure skate love ... the abrupt change of surfaces on the east side of 13th and the west side of 10th makes the island of concrete in this area stand out. Skate it while it is smooth and un-cracked - nature will fight to return the concrete to its elemental form of sand, aggregate and lime!

graphic letter WWe finished the skate back at 3rd and S. John called it a evening and Bernie and I went to Willies on 16th and Broadway for a little after skate food and conversation.

Final numbers: ~4.9 miles (yup, this was a shortie), perfect temperature, perfect evening breeze and perfect fun!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

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August 19, 2013

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Gang O' Four Rolls South
Monday Night Skate 8/19/13

Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 08/19/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a YouTube video of the August 19, 2013 Monday Night Skate showing Brian, Gordon, and John skating on that great night.  We started at 3rd and S.  The video next shows us skating south on the Sacramento River Levee.  The last scene shows us near the Sacramento Zoo. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of skaters skating South on 11th Street on the August 12, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian, Steve, Gordon, Erick, and Amon enjoying food, drink, and converstion at Vallejo's after the Autust 12, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

A new Google Map by Brian, a new narrative by Brian, and 1 new YouTube video:

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 08/19/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a YouTube video of the August 19, 2013 Monday Night Skate showing Brian, Gordon, and John skating on that great night. We started at 3rd and S. The video next shows us skating south on the Sacramento River Levee. The last scene shows us near the Sacramento Zoo. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of skaters skating South on 11th Street on the August 12, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian, Steve, Gordon, Erick, and Amon enjoying food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's after the August 12, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie, Gordon, John and I showed up for the skate and a southbound loop was chosen: same route as our 7/22 skate. This loop would take us up on the Sacramento River Promenade going south through Miller Park with a connection to the recreation trail continuation just past the south Miller Park boat launch and parking lot.

graphic letter We cruised along the "Black Ice Highway" recreation trail toward Sutterville Road. A slight headwind was pushing against us but we kept rolling - smooth rolling all the way to the recreation trail access point.

graphic letter We skated the sidewalk and walking path that parallels Sutterville Road to its connection with Land Park Drive where we turned north then crossed eastward onto 15th Ave and skated past the wonderful Fairytale Town. 15th Ave twists through the park and we followed its serpentine spine to it connection with Park Road where we skated north to connect with 18th St; exiting the park and rolled into the beautiful neighborhood between the park and Broadway. Along the way we stopped at California Middle School for a quick regroup. Bernie looped the courtyard a few times and I took the dwell time to connect up my helmet light.

graphic letter We got rolling and rolled north to Land Park Dr and Broadway with a quick stop at the Tower Theater. After a marquee check we skated west on Broadway to 11th St; turned north and continued to the connection with S St; turned west on S and continued to our final destination mid-block 3rd and 4th.

John and Gordon called it an evening; Bernie and I kicked back at Vallejo's for apres-skate food and conversation. It all adds to "priceless" - another great skate.

Final numbers: ~7.5 miles of easy-going fun, no injuries.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

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August 12, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Seven Skaters for Sister Sarah (who is Sarah?)

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 08/12/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian, Amon, Gordon, Steve, Eric, and Morgan at 3rd and S before the August 12, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of skaters skating South on 11th Street on the August 12, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian, Steve, Gordon, Erick, and Amon enjoying food, drink, and converstion at Vallejo's after the Autust 12, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

A new Google Map by Steve, a new narrative by Brian, and 3 new photos:

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 08/12/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian, Amon, Gordon, Steve, Eric, and Morgan at 3rd and S before the August 12, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of skaters skating South on 11th Street on the August 12, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian, Steve, Gordon, Erick, and Amon enjoying food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's after the August 12, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie, Amon, Gordon, Morgan, Steve, Eric and I showed up for the 8/12 skate - seven participants! Pretty groovy. Eric is new to the skate and was on a longboard (skateboard). A skate to William Land Park via city streets was chosen and we got rolling around 7:15 or so.

graphic letter We rolled west on S to 3 rd; turned south and skated to Broadway; turned east and continued to 5 th St where we turned to the south again. We cut through the industial area just north of the McClatchy housing development; continuing our trek to Vallejo Way where we turned east. If my memory services me correct, at San Luis Ct we turned south again and skated to to its connection with 4 th St where we continued east to Riverside Blvd.

At Riverside we skated south to the 12 th Ave entrance on the western edge of William Land Park. We meandered through the park on 12 th Ave to 13 th St to Park Road to Land Park Drive where we regrouped at the zoo entrance. After crossing LPD we skated 15 th Ave past Fairytale Town and the William A. Carroll Amphitheater. A side note - City Theater of Sacramento City College presents the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival on a yearly basis at the amphitheater. Check out their website and take in a performance next year - it is a great way to spend an evening... Sacramento Shakespeare Festival.

graphic letter We skated 15 th Ave to East Park Road and looped the southern end of the park then continued north to exit the park at the nexus of Park Road, 18 th St and 13 th Ave. 18 th St was our conduit of happiness to carry us northward to California Middle School where we took a short break to regroup. Eventually, we got rolling again and skated out of this neighborhood via Marty Way and Land Park. A short stop was made at the Tower Theater at LPD and Broadway.

graphic letter We completed our loop by skating west on Broadway to 11 th St; north on 11 th to S St and west for the final finish at mid-block 3 rd and 4 th.

Morgan continued his skate to his office where he had a final bike ride to get home. The rest of us congregated at Vallejo's for apers-skate food and conversation. Steve's gps map will tell the truth but I will guess we skated ~ 8 miles. The conditions were perfect, mild temps, light winds - skater heaven...

Hopefully, Eric (new guy) had a good time rolling with us and hopefully, others will join in.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

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August 5, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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!!!Three Musketeers (Bernie, Gordon, and Steve) Explore and Roll in West Sacramento!!!

Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Steve of the 08/05/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve, Brian, and Morgan preparing to skate before the July 29, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus rideing his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new Google Map by Steve, a new narrative by me, Bernie, no new photos or videos:

The 3 Musketeers skated Monday, August, 5, 2013: Gordon, Steve, and myself. We decided to skate West Sacramento, with Gordon doing most of the leading.

Above: 1: Graphic link to a well documented and well-centered Google map by Steve of the 08/05/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve, Brian, and Morgan preparing to skate before the July 29, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus riding his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We first skated north and west across Dave's Bridge and the Tower Bridge. After crossing the Tower Bridge, we skated south by the Sacramento River and Raley Field . Lots of parked cars; a River Cat game. Then we skated west and north, going around one side of Raley Field to West Capitol Ave., where we skated west. To see our route more clearly, see Steve's Google Map, linked to above.

From West Capitol Avenue (Formerly, a proud part of the Lincoln Highway), we skated north on Poplar Avenue. We next skated west on Manzanita Way, Westacre Road, and Michigan Boulevard to Jefferson Boulevard, where we skated north to to Sacramento Avenue, where we skated east.

graphic letter When we were skating west on Sacramento Avenue, we were no longer somewhat lost. We were homeward bound on roads we have skated before. After Sacramento Avenue we skated a little bit of 6th Street, and some C Street as we continued west. When we got to 3rd Street, we skated south toward the Tower Bridge, as we continued homeward - back to our 3rd and S starting point.

Final numbers: ~ 8.3 miles, perfect conditions, food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's. What great fun, aerobic exercise and socializing with GREAT comrades!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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July 29, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Monday Night Skate 7/29/13

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 07/29/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve, Brian, and Morgan preparing to skate before the July 29, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus rideing his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new narrative by Brian, a new Google Map by Steve and his Android, and 1 new photograph:

A Gang O' Four showed up for the 7/29 skate - Bernie, Steve, Morgan and yours truly - a reverse direction south side loop was chosen. Taking the city streets for the south going leg would slightly shield us from the strong wind coming out from the south/southwest direction and also give a little variety to the skate.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 07/29/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve, Brian, and Morgan preparing to skate before the July 29, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus riding his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We skated east on S St to 11th St where we turned south and continued to Broadway; turning east we continued over to the Tower Theater where we took a short stop to check out the coming attractions. After a 5 - 10 minute dwell we continued south on Marty Way and cut through the campus of California Middle School (with a few laps of the smooth concrete in the courtyard). We meandered through the neighborhood north of William Land Park to the reach the north perimeter of said park where we continued south with a veer to the west; passing along the pond and golf course and the WPA amphitheater; Fairytale Town to arrive at the zoo entrance crosswalk at Land Park Drive. We crossed LPD; skirted the south side of the zoo and continued along Sutterville Road to its tee with the I-5 freeway exit/entrance and the Sacramento River.

graphic letter We accessed the levee-top recreation trail at Sutterville and skated northward - with a strong tail wind we made excellent time on the ribbon of smooth asphalt and soon arrived at the southern marina parking lot/boat launch where we had to deal with the well-weathered/checkered asphalt that is the parking lot and Marina Dr - hey, we accept the good with the bad! We turned east on the Front Street extension/access at Marina; skated to Broadway; looped back west to get back on the recreation trail; skated the mile or so north to the Promenade; skated east over "Dave's Bridge" to cross I-5 and then finished our skate back at the start point mid-block 3rd and 4th on S St.

Morgan continued his skate back to his office where his bicycle was waiting for his ride home. Steve, Bernie and I drove over to Willie's at 16th and Broadway for apres-skate food and conversation.

Final numbers: ~ 7 miles (Steve's Google Map will provide the real data: Steve started mapping 1.5 miles late, giving a 7.3 mile map. 8.8 miles total distance.), perfect conditions other than the strong 10-12 mph south/southwest wind.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

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July 22, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Monday Night Skate 7/22/13

Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 07/22/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a YouTube video of skunks, by the Sacramento Marina, fighting for food and water, as seen on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus rideing his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new narrative and Google map by Brian, 1 new YouTube video, and 1 new photograph:

Bernie, Gordon, Gus and I showed up for the skate with Gus being a real trooper and coming out with his bike since his hand was and is still injured from the skate last week. Hey, a broken bone or two and two dislocated fingers weren't going to stop Gus - the dude is like Cal Ripken - he never has missed a game :-).

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 07/22/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a YouTube video of skunks, by the Sacramento Marina, fighting for food and water, as seen on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus riding his bicycle on the July 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A simple short skate to the south was chosen mainly to allow us to enjoy a tailwind on the return leg of the skate. The skate taken last week was all to the east for the outgoing leg and we skated into a stiff headwind for the 6+ miles of the return. So this week we were being a little lazy a planned this for some comfort and fun!

graphic letter We skated a normal south bound route, taking S St to 2 nd; crossed I-5 via Dave's Bridge; turned south on the Sac River Levee Promenade; cruised into Miller Park (where Bernie grabbed a video of some juvenile skunks - I believe they are called "kits" - arguing and fussing at each other at the marina overlook platform where a food bowl and a water bowl were set out for the feral cats. As we skated up, the mother skunk beat a hasty retreat into the bushes but I suspect she was not far away from her babies and probably could have laid down the law with her spray equipment. We skated away from the overlook taking the marina perimeter sidewalk to the eastern side of the marina where we skated Marina Drive/Miller Park Cir to connect with the recreation trail on the levee; at Sutterville we skated east; turned north at Land Park Drive and took a quick stop at the Zoo entrance while we waited for Gus to rejoin us. He had biked to the Rivage Hotel to fill his water bottle but found their fountains out of order - life's not fair!

graphic letter We skated north through the park and associated neighborhoods to get to Broadway and we continued west on the "Way" to connect with 11 th St; skated north to S St where we turned west and finished back at our start point at 3 rd St.

Final numbers: 7.5 miles of easy-going fun, no injuries. We finished up at KFC at Capitol and Alhambra - good food and good fun!

Keep Rollin'

Brian

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July 15, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Monday Night Skate 7/15/13

Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 07/15/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of Brian and Gus pausing at the State Fair on the July 15, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus and Brian posing by the big CalifOrnia O in front of the State Fair on the July 15 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new narrative and Google map by Brian, 2 new photographs:

Gus, Bernie and I showed up for the skate and a loop to Cal Expo was chosen. We started out the skate our standard route to the west; S St to 3 rd St; 3 rd St to cross Dave's Bridge; skate north on the Promenade with a quick stop at the "Streetlight Museum" and a check for turtles (none were seen) and a pause at the Tower Bridge to cross Capitol Mall. Continuing north we skated through Old Sac to old I St and turned west to the access point for the recreation trail.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 07/15/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of Brian and Gus pausing at the State Fair on the July 15, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Gus and Brian posing by the big CalifOrnia O in front of the State Fair on the July 15 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

On the rec trail we skated north to Discovery Park and continued on the Twin Rivers Recreation Trail along the south bank of the American River. At the North Freeway Bridge (12 th St) we crossed the beautiful American River to the Del Paso side and reconnected to recreation trail Northgate Blvd.

graphic letter We skated the recreation trail eastward with a stop or two to try some of the blackberries growing along side the trail. At the Union Pacific Railroad trestle we took the north leg of the recreation trail. This trail rises up onto the levee the parallels Tribute Rd. The recreation trail makes a sharp climb up and down and these transitions require some confidence with descending steep (but short) inclines.

graphic letter WWe skated into Cal Expo and stopped at the West Entrance and took a breather then continued skating along the perimeter to the Main Entrance where we took a longer rest and took a few photos at the new large concrete "CALIFORNIA" letters. See photo above.

Our return trip was a reverse of the outgoing leg with a modification as we skated the Twin Rivers trail: we turned south at the commercial park at N. 5th St to take a crossing of downtown (and hopefully gain some shielding for the strong west wind that was blowing). The west wind was quite a challenge on the return and any reduction of resistance would be welcome; skating to Richards Blvd, we turned south on N. 7 th St and skated into downtown.

Unfortunately, Gus suffered a major injury as we skated 7 th St: he hit some very rough asphalt and fell and injured his hands. Two of his fingers looked dislocated or possibly broken! He said they couldn't bend but didn't hurt so we very carefully and quickly skated back through the downtown streets to the start point on S St.

graphic letter We stopped at Del Taco at Alhambra and K St before going to Sutter General Hospital to get Gus checked out in the ER - Gus just gutted this whole deal out and said injured or not he came to skate and then was going to eat before having to sit in the ER! I had to get going home around quarter of midnight - Bernie said he would stay with Gus until the doctor(s) had fixed him up. Bernie can probably give an update to Gus' condition.

Final stats: 13+ miles, mild/warm temps and overall a great time. Good luck to Gus for a speedy recovery!

Keep Rollin'

Brian

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July 8, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Monday Night Skate 7/8/13:
Easy Rollin' for 4 to and from UCD Medical Facility

Graphic link to a YouTube video with some highlights from the Junly 8, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 07/01/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Morgan, Brian, and Gus posing on the Nino Parkway on the July 1, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new narrative and a new You Tube video:

graphic letter We have skated to UC Davis Medical Center on Stockton Boulevard before (For examples, November 5, 2012 and September 24, 2012.). Tonight Gus suggested that we do this again. Kathy, Steve and I agreed with him, and away the 4 of us went.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 07/01/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a YouTube video with some highlights from the July 8, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Morgan, Brian, and Gus posing on the Nino Parkway on the July 1, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We skated east on S and T Streets to Stockton Boulevard (not the town). Then we skated south on Stockton Boulevard to the UC Davis Medical Center, a candyland of smooth and sweet skating areas.

graphic letter We skated around for a while, then we returned west on T and S Streets to our 3rd and S starting point. We skated 8 to 10 miles. Some of skating more than others.

After the skate we enjoyed food, drink, and 100% true conversation at KFC. It was good to have Kathy back with us.

Next week we will probably skate to the State Fair.

Keep Rollin' all you can!

Bernie

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July 1, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate 7/1/13:
Easy Rollin' to Ninos Parkway

Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 07/01/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of photographer and model at Sacramento Water Intake Facility, as seen on the July 1, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Morgan, Brian, and Gus posing on the Nino Parkway on the July 1, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new narrative and Google map by Brian, 2 new photographs:

Rollin' with the skate tonight was Bernie, Gus, Morgan and me. Bernie and Gus had decided to go check out a trail Bernie had noticed off West El Camino. Where it went was just begging to be discovered...

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 07/01/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr album of photographer and model at Sacramento Water Intake Facility, as seen on the July 1, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr album of Morgan, Brian, and Gus posing on the Nino Parkway on the July 1, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We skated per our normal northern route toward Discovery Park, taking the levee top Promenade to Old Sac where we continued north to old I St, turned west; trundled over the dirt and decomposed granite to the rec trail access point then continued on the smooth ribbon of asphalt to the park entrance. We crossed over the American River via Jibboom St. Bridge and snaked our way to the Natomas Park Dr entrance gate where we crossed Garden Hwy and continued north to connect with West El Camino.

At West El Cam we turned east and skated the rough and tumble morass of cracked asphalt and concrete that passes for the main thoroughfare of this area. About one mile east of our connection to WEC we found the entrance to the Ninos Parkway - Bernie had noticed this rec trail while riding through the area on his motorcycle. Morgan had to break away from the group at this point so he could skate back to his office to take his final ride by bicycle back home - he is getting plenty of exercise!

Bernie, Gus and I meandered north on the Ninos trail to its eventual end at San Juan Road. There appears to be additional right-of-way continuing north since the parkway is in a high tension power line corridor - maybe one day the trail will continue...

graphic letter We turned it around and skated back south and at Strauch School Park Gus called an audible to explore the little spit of trail that went east. We found it extended only about 1000 yards or so to its connection to Potomac Way. Cool Beans - never know what you will find! We turned it around again and skated back to the main Ninos trail and continued south.

Eventually, we returned to the entrance point at West El Cam where we continued south on the older part of this recreation trail which loops past the Ninos Park and baseball field and we cut through the apartments and housing in this area to connect with Northgate Blvd. After skating up the rise of the levee to Garden Hwy we continued over the highway to take the Northgate entrance to the Jeddidiah Smith Memorial Bike Trail (American River Parkway).

graphic letter We skated the rec trail back to Discovery Park and basically reversed our outgoing path for the return back to 3rd and S St.

Total distance covered: 13 miles.
Weather conditions: warm with a light breeze (perfect).
Final analysis: great fun and recreation.

Bernie, Gus and I finished up at Del Taco at Alhambra and K St for our apres-skate food, drinks and conversation - life doesn't get any better!

Keep Rollin'

Brian

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June 24, 2013

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Minutes of 2010 National Skate Patrol Meeting


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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 during the day, so I never went to 3rd and S. I didn't want to skate on wet pavement.

I hope to see you at 3rd and S so we can skate together next Monday!

Bernie

June 17, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

4 skate north to San Juan and back (8 to 10 miles round trip)!

Graphic link to Gus, Morgan, Svie skating north on the June 17, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to some video and a photo in a 16 second YouTube video of the June 10, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo of Gus, Tara, and Bernie posing at Bernie's house on the June 3, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new photo for our Flickr Album, and a new narrative:

Gus, Morgan, Svie and I showed up and skated tonight. We decided to skate north from the American River Parkway, as suggested by Gus.

Above: 1: Graphic link to Gus, Morgan, Svie skating north on the June 17, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to some video and a photo from the June 10, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo of Gus, Tara, and Bernie posing at Bernie's house on the June 3, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We skated west from 3rd and S to 2nd St; crossed over I-5 on “Dave’s Bridge” to connect with the Promenade atop the Sac River levee where we skated north into Old Sacramento.

From 2nd Street we skated onto the American River Parkway. On the Parkway we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge. There, Gus, Morgan, Svie, and I skated east on the newer and shorter trail on the south side of the American River.

graphic letter When we got to Northgate Boulevard, we skated north to West El Camino. There we skated east till we reached a great trail going north and south. First we skated north to San Juan. Then we skated south to return to Garden Hwy, west to get on the American River Parkway, where we were homeward bound to 3rd and S, our starting point.

Svie was a new skater tonight. He is from Israel, and he is trained to br a brain researcher. He came in a 40 foot houseboat, which he had parked near Old Sacramento.

Morgan had to leave on his bicycle. Gus and I went to Mel's or some food, drink, and talk. Another great social and skating night!

Final numbers: 8 to 10 miles of skating, most of it on safe trails, plus GREAT companionship.

My new 90 millimeter skates helped me tonight.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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June 10, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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5 skate north toward Rio Linda (12 to 14 miles round trip)!

Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Steve of the 06/10/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to some video and a photo in a 16 second YouTube video of the June 10, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo of Gus, Tara, and Bernie posing at Bernie's house on the June 3, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new Google map by Steve, a new 16 second YouTube video, and a new narrative:

Gordon, Gus, Morgan, Steve and I showed up and skated tonight. We decided to skate north from the American River Parkway, as suggested by Gus.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Steve of the 06/10/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to some video and a photo from the June 10, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo of Gus, Tara, and Bernie posing at Bernie's house on the June 3, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We skated west from 3rd and S to 2nd St; crossed over I-5 on “Dave’s Bridge” to connect with the Promenade atop the Sac River levee where we skated north into Old Sacramento.

From 2nd Street we skated onto the American River Parkway. On the Parkway we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge. There Steve and Gordon skated into Discovery Park to skate east on the north side of the American River, while Gus, Morgan, and I skated east on the newer and shorter trail on the south side of the American River.

graphic letter We met on the trail at Del Paso Boulevard. Near there, all 5 of skated north on the trail to Rio Linda.

graphic letter We skated this branch of the Parkway about 3 miles north (near Arcade Boulevard), then we turned around, and started our return to 3rd and S by skating the American River Parkway back to Old Sacramento.

From Old Sacramento, we skated south on the Riverfront Promenade to Dave's Bridge. East a few blocks over and down, and we were back at 3rd and S.

Final numbers: 12 to 14.5 miles of skating, most of it on safe trails, plus GREAT companionship.

Gus and I met a KFC for some needed food, drink, and talk.

My new 90 millimeter skates helped me tonight.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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June 3, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Gus and Bernie skate to Bernie's house and ride back to 3rd and S!

Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 05/13/2013 Monday Night Skate, which went most of the way to Bernie's house. Graphic link to a larger photo of Gus, Tara, and Bernie posing at Bernie's house on the June 3, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Steve, Gus, and Brian posing by a blue heron statue in a Natomas Park on the 4/29/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

One new photo for our Flickr Album plus a new narrative:

Brian, Gus, Morgan, and I showed up to skate tonight. Brian decided not to skate, because he did not have his helmet. We started skating toward my house, then Morgan dropped out because his skates were hurting. Gus and I then skated to my house, as somewhat detailed below.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 05/13/2013 Monday Night Skate, which went most of the way to Bernie's house. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo of Gus, Tara, and Bernie posing at Bernie's house on the June 3, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to larger photo of Steve, Gus, and Brian posing by a blue heron statue in a Natomas Park on the 4/29/2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We skated west from 3rd and S to 2nd St; crossed over I-5 on “Dave’s Bridge” to connect with the Promenade atop the Sac River levee where we moved northward skirting the perimeter of downtown, cutting through the small plaza area at the nexus of Front and O Streets. We continued on our concrete ribbon to the Tower Bridge where we paused in front of the Embassy Suites Hotel waiting for a clear crossing of Capitol Mall to enter Old Sac.

Turning onto Neashan Circle, we snaked through Old Town; due to construction on the backside of the California Railroad Museum we turned west on I St; trundled across the rugged, pebbled, muddied decomposed granite between Front St. and the American River Parkway trail access then continued north on the trail. Unfortunately, this appears to be the only route we will have available for some time. We got busted by a park ranger a few months back when we attempted to use our normal crossing on the backside of the museum.

graphic letter We skated on the trail through the Matsui Plaza at the Sacramento Water Intake Facility; past Tiscornia Park; crossed over the Jibboom St Bridge into Discovery Park. A quick crossing of the park brought us to the north side entrance of the park. We continued west on the American River Parkway along the Garden Hwy; turned north on Gateway Oaks Dr then turned west on River Plaza Dr.

graphic letter We skated to the end of River Plaza Drive onto a Natomas trail (always glad to get away from car traffic) to the North Main Drainage Canal recreation trail access point. Boldly, we skated into the dark environs of the recreation area that hugs the canal - pausing briefly on the “Baby Ironsides” bridge that crosses over muddy ribbon of water, then continued westward to the small skate park that is adjacent to Orchard Park.

graphic letter We continued north onto West River Road until we reached Marina Glen, which we followed to Garden Hwy. Then we skated about one mile on Garden Hwy to my house.

At my house we took a break with my wife Tara (See photo above.), who then kindly gave us a ride back to 3rd and S.

Final numbers: 5 to 6 miles of skating, most of it on safe trails, plus good companionship.

Thanks to Brian for much of the above write-up and the Google map.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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May 27, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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5/27/2013 Gus and Bernie skate a Memorial skate to and from Sac State!

Graphic link to a YouTube video of the highlights of the August 17, 2009 Monday Night Skate in Sacramento. Includes a skating down a parking lot video. Graphic link to larger photo of Brian, Morgan, Gordon, and Bernie posing at Stockton and T Streets on the March 26, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Time release photo by Brian. Grpahic link to larger photo of Gus atop the Sac State Parking Lot on the June 4, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new skate description, a YouTube video, and 2 photos from similar skates in the past:

Gus and I skated tonight. It was Memorial Day with a chance of rain, so there were only 2 of us.

Above: 1: Graphic link to some video clips and photos from the August 17, 2009 Monday Night Skate on YouTube. 2: Graphic link to larger photo of Brian, Morgan, Gordon, and Bernie posing at Stockton and T Streets on the March 26, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Time release photo by Brian. 3: Graphic link to larger photo of Gus atop the Sac State Parking Lot on the June 4, 2012 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We had a great skate tonight. We first skated east on S Street. Then, after skating south on Alhambra, we skated east on T Street to 59th, where we headed north to M Street and east on M to Elvas, which took us to Sac State.

At Sac State we headed for the 6 floor parking lot, and got in the elevator. From the top: WHEEEE!!!!!So much fun, we did it again: WHEEEE!!!!!

The parking lot was especially GREAT tonight. We had daylight until after 8:30. Since it was a holiday, there were no other cars. Traversing from side to side: WOW!!!!!

To return, we took M St. west to Alhambra and then connected with Capitol Blvd. At Capitol and Alhambra, we stopped at KFC for some BARGAINGOOD food and drink; we were hungry.

Soon we were skating back to 3rd and S, but now it was raining and the streets were WET. We had to skate skinny back to 3rd and S. I estimate that we skated 12 to 14 miles. Wonderful exercise and fun!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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May 20, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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5/20/2013 Monday Night Skaters skate south alongside the Sacramento River!

Graphic link to some video clips and photos from the April 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate in a YouTube video. Graphic link to well documented and well centered Google map by Brian of the 04/22/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to YouTube movie of skaaters speeding into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new skate description and a YouTube video.from a somewhat similar skate on 4/22/2013:

Gordon, Gus, Morgan, and I skated tonight. The course suggested by Gordon, and chosen for our skate, was southward alongside the Sacramento River.

Above: 1: Graphic link to some video clips and photos from the April 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate on YouTube. Join us at 3rd and S on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. 2: Graphic link to well documented and well centered Google map by Brian of the 04/22/2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to YouTube movie of skaters speeding into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We skated west on S to 2nd St crossed over I-5 via “Dave’s Bridge” and continued south on the recreation trail to the access point at Broadway. We did a quick regroup then skated into Miller Park; crossed through the parking lot connected with the marina perimeter sidewalk; circled the boat berths to the eastern parking lot where we continued south on Marina Park Drive to our connection to the southern segment of the recreation trail on the Sac River levee. Up on the beautiful asphalt we continued to Sutterville Road, where we voted to skate home via The Sacramento Zoo and Land Park.

graphic letter We next skated east on Sutterville Road to the Sacramento Zoo. After a break we skated through beautiful Land Park and north to California Middle School (on Vallejo), with its smooth, fun pavement.

Next we skated North on 17th Street to the Tower Theater. After looking at the marquee and the coming film posters, we skated west on Broadway to 11th Street. After skating north on 11th Street (Riverside Boulevard), we skated west to our 3rd nd S starting point.

graphic letter We arrived at 3rd and S, after a 6 to 8 mile skate, about 8:35. Morgan left to bicycle home, then Gus left. Gordon and I enjoyed some Mexican food, drink, and talk at Vallejo's. Another GREAT skate! This time of year is fabulous; almost all of the skate is in daylight.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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May 13, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Tres Amigos Roll North and West

Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 05/13/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Steve, Gus, and Brian posing by a blue heron statue in a Natomas Park on the 4/29/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to some video clips and photos from the April 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate in a YouTube video. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

No new photos or videos. A new skate description and well documented Google Map by Brian:

Bernie, Gus and I showed to skate on 5/13 and we chose a loop to the north side of town, with a plan to snake along the north side of Garden Hwy through the subdivision at the foot of the levee, possibly going as far as we could toward Bernie’s new pad on the Garden Hwy.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented and centered Google map by Brian of the 05/13/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to Steve, Gus, and Brian posing by a blue heron statue in a Natomas Park on the 4/29/2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to some video clips and photos from the April 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate in a YouTube video. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We skated west from 3rd and S to 2nd St; crossed over I-5 on “Dave’s Bridge” to connect with the Promenade atop the Sac River levee where we moved northward skirting the perimeter of downtown, cutting through the small plaza area at the nexus of Front and O Streets. We continued on our concrete ribbon to the Tower Bridge where we paused in front of the Embassy Suites Hotel waiting for a clear crossing of Capitol Mall to enter Old Sac.

Turning onto Neashan Circle, we snaked through Old Town; due to construction on the backside of the California Railroad Museum we turned west on I St; trundled across the rugged, pebbled, muddied decomposed granite between Front St. and the rec trail access then continued north on the trail. Unfortunately, this appears to be the only route we will have available for some time. We got busted by a park ranger a few months back when we attempted to use our normal crossing on the backside of the museum.

graphic letter We skated on the trail through the Matsui Plaza at the Sacramento Water Intake Facility; past Tiscornia Park; crossed over the Jibboom St Bridge into Discovery Park. A quick crossing of the park brought us to the north side entrance of the park. We continued west on the recreation trail along the Garden Hwy; turned north on Gateway Oaks Dr then turned west on River Plaza Dr.

graphic letter We skated to the end of River Plaza to the North Main Drainage Canal recreation trail access point. Boldly, we skated into the dark environs of the recreation area that hugs the canal - pausing briefly on the “Baby Ironsides” bridge that crosses over muddy ribbon of water, we watched a beaver or muskrat swim about – then continued westward to the small skate park that is adjacent to Orchard Park. Bernie and Gus were familiar with this skate park. I missed the skates from years back when they had traveled here so it was all new to me. The park has structures for you extreme skaters – ramps, platforms, quarter pipe, half pipe, etc.

graphic letter We continued onto West River Road toward our goal of meeting finding the closest point of access through this subdivision that would be close to Bernie’s house on the Garden Hwy. W. River Road is a decent street with good asphalt and smooth concrete. We passed through its intersections with Martha Bella Way, Orchard Lane, Two Rivers Drive, Shorebird Dr. and Barandas Dr. where I panicked and told Bernie and Gus we had skated in a direction different than I thought. Now that I have had a chance to map the route out I realize I was just disoriented. In the dimming light cars could be seen in the distance crossing on an elevated section of interstate freeway. Gus said it was probably I-80, I said I thought it was I-5 and we had actually skated northward instead of westward. I convinced Gus and Bernie we should turnaround and head back since we were off course. Of course, we were not. I was just turned around. We were within half a mile or so of our planned destination and I called off the team!

graphic letter WWe turned around and skated back via a direct reversal of the outgoing leg and arrived at the start point around 9:45 or so. This skate is going to be repeated – like Stanley and Livingstone and the River Nile we must find the end point of W. River Road.

For our après-skate grub we went over to Del Taco on Alhambra and K St. They are open late, the food is good and the prices are low.

Final numbers: 11.7 miles, great weather, great conversation and great food…

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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May 6, 2013

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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.

Brian, Gus, and I met at 3rd and S at 7:00 pm. as it was starting to rain. Gus suggested we wait for 5 minutes to decide whether to skate. 10 minutes later it was sill raining. Harder. The pavement was 100% wet and getting wetter. We decided to drive to Kentucky Fried Chicken and eat, drink, and talk.

graphic letter We enjoyed some tasty, good, and cheap food as we talked to take the loads of our chests, and solve all the world's problems.

I hope to see you at 3rd and S so we can skate together next Monday!

Bernie

April 29, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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4/29 Monday Night Skate

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 04/29/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Steve, Gus, and Brian posing by a blue heron statue in a Natomas Park on the 4/29/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to some video clips and photos from the April 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate in a YouTube video. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new skate description by Brian, and a well documented Google Map by Steve. Also, a new photo for our Flickr Album.

Bernie, Steve, Gus and Brian were the brave hearts on the mean streets of Sacramento – we chose a northern loop to Natomas. Bernie had noticed an unnamed street that he believed extended from Garden Highway to San Juan Avenue so we would explore and find the magical avenue to the north.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 04/29/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to Steve, Gus, and Brian posing by a blue heron statue in a Natomas Park on the 4/29/2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to some video clips and photos from the April 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate in a YouTube video. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We started the skate on S Street mid-block 3rd and 4th Streets; traveling west to cross I-5 via “Dave’s Bridge”. Upon our connection to the Sacramento River Promenade we turned north and skated the multi-surfaced strand of concrete and brick work to the Tower Bridge and Capitol Mall. We crossed CM into Old Sac; skated Neasham Cir to (Old) 2nd St with another turn west at (Old) I St. We skated through the ragged, pot-holed compacted, decomposed gravel to the recreation trail access point.

At the recreation trail (American River Parkway) we skated north along the river to the Sacramento Water Intake facility at Matsui Plaza, where we skated a few circles in and around the plaza; continuing through Tiscornia Park where we turned eastward toward the Discovery Park entrance at the old iron Jibboom Bridge.

graphic letter We crossed over the American River into Discovery Park where we transected the park on Natomas Park Dr. to the northern entrance/exit at Garden Highway. We continued over GH to continue on Natomas Park Drive; passing by the Natomas Racquet Club where we chose to skate the recreation trail, which skirts the racquet club, to its nexus with West El Camino Ave.

Azevedo Drive turned out to be the “unknown avenue” we were searching for. We chose to skate the recreation trail through the Brannon Creek Parkway which paralleled Azevedo and with luck would take us to our destination to connect with San Juan Avenue.

Our travel through the Brannon Creek Parkway was quite interesting: the parkway twists and turns through very picturesque terrain and carried us to Jefferson School Park where we stopped under the blue heron statues for a photo op and regroup. The park has wonderful sidewalks and is a great place to loop.

graphic letter We continued north to San Juan Avenue where we turned west for a short jaunt to the intersection of SJA and Azevedo; where we started our return leg of the skate. Azevedo has wide bike lanes and decent sidewalks – perfect for safe skating with automobile traffic sharing the road. Southward we retraced our outgoing path and at the intersection of Azevedo and West El Camino Ave we skated into the recreation trail that skirts to racquet club.

The rest of the return leg was a reverse of the out-going leg and we finished back at our start point on S Street around 9:30 pm. The numbers for the skate: 9 miles, temps in the 80’s with little or no breeze – Checkout the Google Map provided by Steve.

graphic letter WWe all headed over to Willie’s at 16th and Broadway for eats and conversation where we had the pleasure of being joined by Bernie’s wife, Tara. A perfect ending for a perfect skate!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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April 22, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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4/22 Monday Night Skate

Graphic link to well documented and well centered Google map by Brian of the 04/22/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to some video clips and photos from the April 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate in a YouTube video. Graphic link to YouTube movie of skaaters speeding into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new skate description and well centered Google Map by Brian, and a new YouTube video...

Morgan, Bernie, Gus and I skated on 4/22. The course chosen for our skate was southward to Le Rivage Hotel.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented and well centered Google map by Brian of the 04/22/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to some video clips and photos from the April 22, 2013 Monday Night Skate on YouTube. Join us at 3rd and S on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. 3: Graphic link to YouTube movie of skaters speeding into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

graphic letter We skated west on S to 2nd St crossed over I-5 via “Dave’s Bridge” and continued south on the recreation trail to the access point at Broadway. We did a quick regroup then skated into Miller Park; crossed through the parking lot connected with the marina perimeter sidewalk; circled the boat berths to the eastern parking lot where we continued south on Marina Park Drive to our connection to the southern segment of the recreation trail on the Sac River levee. Up on the beautiful asphalt we continued to the Le Rivage Hotel where we kicked back at the fire pit area.

graphic letter We reversed our path from the Le Rivage; skated north to the recreation trail path access point at Sutterville Road; skated east to Land Park Drive where we turned north; skated to the zoo entrance where we crossed Land Park and meandered through the park.

graphic letter William Land Park Drive to Park Dr to 18th St to 10th Ave to 17th St connecting to Marty Dr; the perfect path to Tower Theater at the corner of Land Park and Broadway. After a moment or two to check out the marquees, we continued to roll west on Broadway to Riverside/11th St. North on 11th we connected to S St; west on S and we finished the skate at the corner of 3rd St.

Morgan and Gus called it a night. Bernie and I drove over to KFC at Capitol and Alhambra for our après-skate food and conversation.

Let us do the numbers: 8.6 miles; temperature: 70-80 degrees; light breezes – perfect conditions for a perfect skate.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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April 15, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Quatro Skaters – No Quads

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 04/15/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo of Brian, Bernie, and Gus posing in West Sacramento on the 4/15/2013 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Morgan. Graphic link to YouTube movie of skaaters speeding into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new skate description and Google Map by Brian, and a new photo by Morgan.

For the 4/15 skate Bernie, Gus, Morgan and I showed up to do the do and we chose to skate west to Raley Field and the River Park area. The storm front that passed through the Sacramento area in the 3 pm to 5 pm time frame still had a cumulo-nimbic meteorological tail-end skirting West Sac so we were possibly heading into a wet situation.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 04/15/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic link to a larger photo of Brian, Bernie, and Gus posing in West Sacramento on the 4/15/2013 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Morgan. 3: Graphic link to YouTube movie of skaters speeding into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

To the west on S St we went; crossed “Dave’s Bridge” to the recreation trail and the Promenade on the Sacramento River levee. We took a minute or two to check for critters and other signs of river life at the overlook at the rec trail access point then continued north; passing through the “Streetlight Museum”; pausing at Capitol Mall where we crossed on the Tower Bridge to West Sac. The Tower Bridge Parkway is paralleled with beautiful sidewalks and we slalomed the smooth incline on the north side to the intersection of 5th St.

graphic letter We crossed south on 5th to Raley Field where we paused long enough for Morgan to snap a photo (See graphic link above.); the buildings of downtown Sac shimmered in the waning red glow of the setting sun with the dark matte of the passed storm front to the east.

graphic letter WWe skated eastward around the south side of the park and connected to Riverfront St where we continued south to the fun Garden Park where we skated a few laps around the oval track of Garden St. After leaving the oval, we skated east to the River Walk Trail and we skated north to reconnect with Tower Bridge Parkway. We skated east over the Tower Bridge, through downtown Sac to 10th St; north on 10th to G St where Morgan broke away to go to his office and his final ride home via bicycle.

Gus, Bernie and I turned back south, reversed our course, skated to N St; turned west to 5th St; skated/meandered south to our final finish back mid-block 3rd and 4th St on S St.

graphic letter We packed our gear and headed to Jim Boy’s Tacos on 29th and N St / O St. Alley - good food, good fun – 6 miles; mild temps – perfect for skating.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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April 8, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Quattro Cats Kick It North

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 04/08/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic text about and linking to YouTube video of Some highlights from the June 13, 2011 Monday Night Skate, with Howling Wolf's 'Do the Do' as the Background music. Shows skating along the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Graphic link to YouTube movie of skaaters speeding into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

A new skate description and Google Map by Brian. Recent movies of skating in places we skated tonight, but no new photos or movies.

Bernie, Morgan, Gus and I showed up to skate and we chose to skate north to the rec trail access for the Main Drainage Canal with the idea that since there was a strong wind blowing from the north we would benefit from having a tailwind for our return leg of the skate. Ahhh – the best laid-plans of mice and men…

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 04/08/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Link to Some highlights from the June 13, 2011 Monday Night Skate, with Howling Wolf's 'Do the Do' as the Background music. Shows skating along the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade... 3: Graphic link to YouTube movie of skaters speeding into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA.

Per our standard northern skate we traveled west on S St; turn north on 2nd to cross over I-5 on the “DB” (Dave’s Bridge) and we paused momentarily at the river overlook to ponder the “Locks of Love”. Formerly, there was writing on the handrail explaining the pseudo-art project occurring here – but graffiti is graffiti and the explanation has been covered over. My limited search on the Internet returned only links to the Locks of Love donation program for disadvantaged juvenile medical hair loss patients. My understanding of this charity is it is a noble and true cause – check out their website here: http://www.locksoflove.org/. As for the urban street art “LOL” we will just have to see what transpires at the river overlook…

graphic letter We continued north on the promenade; crossed Capitol Mall connected with Neasham Circle to Old 1st/2nd St; cruised to the northern extent of Old Sac where we looped around the back side of the California Rail Museum. Now we noticed the “detour” notice as we skated around the building, we noticed the “closure” notice but being that we are rebel skaters we skated on through to our normal connection point to the recreation trail at the abutment of the I St Bridge where a State Park ranger who was working security some type of soiree at the museum informed us we were trespassing and would have to cease and desist our activity of crossing the railroad tracks/easement and go back to I or J St and cross there. The Rebels got beat down by da’ Man! Needless to say this was a disappointment but we just rolled (no pun intended) with the punches and reversed our course; when to I St and crossed the dirt and rock strewn path to the rec trail.

On the rec trail we skated north; crossed through the Matsui Plaza at the Sacramento Water Intake Facility; arched around Tiscornia Park and cruised through Discovery Park to our connection to Garden Hwy. We skated west on GH to Gateway Oaks Dr; then turned west on River Plaza Dr. We skated the length of RPD to the recreation trail access point at the west extent. We regrouped here and started our return leg, mostly a reverse of the outgoing leg but at our return through Old Sac we skated out by way of I St.

graphic letter We skated I St east to 10th St, where Morgan broke off to continue to his office building where he had his bicycle. With an 11 mile bike ride Morgan was getting more than his daily recommend dose of physical activity – Roll On Morgan!

Bernie, Gus and I meandered the downtown streets to return to the start point at 3rd and S St. Gus called it a night and Bernie and I headed over to Del Taco at Alhambra and K St. Good food at a good price! Livin’ like kings!

graphic letter Well, let’s do the numbers: 10.3 miles, strong winds but for most of the skate we were shielded from the brunt of the blast, temperature somewhere above 40 F but less than 50 F; good fun, good conversation – another perfect skate!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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April 1, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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April Fools Skate North

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 04/01/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Steve and Brian posing in Old Sacramento on the February 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

A new skate description and Google Map by Brian. Recent photos, but no new photos.

Ahhhh, let’s see Bernie, Gus and I showed up to skate on April 1st. Three fools in paradise…

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 04/01/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Steve and Brian posing in Old Sacramento on the February 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We chose a skate to the north to enjoy the recreation trail and stay off the streets. So heading west on S St we skated to 2nd St; crossed over I-5 on “Dave’s Bridge” – the DB and continued north on the Sacramento River Promenade to its connection to Capitol Mall at the approach/exit of the Tower Bridge. We crossed into Old Sac; skated Neasham Cir to 2nd St and continued north to the back side of the California Railroad Museum where we had to peck our way through the construction zone to our reconnection to the recreation trail.

Crossing under the historic I St Bridge, we continued north on the rec trail; through the Matsui Plaza at the Sac Water Intake Facility; slowly arced past Toscornia Park to the Discovery Park entrance were we paused momentarily before continuing on the Twin Rivers Trail to the east.

graphic letter We passed the derelict hulk of the old Rusty Duck Restaurant as we skated eastward toward the business park that straddles N 7th St and N 5th St. The loop road that connects the two main streets in the park appears to have been name “Riverine” or something similar…. We didn’t really pay attention we were too busy skating down the nice incline that connects to N 5th St – whether you skate it straight or slalom it is a great ride.

This was Gus’ first visit to this business park area so we skated back up the incline to skate over to the connection to N 7th St where we skated down into the park proper and found new construction occurring – a central fountain/water feature is being constructed in the round-about.

graphic letter We continued south on N 7th to Richards Blvd and skated into the Light Rail Station to check out the “Words of Wisdom” written in the lintel blocks of the station walls – check ‘em out next time you are standing in the station.

Southbound on N 7th we skated into the Alkali Flat Section of Sac; turned east for couple of blocks; connected with 10th and cut through downtown; turned west at N St. Mid-block 7th and 8th on N St we took the “underground” to cross under N St, skate the length of the state office building to its outlet on O St.

graphic letter We skated through the Capitol Towers residence area to connect with 5 th St and meandered 4 or 5 blocks and 2 blocks west to return to our start point on S St.

graphic letter We packed our gear and bods into our petroleum combustors and drove to KFC at Capitol and Alhambra for our après-skate food and conversation. Good food, good friends and good fun – lets do the numbers: 6.4 miles, temperatures in the high 40’s, no wind – perfect conditions for a perfect skate.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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March 25, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Five Roll South – Loop the Zoo and Park

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 03/18/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offerring pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve, Brian, and Amon pausing and talking in West Sacramento on the March 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Amon and Morgan posing near KFC at Capitol and Alhambra on the March 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

This week: A new documented Google Map with statistics by Brian, three photos from recent skates above, and a colorful write up by Brian below:

Bernie, Morgan, Gordon and I showed up to skate on 3/25 and we were greeted with great conditions and a wonderful visit from Mark, who is finishing up his physics doctorate program at UC Merced. We chose to skate a loop around William Land Park.
Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 03/25/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offering pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve, Brian, and Amon pausing and talking in West Sacramento on the March 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Amon and Morgan posing near KFC at Capitol and Alhambra on the March 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

Per our standard south loop we skated west on S St, turned north on 2nd where we crossed over I-5 on “Dave’s Bridge”; at the rec trail access we skated south to Broadway and the Miller Park Marina.

Into Miller Park we skated the main west parking lot to the marina overlook where we skated past a few skunks as we connected to the marina perimeter sidewalk. A quick semi-circumnavigation of the marina brought us to the Front Street parking lot where we paused before skating out onto the beat up Marina Dr to take us south to the rec trail access point.

On the levee we made great time skating the smooth asphalt. At the Sutterville Road access point we paused momentarily then continued east toward William Land Park and the Zoo. At South Land Park we skated north along the east edge of the Zoo and at the main entrance we crossed over South Land Park; crossed into William Land Park where we meandered through on 15th Ave to Park Drive; turned north; skated through the heart of Land Park skirting the western edge McClatchy High as we crossed through California Middle School to connect with Marty Way that lead us north to Broadway where we paused at beautiful Tower Theater.

After checking the coming attractions, we left the theater and skated west on Broadway to Riverside/11th St. We skated a few blocks north and came upon a vehicle stranded partially in an intersection. The driver had run out of gas. Fortunately, she had the assistance of a Good Samaritan who had gone for gasoline. We provided some lighting from our lights to assist the refueling operation. She needed additional assistance with a jump start and a wonderful resident in the area provided the jumper cables and the battery power. The karma of the world was increased many times over.

Morgan broke off from the group at S St and 11th to continue his trip home via skates and bicycle. The rest of us finished the skate (~7.5 miles and perfect weather) and drove over to the Coyote Tap House at 14 th and H. We have been to the CTH a few times in the last weeks and have found their menu very eclectic and the food quite good.

Our après-skate conversation ranged over many topics and Bernie, Gordon and Mark were very accommodating to listen to my crazy ramblings about “engi-lution” as opposed to evolution. What can I say? These guys are great skaters and great listeners!!!

As I mentioned earlier, we were so pleased to have Mark join us – he is a wonderful young man and he finishing his studies at UC Merced; working on some light-weight technology involving “quantum dots” and “quantum computing”. :-) Mark is a genuinely nice person, a real renaissance man and someone to keep an eye on. Best of luck to you, Mark – Oppenheimer, Fermi, Feynman ain’t got nuttin’ on you!

Mark Kerfoot will be giving a talk at CSUS on May 2, follow the link for details: http://www.csus.edu/physics/events/colloquia.html

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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March 18, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Trio Treks To 2020

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 03/18/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offerring pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve, Brian, and Amon pausing and talking in West Sacramento on the March 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Amon and Morgan posing near KFC at Capitol and Alhambra on the March 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

This week: A new documented Google Map with statistics by Steve, two new photos from recent skates above on the right. and a colorful write up by Brian below:

Steve, Bernie and I were the skaters on the Monday Night Skate on 3/18/13. Bernie suggested we skate to the Northgate area and check out a very large parking lot that he recently discovered.
Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 03/18/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offering pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve, Brian, and Amon pausing and talking in West Sacramento on the March 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Amon and Morgan posing near KFC at Capitol and Alhambra on the March 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate.

Our skate started mid-block 3rd and 4th on S St and went west to 2nd St; turned north and continued up the slight incline to cross "Dave's Bridge" over I-5 to the Sacramento River Promenade where we turned north and skated the beautiful concrete strand to Capitol Mall where we crossed into Old Sac. We skated Neasham Circle to its connection to Old 2nd St; turned north and skated through the quiet tourist environs of Old Sac to the back side of the California Railroad Museum. We "hiked" our way through the construction area gravel and dirt (terrible way to treat our skates' bearings and wheels) to connect with the recreation trail at the I St Bridge.

Skating north on the rec trail we passed by the silent remains of the old sanitation pump house as we continued to the Matsui Plaza at the new water intake facility; after a quick stop for water we rolled on, passing the old electrical generation, passed by Tiscorna Park to arrive at the Jibboom St entrance of Discovery Park. We stopped momentarily then continued into Disco Park and crossed through the park on Natomas Park Dr to the park's northern entrance/exit at Garden Hwy. We continued over Garden Hwy on Natomas Park Dr and skated its length to its connection/entrance into the very large business park that is sited at the pocket between West El Camino, I-5, and Garden Hwy.

This business park parking lot turned out to be a very large expanse of beautiful, smooth asphalt. We skated the lot checking out the various buildings - the 2020 building which is a very striking structure (illuminated with its vanity lighting) caught our attention and we circled to investigate its features and discovered it is presently unoccupied. The lower floor look like they would make a perfect skating emporium. So if the owners want to work out a deal with us, we can set up rave-type skates and they can pick up a little pocket change until they get the space leased out.

graphic letter We skated over to the KVIE studio building and had the distinct pleasure of talking to two late-night employees at the station. We continued the skate by circling the lot then connected to West El Camino Ave that took us to Truxel Rd where we skated south back to its intersection with Garden Hwy.

graphic letter We reversed our outgoing path through Discovery Park and the rec trail to the Matsui Plaza. Steve suggested we take the Jibboom St overcrossing/bridge and skate through the Amtrak station parking lot then skate the downtown streets. This route would allow us to avoid the construction zone morass on the back side of the Cal Rail Museum.

Our climb up the north side ramp of the Jibboom St Bridge was rewarded by the awesome, free-wheeling downhill blast going into the Amtrak station. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We cut through the lot and skated out onto I St; connected to 5th St; skated south through the Downtown Plaza; meandered the remaining distance between the plaza and our start point on S St to finish the skate shortly after 9:15.

graphic letter We packed our gear; drove to the Coyote Tap House at 14th and H St for après-skate grub and conversation. Steve's initial data showed our skate was a 10 miler so with the beautiful weather, great conversation and food I'll chalk this up as a perfect skate.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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March 11, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

We skated east on Capitol to Alhambra. Then we circled McKinley Park (and we returned)!

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 02/25/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Steve and Brian posing in Old Sacramento on the February 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

No new photos; my AT&T DSL is so slow I cannot upload photos to Flickr.

Amon, Morgan, and I skated tonight. As suggested and largely led by Morgan, we skated east on Capitol Mall to the State Capitol. Then we skated south around the Capitol on N Street. We continued east past the Capitol on N Street. Later we skated north to Capitol Avenue, which we skated east to Alhambra Boulevard.

Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 02/25/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Steve and Brian posing in Old Sacramento on the February 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We next skated north on Alhambra to McKinley Boulevard. We then skated around McKinley Park, returning west on H Street.

graphic letter We continued skating west on H, till we were again downtown. Around 10th Street, Morgan peeled off to ride his bicycle home. Amon and I continued skating back to our 3d and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated about 6 miles. Great weather; we even had light for the first 25 minutes. Great skating and great companionship!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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March 4, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Four Skate West Sac & Loop Raley Field

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 03/04/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offerring pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

No new photos, yet. A new documented Google Map with statistics by Steve.

Bernie, Amon, Steve and I skated on 3/04/13. The conditions were perfect; light winds, 40 degrees and clear skies. We skated west to cross over I-5 via “Dave’s Bridge”; continued north on the Sacramento River Promenade to the Tower Bridge where we crossed the placid, dark waters of the Sacramento River . On the West Sac side of the river we skated the smooth concrete incline of the sidewalk paralleling Tower Bridge Gateway.
Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 01/21/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offering pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets - as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

At 5th St we skated south into the Raley Field ballpark complex. The streets and sidewalks are smooth and well-lit. We cooled our wheels at the box office plaza of the ballpark then continued south along 5th St. At Bridge St we turned east for about a hundred yards, turned south on Central St which tees with the wonderful Garden Park Circle. We skated around the circle then cooled our wheels for a few minutes at the wonderful granite park benches and tables in the middle of the Garden Park .

graphic letter We got rolling again to the south and Amon suggested we skate down 5 th St to his place of employment; the building sits near 15th St. We turned back north, reversing our course to start our return trek. At 5th and Mill St we turned east; skated the length of Mill St and continued onto the River Walk Rec Trail. The RWRT runs parallel to the Sac River and took us back past Raley Field to the Tower Bridge Gateway.

graphic letter We turned east; crossed back over the Sac Rive on the Tower Bridge; turned south on the Sac Promenade where we reversed our outbound route to return to our start point at 3 rd and S. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter WWe finished the skate around 8:30 so we stepped over to Vallejo ’s for après-skate grub and conversation. I’m estimating the distance we skated at 4.3 miles (Steve’s Google Map will tell the truth) - the food was great and the conversation engaging, with perfect weather; chalk this up as a perfect skate.For more information about tonight's skate, see Steve's Google Map, linked to above.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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February 25, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

B & B go North

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 02/25/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Steve and Brian posing in Old Sacramento on the February 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

No new photos. Another great narrative and well documented Google Map by Brian.

Bernie, and I showed up to skate on 2/25 and we decided to take a north side loop through Discovery Park returning through downtown on North 7th Street via the 12th St Bridge.
Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 02/25/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Steve and Brian posing in Old Sacramento on the February 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We started the skate per standard protocol – skating west to 2 nd St; crossing the I-5 chasm on “Dave’s Bridge”; turned north on the Sac River Promenade; crossed Capitol Mall at the Tower Bridge; entered Old Sac on Neasham; skated north to the Cal State Rail Museum. Construction is still in progress on the backside of the museum and severely impeded our access to the recreation trail. We carefully plodded through the dirt and gravel morass to reach the rec trail at the I St Bridge and the river.

Once on the recreation trail we made excellent time, skirting along the side of Jibboom St, crossing through the water intake facility plaza (Matsui Waterfront Park), arcing eastward at Tiscornia Park and regrouping at the entrance gate of Discovery Park at the Jibboom St. Bridge. We crossed over the river and meandered through the park to reconnect with the rec trail on the north bank of the American River.

The air temps were cool along the river yet we made good time along the trail; pausing momentarily at the maintenance road access just east of Truxel Road then we continued eastward. We looped around to the Northgate Blvd connection to Del Paso Blvd, turned west to cross the 12th St Bridge. As we headed up onto the bridge we paused at the Camp Pollock overlook to check out the view. Bernie took a minute to take a photo of “Cat Ballou”: a cool cat sitting in an old tree at the base of the bridge abutment. Either “CB” had its fur fluffed out in response to the cold temperatures or it was a well fed cat…

graphic letter We looped the recreation trail to the new business park straddling N 7th and N 5th Streets. A quick skated down the smooth incline connected us to N 5th then to Richards. We turned east on Richards and skated past the light rail station to N 7th; crossed Richards and continued south on N 7 to skate toward downtown. Upon entering the Mission Flats district we turned east on G. At G and 10th we turned south.

Bernie and I continued down 10th to K St. We turned west on K; skated to 9th St; turned south on 9th and meandered back to 3rd and S St. We packed our gear and bods into my car and shot over to KFC at Capitol and Alhambra for some eleven herbs and spices. Good food – good fun!

Let us do the numbers: 9.6 miles, air temperature mid to low 40s, no wind, clear skies – overall, a perfect night for a perfect skate.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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February 18, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Dos Coyotes Roam South to the Zoo and Land Park

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 02/18/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Steve and Brian posing in Old Sacramento on the February 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

One new photo - from last week. Another great narrative by Brian. Another well documented Google Map by Brian.

Bernie and I showed up for the skate on a cool and windy evening. The weather definitely was turning and storms were predicted to blow in by early Tuesday morning. We had to get the skate on …
Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 02/18/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Steve and Brian posing in Old Sacramento on the February 11, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We decided to take a run down South on the Sac river levee. West on S St to 2nd and with a crossing of “Dave’s Bridge” got us to the recreation trail where we turned south and skated the short length to Broadway and the marina entrance. We skated back east, down a short incline on Broadway, to the corner of Front St; skated south and connected with the marina access road. As I have mentioned before (and will probably always mention it J) the marina road is the worst length of asphalt to curse the MNS. Its potholes and surface checking get worse every year and the parking lot/boat ramp area deteriorates at an equal rate – all to make us evermore thankful for the smooth asphalt on the rec trail on the river levee – our El Camino Real.

Bernie and I made good time going south even with a steady and strong head wind and at the trail access point at Sutterville Road we turned east and continued on Sutterville to Land Park. We turned north on Land Park; skated to the crosswalk in front of the zoo and crossed to the east side of Land Park; cut through William Land Park via Park Ave and 18th St. North on 18th to 10th Ave to 17th St with a cut through the California Middle School campus brought us to Mandy Way and we meandered to its connection with Land Park Dr; behold - the Tower Theater. A quick stop was made to check out the movie marquees.

graphic letter We finished up the skated by taking Broadway to 11th St/Riverside; turned north on 11th; skated to S St where we turned back west for the final shot back to our start point.

Bernie and I finished our skate at KFC at Capitol and Alhambra – the Monday Night special is $3 of chow – can’t beat it! Let’s do the numbers: 7.25 miles, strong winds, cool temps, good food, great conversation – call this a winner.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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February 11, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday night skate for 2/11/2013:
Triumphant Trio Traipses to North Side

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 02/11/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Brian & Gordon skating north on the Riverfront Promenade on the February 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

No new photos. Another great narrative by Brian. Another well documented Google Map by Steve.

Bernie, Steve, and I showed up to skate on 2/11 and we decided to take a north side loop with a return via North 7th St.
Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 02/04/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Brian & Gordon skating north on the Riverfront Promenade on the February 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Our outgoing route took us west on S to 2nd St; north to our crossing of I-5 on “Dave’s Bridge” with a connection to the recreation trail atop the Sacramento River levee; we continued north on the Promenade to the Tower Bridge and Capitol Mall. We crossed Capitol in front of the Embassy Suites Hotel; skated into Old Sac via Neashan Circle; continued to old 2nd St and skated north. At the intersection of old 2nd and old J St we had a decision to make: skate west on J and cross the rock-strewn, pot-holed, compacted-dirt morass between J and the recreation trail access or continue north on 2nd to the pedestrian ramp under the freeway and skate up onto the I St Bridge/Jibboom St overpass. Hmmm, let's review this again - do we cross the crappy, wheel-grabbing dirt minefield or skate the smooth concrete silkiness of the Jibboom St overpass and fly down at break-neck speeds on the old incline to the north side of the overpass, possibly risking hitting any number of obstructions in the partial darkness? Well, we did what any sane person would do – we chose to skate the Jibboom St overpass….

The pedestrian ramp under the freeway, though old and pitted is still better than the rugged clay moonscape in Old Sac. We rolled to the top of the overpass; paused briefly to observe the construction underway inside the freeway triangle then proceeded to take the north side ramp down to Jibboom St. As mentioned before, this ramp has a significant incline and speed can be achieved if one so desires. In the darkness, I could see Steve, in front of me carving slight “S” turns to scrub speed as he started down the ramp. I used both skates, alternately, to “T” stop to control my speed. Bernie was cooking on down the ramp as the clean-up man. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We continued on Jibboom St to the east side of Matsui Plaza at the water intake facility; skated up the inclined pedestrian ramps to the plaza proper where we found three or four street people bedding down for the night. A few laps were taken around the circular fountain area then we continued north; tracking along the gentle curvature of the Sac River as it merged with the American River at Tiscornia Park. We paused briefly at the Jibboom St Bridge entrance of Discovery Park.

graphic letter We skated eastward, hugging the American River to the new business park development at the base of the levee between N 7th and N 5th Streets then skated the inclined street that connects to N 5 th St multiple times – the street is smooth and the incline is perfect for carving turns or just pointing your skates downhill and letting gravity do its thing…

At the corner of N 5th and Richards we turned east on Richards and skated past the jewel incandescence of the Richards Light Rail Station to N 7th. We crossed Richards and continued south on N 7 to skate toward the bright, inviting lights of downtown; as we entered the outer perimeter of the Mission Flats district we turned east on G. At G and 10th we turned south. We continued south on 10th to the west side entrance of the Capitol where we took a few laps around the plaza sidewalk. After this folly, we continued south on 10th to N St; skated west to 7th; crossed over into the Capitol Towers residence complex where we glided past their shimmering pool as we skated the inter-complex sidewalk to the 5th St side of the block; skated 5th to Q; took Q west to the breezeway of the CalPERS administration complex where we skated the slalom southward to the R St side of this block.

graphic letter We emerged at the north side of the parking lot adjacent to our start point and it was a quick skate across the lot to finish is adventure. Let us do the numbers: ~7.5 miles, air temperature in the low to mid 40s, no wind, clear skies – overall, a perfect night for a perfect skate. We finished up by going for food and drink at the Coyote Tap House at 14 th and H St.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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February 4, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate 2/4/2013

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 02/04/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Brian & Gordon skating north on the Riverfront Promenade on the February 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to my 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

One new skating photo by Bernie. And another narrative and superbly documented Google Map by Brian. Bernie, Gordon and I showed to skate on 2/4 and we chose a loop to the north side of town toward the Gateway Oaks business park.
Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 02/04/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Brian & Gordon skating north on the Riverfront Promenade on the February 4, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to Bernie's 8 minute 44 second YouTube video on the murder of President Kennedy by President LBJ and the CIA. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We skated west from 3 rd and S to 2nd St; crossed over I-5 on “Dave’s Bridge” to connect with the Promenade atop the Sac River levee where we moved northward skirting the perimeter of downtown, cutting through the small plaza area at the nexus of Front and O Streets. We continued on our concrete ribbon to the Tower Bridge where we paused in front of the Embassy Suites Hotel waiting for a clear crossing of Capitol Mall to enter Old Sac.

graphic letter We snaked through the uncharacteristically empty 2nd St. of Old Town; due to construction on the backside of the California Railroad Museum we turned west on I St; trundled across the rugged, pebbled, muddied decomposed granite “De-Macadamized Zone” between Front and the rec trail access then continued north on the trail.

graphic letter We skated on the trail through the Matsui Plaza at the Sacramento Water Intake Facility; past Tiscornia Park; crossed over the Jibboom St Bridge into Discovery Park. A quick crossing of the park brought us to the north side entrance of the park. We continued west on the recreation trail along the Garden Hwy; turned north on Gateway Oaks Dr then turned east on west on River Plaza Dr.

graphic letter We skated to the end of River Plaza to the North Main Drainage Canal recreation trail access point. The time was around 8:30 so we chose to turn back around and head back. Our path back was generally a reverse of the path out except we crossed back into Old Sac by going on the north side of the Rail Museum – picking out a path through the construction zone. Neither path we used – in or out of Old Sac – provided a smooth course. The detour will not be removed until the construction is completed…

graphic letter WWe finished the skate, packed our gear and headed over to the Coyote Tap House at 801 14th St (formerly, Brew It Up) for après-skate food. The CTH has an eclectic menu and we found the food and service very good.

Final numbers: 9.13 miles, great weather, great food…

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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January 28, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate of 1/28/2013

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 01/28/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offerring pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

No new photos, just a new map. Bernie and I showed up to skate on 1/28 – Dos Amigos, B and B, the lone riders of the western plain, the last real skaters, lone defenders of truth… ahh, yeah – let’s get back to reality. Bernie and I met mid-block 3 rd and 4 th on S St; chose a southward skate loop to and through William Land Park.
Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 01/28/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offering pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets - as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We got rolling around 7:20 pm; skating west on S St. to the Sacramento River; crossed “Dave’s Bridge” over I-5; turned south on the recreation trail; at Broadway we skated west to enter Miller Park via Marina View Drive. The feral cats were out en masse as were the skunks with their tails raised high in warning. Bernie and I navigated the risky waters of the perimeter sidewalk of the marina; avoided getting sprayed by the “striped cats” and continued to Miller Park Circle.

The rough surface of the south end of Miller Park Circle rattled us and thankfully we soon connected with the continuation of the recreation trail on the river levee. This smooth highway of asphalt extends ~1.3 miles to Sutterville Road where we turned east. We took a quick regrouping at the corner of Sutterville and Land Park Drive. North on LPD; turned east on 15 th Ave; meandered through the park to Park Rd and continued north.

graphic letter We left the north side of the park and twisted through the neighborhood to California Middle School; cut through the campus; continued north to Marty Way. Marty Way brought us out to Land Park and the front plaza of the Tower Theater. We took a minute or two to review the marquees.

graphic letter We skated west on Broadway, turned north on Riverside; connected to 11 th St then turned west on S St to finish the 7 blocks back to our original start point. We packed our gear and bods into my car and headed over to KFC at Capitol and Alhambra for a little après-skate food and conversation. Overall, the conditions were perfect: high 40’s, no wind to mention, clear skies and little leaves and debris on the streets.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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January 21, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday night skate for 1/21/2013:
Steve and Bernie skate American River Parkway north, return on 7th Street.

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 01/21/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offerring pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

No new photos, just a new map. Steve and I showed up to skate on 1/21 and we decided to take another north side loop on the American River Parkway, returning downtown via 7th Street. Brian wanted to skate with us, but I could not find my cell phone with his 'wait for me' message.
Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 01/21/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offering pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets - as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We started off by skating north on 3rd Street, west on Dave's Bridge over I5, and north on the the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. At Capitol, we crossed north into Old Sacramento. Heading north on Second Street, we skated onto the ramp leading to the I Street Bridge. At the top of this ramp, we skated north and downhill onto Jibbon. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We crossed Jibbon onto the American River Parkway. When we got to the Discovery Park Bridge, we branched right on the newer version of the American River Parkway. After over a mile, we skated south on Riverview. There is some smooth pavement here without traffic. We enjoyed as we skated around and south.

Soon we were crossing Richard's Boulevard on 7th Street and heading back to our 3rd and S starting point.

graphic letter We reached 3rd and S at about 8:30, so we had food and drink at Vallejo's. For more information about tonight's skate, see Steve's Google Map, linked to above.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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January 14, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday night skate for 1/14/2013:
Inline Quartet Checks Out the North Side

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 01/14/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offerring pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Morgan, Bernie, Amon, and I showed up to skate on 1/14 and we decided to take another north side loop with a slight variation from last week’s skate – we would pop over the Jibboom St Bridge and skate part through Discovery Park and return on North 7 th Street coming from the 12 th St Bridge direction.
Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 01/14/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of Amon offerring pomegranate mints to Morgan, Brian, and me at the Rose of Lima Skating Rink on the January 14, 2013 Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets - as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of the Old Sacramento Christmas Tree as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We traveled north to Q St and turned east. At 7th St we went north to our first stop at the Downtown Ice Rink at St. Rose of Lima Plaza. The conditions were perfect for ice skating: the temps were somewhere in the mid to low 30s, no wind and the rink looked like it was well groomed. There was a large contingent of skaters enjoying the fun and a few hot doggers were cutting in and out of traffic with excellent skillz…

graphic letter We bid the “ice capades” adieu and skated north on 7th to I St where we turned back west to skate to the Amtrak Station and our crossing point under the downtown freeway exchanges. The pedestrian access ramp has a few switchbacks as it snakes downward into Old Sac – watch your speed and don’t tangle up your skates or you can end up like I did – testing the compressive strength of your rib cage against the steel hand rails – I now have first hand knowledge of bruised ribs – it ain’t fun!!!

Due to the construction occurring on the back side of the Rail Museum we had to take a detour to the connection to the recreation trail. We carefully plodded across the compacted clay and decomposed granite between the Old Sac I St and the river.

Once on the recreation trail we made excellent time, skirting along the side of Jibboom St, crossing through the water intake facility plaza (Matsui Waterfront Park), arcing eastward at Tiscornia Park and regrouping at the entrance gate of Discovery Park at the Jibboom St. Bridge. We crossed over into Disco Park, skated east to the access point for the recreation trail just under the freeway overcrossing and skated into the cool dark environs of the north side river trail. The air temp was noticeably cooler along this side of the river – keep moving or feel the bite!

graphic letter We looped around to the Northgate Blvd connection to Del Paso Blvd, turned west to cross the 12 th St Bridge. As we headed up onto the bridge we paused at the Camp Pollack overlook to check out the view. Our reverie was shattered by the distinct scent of odorized natural gas. Looking down off the bridge two PG&E pipelines are clearly visible in the vicinity. Hmmm should gas be smelled in this area? We didn’t know the answer to this or any other question that could have been posed so we did the only thing we knew to do – keep skating. I would call the PG&E leak hotline later to report the gas smell (the hotline staff proved to be very attentive and professional). Was there a leak? I don’t know but they said they would check it out. As we crossed over to the downtown side of the river we noticed a group of two or three people under the bridge on the west bank with a small fire going – with the knowledge of the smelling gas on the other side of the bridge we passed a few crazy comments between ourselves – “ those guys could have a hot time on the other side”, etc, etc. What can I say? We are great guys – bad comedians….

graphic letter We looped the recreation trail the new business park straddling N 7th and N 5th Streets. We skated N 5th to Richards; turned east on Richards and skated past the light rail station to N 7th. We crossed Richards and continued south on N 7 to skate toward the bright, inviting lights of downtown; as we entered the outer perimeter of the Mission Flats district we turned east on G. At G and 10 th we turned south and Morgan broke off from us at the G/H alley to go get his bike for his 11 mile ride home

Amon, Bernie and I continued down 10th to K St. We turned west on K; skated to 7th St; turned south on 7th and meandered back way of R St to the start point at 3rd and S. Let us do the numbers: 10 miles, air temperature mid to high 30s, no wind, clear skies – overall, a perfect night for a perfect skate. We finished up by going for food and drink at Willies on 16th and Broadway.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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January 7, 2013

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

First Skate of 2013!

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 01/07/2013 Monday Night Skate. Graphic Link to a larger photo of 'Delta Trail' and 'Sacramento River Parkway' beautiful, reflective signs now posted on the traffic control gates on the American River Parkway - as seen on the Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Gus's - I'D RATHER BE ROLLER SKATING - License Plate as seen on the December 31, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie, Morgan and I kicked off the premier skate of 2013 with a loop to a new business park on the north end of N. 7th St.
Above: 1: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 01/07/2013 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to a larger photo of 'Delta Trail' and 'Sacramento River Parkway' beautiful, reflective signs now posted on the traffic control gates on the American River Parkway - as seen on the Monday Night Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Gus's - I'D RATHER BE ROLLER SKATING - License Plate as seen on the December 31, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We took one of our normal routes to the recreation trail by heading west on S St. to “Dave’s Bridge” to cross over I-5. We connected to the recreation trail on the Sacramento River levee (River Promenade) and skated north at the Capitol Mall intersection (Tower Bridge) we crossed over into Old Sac. With a quick jaunt east on Neashan we connected to 2nd St (Old Sac 2nd) and continued north.

graphic letter We skated west at J St; crossed the messy, muddy path to reconnect to the recreation trail on the river levee and continued skating north. The trail arcing along the river’s edge, carried us to the Matsui Park at the Sacramento Water Intake Facility. After a quick regrouping here, we continued on the trail to the Discovery Park entrance. We discovered the trail has been designated the “Delta Trail” with beautiful, reflective signs now posted on the traffic control gates – cool! See above for a graphic link to a larger photo of 'Delta Trail' and 'Sacramento River Parkway' beautiful, reflective signs now posted on the traffic control gates on the American River Parkway - as seen on the Monday Night Skate.

Eastward on the trail we continued to the new business park at the north end of N. 7th St. The streets are still closed to vehicle traffic so we took advantage of the situation and skated around a great concrete round-about just enjoying the perfect skate surface. After a few laps we started our return leg of the skate heading down N. 7th St. A quick regroup at the light rail station at Richards Blvd was taken then we crossed Richards.

N 7th St brought us into the north edge of the city and we turned onto F St; took this a few blocks east to 10th where Morgan broke off to go to his office building; get his bike and take an 11 mile ride home (the guy is an animal). Bernie and I continued south on 10th turned east at K St and took a gander over to the Crest Theater to check out the movie marquees.

Our final leg finished up with our skate west on K St to 7th St; south on 7th; west on R St; south on 4th St with a crossing through the parking lot at S St.

graphic letter We packed our gear and bods into my car and headed over to Willie’s at 16th and Broadway to grab some after skate eats. We solved all the world’s problems in 30 minutes or less and called it a night. The final stats: 6.2 +/- miles, perfect weather, great fun and good eats!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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