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2005 Monday Night Skates (Leaving 3rd & S at 7:00 p.m.)

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December 26, 2005

musical note Surfing USA
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Skaters and Christmas lights on the December 12, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Christmas lights on the December 12, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. graphic letter Who knows who showed up to skate? I was visiting my mother and relatives in Riversided, CA, and Brian was also out of town.

Bernie

December 19, 2005

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

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Bernie and I discussed the conditions of the streets downtown around 6 pm and they were still wet and littered with leaves and broken branches so the skate was called as a rain-out.

Weather permitting, next week the skate will continue. Bernie will be traveling but I should be skating. So until then...

Keep skatin'

Brian

December 12, 2005

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Skaters and Christmas lights on the December 12, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Christmas lights on the December 12, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Gordon, Steve and I showed up to skate on 12/12/05. The skies were clear and the weather was a bit warmer than last week. Steve and Gordon decided on a T St and 53 rd St. skate to check out the Christmas lights. This area in town really goes all out with the lights and decorations. We skated S St. to Stockton Blvd then crossed over to T St.

Our first stop was the house on 51 St. just before the Hwy 50 over crossing, Steve and Gordon check out the total yard display (Photo on left.). We continued over to the 53 St. loop where virtually the entire neighborhood is plugged in and illuminated (Photo on right.).

Steve took us out to a couple of houses on 59 th St. and 60 th St. and we started to meander our way back toward downtown. Meander is the keyword here – our route ended up taking us to 14 th Ave., 14 th to Stockton Blvd, Stockton to 12 th Ave., 12 th to MLK Jr. Blvd, MLK back to 12 th Ave, then 12 th over the Hwy 99 to Sutterville Road.

We skated Sutterville to E. Pacific Ave and went south to Wilmington Ave. Somewhere in this area, Steve located a house that he knew was highly decorated. We checked out their lights and started to head back.

Our return was through Curtis Park to connect with 24 th St. and we took 24 th north to S St. S St. back west to the parking lot completed the skate. We covered about 13 miles but for quite a bit of the skate we were standing checking out lights! Vallejo’s was closed by the time we finished, Gordon called it a night, Steve and I went over to Willie’s just off Broadway near the Tower Theater and had some of their fine cuisine – bring on the garlic, onions and chili!

graphic letter With the weather willing, our skate on 12/19 should have great lights to check out.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

December 5, 2005

musical note Surfing USA
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Steve and Gordon (front) skate through the aviary at CalPERS on the December 5, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

Skating tonight was Steve, Bernie, Gordon and I. We decided on a skate toward CSUS to check out the early Christmas light displays.

graphic letter We first skated north through the aviary at CalPERS (See photo.).

Skating north we ended up on Q St. and we skated east to Alhambra. Gordon mentioned the lighting display on the water tank that dominates the skyline in this area, so we skated over to check it out. The lights that appear to be blue neon “cracks” actually form a stylistic representation of the watershed to distribution system for Sacramento’s water supply.

An impromptu discussion on the merits of this art followed. I think it will be “must see”
feature of Sacramento if it remains. I don’t know if the other guys fully support me on this…

Our skate continued north on Alhambra and we wrapped around McKinley Park to McKinley Blvd. We skated east on McKinley to 39 th St./D St. D St. connects with Elvas and we skated Elvas to H St, H St. to Carlson Dr and the entrance to CSUS.

The return route was by M St. to Alhambra, Alhambra to Capitol and various meandering paths back to the parking lot at 3 rd and S St.

Our loop was a little over 12 miles. Vallejo’s was closed by the time we finished so we went to Ernesto’s for a little different flavor.

If good weather prevails, the next couple of weeks should be good for checking out Christmas light displays – I’ll see everyone next week.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

November 28, 2005

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

graphic letter waining. graphic letter waining. graphic letter waining.

No skate this evening - rain fell continuously, leaving the streets wet and slippery. I called Bernie, from Rancho Cordova at 5:30pm to get an update on the conditions in mid-town and the rain was still falling.
So we called this a rain day and we will try for a Monday Night Skate next week. Wet surfaces and wet leaves make for very slippery surfaces to skate on and we are generally skating for fun and not punishment.

This has been a cold storm so there is probably some snow falling up at the higher elevations for those who ski. We can always use the water and snow (there is the silver lining to the cancelled skate).

Hopefully, we have good conditions next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

November 21, 2005

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Steve, Mark, and Brian pause at CalPERS on the the November 21, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

Gordon, Bernie, Alejandra, Steve, and Brian pose at Vallejo's after the the November 21, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Lena. Skating tonight was Steve, Bernie, Mark, Gordon and I.
Gordon suggested a Natomas skate and we had agreement on this route.

First we skated north to P Street and the new addition to the CalPERS building (See photo on left.). We then skated further north on 7 th St. to K St. and checked out the St. Rose of Lima ice skating rink. The ice looked nice and dry and the skaters seemed to be having a great time. We, the free bird skaters, not trapped by the constraints of the ice rink, continued our skate.

graphic letter W e skated further north on 7th Street to North 7 th St. and took this to Richards, Richards to the N. 12 St. Bridge and the bridge over the American River to the Northgate Blvd connection of the multi-use trail. The multi-use trail took us over to the Garden Hwy. Crossing over Garden Hwy we meandered over to W. El Camino Blvd. Skating west we connected with Dorine Way, Brunswick and Mende Way. Eventually, we connected with Pebblewood Way and took this west, crossing Truxel, until we reached the Bannon Slough greenbelt.

We skated the recreation trail through this area south until we connected with Natomas Park Dr. Natomas Park Dr. tees with the Garden Hwy at the southern entry/exit to Discovery Park.

We skated through the park to the main entry/exit and continued south on the trail on the Sacramento River levee. Our return was through Old Town and then 8 th St. to R St. and then 4 th St. back to the start point at the parking lot at 3 rd and S. This skate was about an 11 mile loop.

Four of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo’s (See photo on right.). The conditions were perfect for skating – we’ll take the nice weather for as long as it lasts!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

November 14, 2005

musical note Surfing USA
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Steve's new rear light on the the November 14, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Mark, Steve and I skated tonight. We warmed up in the parking lot at 3rd and S for about 15 minutes. Mark was working on his backward cross-overs. He is starting to get the hang of it. I tried to get a photo of Steve's new rear light display but my camera is still the sorry little cheapy and the result is more abstract art...(See photo.)

Steve suggested a skate through Discovery Park and then along the Jedidiah Smith multi-use trail. The weather was strangely warm yet windy so skating in a semi-windblocked area sounded good. We skated over to the Sacramento River levee and took the promenade sidewalk to Old Town. Steve led us on an unconventional path through Old Town - don't ask, I won't tell.

The skate on the multi-use trail was great. The air temp was probably in the high 70s, with no clouds and a near full moon, the conditions were really good. We took the pedestrian bridge over to 20th & C St. Steve continued to lead the skate back through midtown, jumping large leaf piles (and making it look easy).

Mark and I skipped the aerial moves :-)

graphic letter W e meandered through Capitol Park and arrived back at our starting point around 8:30pm. Steve and Mark stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

November 7, 2005

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


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Rose of Lima Ice Skating Rink on the the November 7, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Brian at Rose of Lima Ice Skating Rink on the the November 7, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

I was the only skater tonight – the weather was threatening rain but only scattered sprinklings were falling. Bernie taught a skate lesson earlier in the day so he probably was all skated out – the other skaters probably were watching Monday Night Football.
:-)

I practiced spins and turns in the parking lot until about 7:15pm and then decided to get rolling. Hey, with no one to argue with me, I decided on a CSUS skate. I went east on S St. to 9 th St. and took it north to the K St. Mall and checked out the ice rink. There were about 10 skaters on the ice - with the lights and music playing this rink is a nice little set-up. I’ll have to come back to try my hand with the ice blades (See photos.}.

Continuing my skate, I took L St. east, and at 16 St. cut over to Capitol Blvd. I continued east on Capitol to Folsom Blvd and then went north on 35 th St. This connects with L St. and I skated L east to 32 nd St., which connects with M St. M St. is a great skate and with very little traffic I moved very quickly down to Elvas and then to the parking structure at the CSUS campus. A small cloud burst threatened to soak me as I turned on to Elvas but it was very isolated and all was dry after a 1 to 2 block sprinkling.

My return skate was a reverse of my outgoing route. M St. is one of my favorite streets so I got a “two-fer” tonight.

I grabbed some food to go from Vallejo’s and called it a night. The CSUS loop is about 12 miles and the conditions were pretty good; 60+ degrees, light breeze and light traffic!

Until next week, keep skatin’

Brian

October 31, 2005

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


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Bernie, dressed as a State worker, and Mark, dressed as a physics student, poise with hand-carved pumpkins on the the October 31, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 2 skaters - Mark and myself. At 10 after 7:00 we skated to see the hand-carved pumpkins at 26th Street and 3rd Avenue.

After enjoying the pumpkins (See photo.), we skated south on 26th Street to Sutterville Road. Then we skated west on Sutterville road up up and over the bridge by Hughes Stadium. Then we were speeeeding down to Sacramento City College. WHEEE!!!

After skating through Sacramento City College, we skated west through Land Park. Then we skated north to the school on Vallejo.

After resting we skated north on Marty Street to the Tower Theater, where we looked at the posters. Next we skated west on Broadway, north on 11th Street, and west on S Street until we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated about 8 miles.

After the skate Mark and I enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Vallejo's. The weather was great, and the skate was great. I can't figure out why more people don't enjoy this fun sport and healthy exercise.

Bernie

October 24, 2005

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Brian and Bernie visit with James Dean at the Tower Theater on the October 24, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Steve.

Steve, Bernie and I showed up to skate and the conditions were perfect. The air temp was probably in the 60s and light breeze was blowing, scattered clouds were floating past a ¾ moon. After Steve finished making a wheel rotation, we decided to do a short skate and chose a loop to Sutterville Road and William Land Park.

graphic letter We skated to the Sacramento River levee and took Front St. south to the new inlet to the multi-use trail. Skating this new section is great since the asphalt is new. At Broadway the new asphalt of the multi-use trail gives way to the old, pot-holed, checkered surface that leads into Miller Park – hey, there are thorns with every rose!

Of course, Steve jumped the closed gate at the park entry, Bernie and I chose less spectacular ways of getting past the gate. We took the perimeter sidewalk of the marina south and connected with Miller Park Way, continuing south to reconnect with the multi-use trail on the levee just past the boat launch. We surprised two skunks on the short jaunt down Miller Park Way and another striped “friend” was flushed out as we skated on top of the levee. We didn’t get perfumed, either the skunks find us to be a nuisance or they can’t spray while on the run. Hopefully, it is the latter.

At Sutterville, we skated east; at Land Park Drive we went north to the Land Park Zoo entry. We skated around Land Park to 17th St. to California Middle School, then north on Marty Drive to Broadway. A quick stop was made at the Tower Theater (See photo.}. We took Broadway to Riverside/17th St. and then returned to the start point at 3rd and S. The weather and conditions were perfect for skating. This was 7 - 8 mile loop.

All three of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo’s. This coming Monday is Halloween, so I won’t be skating but Bernie mentioned he probably will be doing a “Pumpkin Run” (check out the 2004 archives for the November 1, 2004 posting to get an idea of the Pumpkin Run)and who knows maybe Captain Rollerblade will make an appearance this year! I don't think the "Nun" will show up - he has a young daughter (angel) who will be out doing a little trick-o-treating. If you wear a costume keep in mind the safety tips I posted last week and first and foremost – have fun.

Keep skatin’

Brian

October 17, 2005

musical note Surfing USA
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Gabriel and Steve at the Sac State Parking Lot on the October 10, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter W e had five skaters; Bernie, Mark, Steve, Gabriel and I, this past Monday night. The conditions were perfect for skating; a light breeze, air temp was between 60 and 70 degrees, intermittently cloudy skies and a full moon. Bernie suggested a skate that would incorporate a return by North 7th St. so we decided to skate the American River Bike Trail through Discovery Park and loop back downtown over the 12th Street Bridge.

Skating toward Discovery Park, we went through Old Sac and connected with the bike trail on the Sacramento River levee. Discovery Park was deserted as we skated to the bike trail. The full moon provided pretty good illumination of the bike trail. Bernie had his helmet light on as did I, as we skated the bike trail toward Northgate Blvd. Steve once again amazed me with his ability skate effortlessly. He was singing while skating. Singing! I was working just to breathe and Steve is singing while he skates. The full moon does have an effect on human behavior!

We skated the bike trail over to Northgate Blvd and then skated south to Del Paso Blvd and then southwest back over the American River on the Hwy160/16th St. bridge. I found the ragged edge of the bike trail with my left skate and took a tumble. Fortunately, I was wearing a full set of pads and guards so no skin was lost.

We took Richards Blvd. west to North 7th St. This street is fairly new so its surface is very nice for skating. We meandered through downtown to arrive back at the parking lot at around 8:30pm. This was a great skate, somewhere around 8 miles for the loop.

Bernie, Gabriel, Mark and Steve stayed for food at Vallejoís (See photo.). I had to leave immediately after the skate.

This coming Monday is Oct. 31 and a Halloween Skate is planned. I wonít be skating since I have a son who will want to go Trick-or-treating. Iíll be handing out goodies. So if you come out to skate consider wearing a costume but keep the following safety tips in mind: 1. Donít wear anything on your head that will obstruct your vision, masks are not a good idea. 2. Donít wear anything that will preclude you from wearing your safety gear. 3. Consider ventilation, you will be skating and active, try to plan for comfort. 4. Have fun!

I used some funny math last week when I thought the Monday after 10/17 would be the 10/31! I will be skating on 10/24 so I hope to see everyone. The Halloween skate will be next Monday, 10/31, this skate is always fun - the group normally takes a tour of various areas of mid-town and the surrounding areas that show off their creative pumpkin carving skills.

Corection to above paragrtaph:

I used some funny math last week when I thought the Monday after 10/17 would be the 10/31! I will be skating on 10/24 so I hope to see everyone. The Halloween skate will be next Monday, 10/31, this skate is always fun - the group normally takes a tour of various areas of mid-town and the surrounding areas that show off their creative pumpkin carving skills.

Keep Skatiní

Brian

Brian

October 10, 2005

Johnny Be Good
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Gabriel and Steve at the Sac State Parking Lot on the October 10, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

Skating Monday night was Gabriel, Steve and I. The CSUS campus was our chosen destination. So we skated north from the parking lot to the block bounded by Q and R and 3rd and 4th streets to check out the new CalPERS building. It is an interesting building at night, accent lighting adding deep shadows yet accentuating a central tree-form architectural art element to the west side of the entry walkway.

After observing this new building also has a nice line of lighted bollards in the entry walkway that are just waiting to be slalomed when the construction security fencing is removed, we continued the skate westward on Q St. Q took us to Alhambra and we cut south to connect with R St. R St. to Stockton and with a quick skate down Stockton we arrived at T St.

graphic letter We continued on T over to 59th St. Skating north on 59th we crossed Folsom and took 58th to M St, M St. to 62 St. and then Elvas.

We cut through to the CSUS campus at the bike path access on Elvas. We chilled at the parking structure where I took a photo of Gabriel and Steve under the orange glow of high pressure sodium lighting or proof that alien life exists (See photo.). I definitely need a new camera!

We returned by skating over to H Street and looped back to 58th St. where we turned on M St. Skating M St to Alhambra, we took Alhambra to Capitol. While stopping for traffic, Gabriel showed off his spinning skills at the corner of Capitol and 28th. Hey, a little hot-doggin’ in front of the sidewalk diners never hurts!

We took Capitol to the Capitol Park and skating through the park. Steve lead us through various paths in apartment complexes and office building atriums to get us back to 3rd and Q. Taking 3rd St. south we finished back at the parking lot.

The weather was perfect for skating. This 12 mile loop was a great skate.

All three of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo’s. Hopefully, the same conditions prevail next Monday!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

October 3, 2005

Johnny Be Good
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Gordon skates from April 18, 2005 past the Sacramento Water Intake System on the October 3, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Collage.

graphic letter We had 3 skaters show up, but only 2 decided to skate. Gordon and myself. Gordon suggested that we skate the American River Parkway to 20th Street, which we did.

First we skated north on 3rd Street, west on O Street, and north on Front Street into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated north on 2nd Street, and west when 2nd Street ended, onto the American River Parkway.

graphic letter We skated north on the American River Parkway, pausing at the Sacramento Water Intake System (See photo.). From the Sacramento Water Intake System we continued north to the bridge into Discovery Park.

Soon we were swiftly coasting over the bridge into Discovery Park (WHEEEE!!!). From Discovery Park we continued east on the American River Parkway to the 20th Street Exit.

We skated around in Downtown Sacramento. One of our stops was the Body Tribe near 21st and J. Soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated 6 to 8 miles.

After the skate I enjoyed eating and talking with Gordon at Vallejo's. He taught me about XM radio.

Bernie

September 26, 2005

Johnny Be Good
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John, Gabriel, Bernie, Charity, Brian pose near 3rd and S Parking Lot before the September 26, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Steve.

Six skaters showed up for the skate: Bernie, Steve, John, Gabriel, Charity and I (See photo.). The weather was threatening rain but we were still dry by the time our skates were on and the formalities of introductions completed (Charity was skating an inaugural skate with us). Welcome, Charity!

Thunderheads were towering to the east with visible lightning flashes and the air was warm and humid. Steve suggested we take a skate to the west to hopefully avoid any rain occurring eastward and this sounded like a good idea. We chose to skate the new bike path along the Sacramento River levee paralleling Front St. to Miller Park. A smattering of raindrops fell on us as this decision was made so we got rolling.

graphic letter With the air temperature somewhere in the seventies and the humidity at 70% to 80% and a mild breeze the conditions were pretty good, and definitely different!

graphic letter With the warm, wet smell of humid grass and ground I could have easily started to wax nostalgic of my boyhood adventures in upstate New York with similar conditions; humid deciduous forests just before a thunderstorm with ferns, lichens, and molds growing from birch, alder and maple stumps, salamanders under logs; the air thick and sweet…

graphic letter Whoa, Brian! Back to the skate! Anyway, we decided to chance the rain was not moving quickly westward and we would skate to the Sutterville Road connection of the bike trail and reassess our route. We skated north on 3rd St. to O St. and took O over to Front St and the levee. The new bike bath is about a quarter mile down Front St. We got on the new path and continued south. Lightning flashes provided an energetic light show as the sun set and the sky darkened.

graphic letter We crossed over into Miller Park. Steve once again performed a beautiful jump over the parking lot entry gate. The rest of us found non-aerial paths over and through the gate. We skated the marina perimeter sidewalk to Miller Park Way. The asphalt on Miller Park Way has really deteriorated over the years and it is the rough patch between the great surface on the new bike path and the great surface on the older bike path that stretches from the Miller Park boat launch southward to Riverside. We made good time down to Sutterville Road and decided to make this the turnaround point. Our return was the reverse of the outgoing route.

The lightning was constant during the skate but the rain held off and we were dry the whole 6 – 6.25 mile loop. Four of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo’s.

Hopefully, the conditions are good for next week’s skate!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

September 19, 2005

Johnny Be Good
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Bernie, Mark, and Steve in the 3rd and S Parking Lot before the September 19, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

graphic letter We had Steve, Gordon, Bernie, Mark, Mitchell and myself joining the skate and a trip down to William Land Park sounded just right. Mitchell had to do some adjustments to his skates while Mark practiced his backward skating. Bernie and Steve observed (See photo.), and then we got rolling.

We skated over to the Sacramento River levee at 2nd St and then proceeded south toward Miller Park. Steve and I skating ahead of the group, stopped at Broadway to regroup. But after a decent wait time and the others had not appeared he and I skated back to find out what happened. Did someone eat it big time? Alien abduction? An empty street and no sign of the skating group gave a Bermuda Triangle feel to the situation...

He and I found that a new part of the bike path has been constructed right after the abandoned train tracks crossing 2nd St. The rest of the group, being the sharp eyed guys that they are (or just real jokers), took this new path to circle around to Miller Park. The asphalt is new and very smooth!

Steve and I skated the new path to Miller Park. Where at the closed entry, Steve performed a beautiful jump over the access gate. I, being in no shape to try such a feat, stepped over the gate. Steve made the jump look easy - I need Geritol! The rest of the group had continued the normal skate along the levee and Steve and I met up with them at the Sutterville Road access point.

We skated Sutterville Road to William Land Park and took our normal route through the park on the loop road.The return trip was up Land Park Drive to Broadway. A quick stop was made at the Tower Theater.

We took Broadway to Riverside/11th St. and then returned to the start point at 3rd and S. The weather and conditions were perfect for skating. This was 7 - 8 mile loop.

Five of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

September 12, 2005

Johnny Be Good
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Steve fixes Gabriel's skate by removing a cigarette butt from a wheel near Sac State on the September 12, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 5 skaters tonight - Gabriel, Gordon, Mitchell, Steve and myself. We decided to skate to Sac State via 7th Street, Richard's Boulevard, the 12th Street Bridge, and the American River Parkway (See near Sac State photo.).

We returned on M Street, Capitol Avenue, 20th Street, and S Street. Another great skate.

I estimate we skated 10 to 12 miles.

After the skate all 5 of enjoyed food and conversation at Vallejo's.

Bernie

September 5, 2005

Johnny Be Good
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Steve, Mark, Mitchell, and Gabriel, get ready to skate in the 3rd and S Parking Lot before the August 29, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter Wow! No one showed up tonight, Labor Day. I arrived at 7:01 p.m. I left at 7:16 p.m. No skaters showed up.

I went to Vallejo's to let them know that there were no skaters this week, then I skated home.

I went north on 3rd Street, west on O Street, and north on Front Street into Old Sacramento. I then skated West on Second Street onto a Bridge that took me up and over the RailRoad Yard onto the American River Parkway. !!!WHEE!!!

I then skated east on the American River Parkway into Discovery Park.

From Discovery Park I continued skating east on the American River Parkway, exiting near Northgate to go up and over the 12th Street Bridge. !!!WHEE!!!

After skating south up and over the 12th Street Bridge ( !!!WHEE!!!), I skated west on Richard Boulevard, and south on Dos Rios and 12th Street to C Street. Skating east on C and other Streets I was soon home, after enjoying a 6 mile skate from 3rd and S Streets.

Bernie

August 29, 2005

Johnny Be Good
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Steve, Mark, Mitchell, and Gabriel, get ready to skate in the 3rd and S Parking Lot before the August 29, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

Joining the skate tonight was, John, Steve, Bernie, Gabriel, Mitchell, Mark and me. (See 3rd and S Parking Lot photo.) We chose to do a Sacramento City College skate.

Leaving the parking lot at 3rd and S we skated east on S St. Gabriel caught a rock between one of his wheels and the brake pad, thus requiring the removal of the wheel to clear the obstruction. We all eventually regrouped somewhere between 16th St. and 19th and continued skating east to 24th St.

We took 24th St. south to skate through the Curtis Park area and connect with Sutterville Road. The asphalt on 24th St. is pretty smooth so we made good time on this leg of the loop.

A detour was taken at 3rd Ave. to go over the the "fish house" at 22nd St. (?) near 3rd Avenue. We dwelled for a moment to check out the landscaping and architecture in the area then continued the skate, 4th Ave. east to 24th St., 24th to Donner Way and Donner to 26th St./W. Curtis Dr.

graphic letter We skated west on Sutterville Road, crossing over the railroad tracks at Hughes Stadium. Cutting through the parking lot we skated through the City College campus and emerged on Freeport Blvd.

We took a meander route north on 17th St. to California Middle School then skated Land Park Drive to the Tower Theater. A quick check of the movie listings had us ready to complete the final leg of the skate down Broadway to Riverside/17th St. and 17th back to T St. We took T St back to 3rd hoping to avoid some of the construction mess on S St. but this was not beneficial, T St's asphalt is very rough and the minor inconvenience of the construction trash (the cause of Gabriel's jammed skate wheel) on S St. would have been a smoother skate.

Mitchell and Steve led most of this 7-8 mile loop. The conditions were perfect for skating. Steve, Mitchell, Mark and Bernie stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's.

I will be burning my eyebrows off during a family barbeque next week so I won't be skating but hopefully excellent conditions prevail next week for those that do skate!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

August 22, 2005

Johnny Be Good
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Steve, Gordon, and Gabriel, skate North on 3rd Street on the August 22, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 4 skaters - Gabriel, Gordon, Steve, and myself. Brian was not present. We decided to skate the American River Parkway.

First we skated north on 3rd Street (See photo.) and Front Street into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated west on 2nd Street and north onto the American River Parkway.

On the American River Parkway we skated to the Discovery Park Bridge, where we regrouped. Next we skated into Discovery Park. After regrouping in Discovery Park, we skated the American River Parkway east to Del Paso Boulevard - after regrouping once along the way.

From Del Paso Boulevard, we skated the American River Parkway east to near the 4 mile marker, where we exited to Cal Expo. We skated around the parking lots of Cal Expo, and we regrouped near the Main Gate.

After regrouping, we continued east and south through Cal Expo parking lots, then we reentered the American River Parkway at the 6 mile marker. After discussion, we skated back toward Downtown, exiting the Parkway near 20th and and C Streets.

I skated home; I was tired and my left foot was sore. The other 3 skaters continued skating back to our 3rd and S starting point. I estimate that I skated about 10 miles. I estimate that the other 3 skaters skated about 12 miles. It was 9:00 p.m. I don't know if Vallejo's would still be open. For me, it was a wonderful workout and a great skate.

Bernie

August 15, 2005

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Brian, Gabriel, and Mark skate the American River Parkway on the August 8, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

Brian, Gabriel, and Mark enjoy a top of parking lot view on the August 8, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had six skaters tonight: Mitchell, Bernie, Gabriel, Mark, Gordon and me. West Sacramento was chosen as our destination.

Starting out at the parking lot at 3rd and S St. we skated west to the Sacramento River levee and took the bike trail/promenade north into Old Sac. We crossed over the Sacramento River on the Tower Bridge and skated the West Sacramento River Walk.

This promenade has been extended slightly northward past the ziggurat building but it still ends a gravel road. Four of us decided to skate the hard packed dirt down to E Street in W. Sac. Bernie and Mitchell decided to skate back to the sidewalk a the ziggurat and take the smoother route. Either way all roads lead to Rome and we continued 3rd Street going north.

Our route took us over the railroad tracks and to B St. We wiggled through the housing development and alongside the trailer park at 5th & B St. to go north to the old Lighthouse Golf Course. 5th Street becomes Marina Way and much to our surprise (and dismay) the levee road (River Crest Drive) is now part of the gated Rivers Community. We were locked out of one of the best parts of this skate. The view from the levee top road is very nice and River Crest Drive has very smooth asphalt and virtually no traffic. After some momentary consideration of rebel behavior to skirt the fence and skate where we wanted to skate, we chose to leave the private road to the private people and we skated back down Marina Way and went west on Lighthouse Dr. Rebel hearts die hard but we stayed within the lines...

Lighthouse Dr. connected us with Kegle Dr., Kegle brought us to Carrie St. Traveling eastward on Carrie put us at the intersection of Carrie and Todhunter Way. Normally, we take Todhunter south to get back to Sacramento Ave (Reed Ave) but Gordon suggested we go north and take Riverbank Rd. west. This turned out to be a great choice. Riverbank Rd. is a very smooth street with excellent asphalt, a beautiful tree canopy and limited car traffic. We skated Riverbank to the I-80 over crossing. This also happens to be the location of the waste water treatment plant so henceforth this route shall be known as the "West Sac Sewer Run".
Thanks to Gordon for the moniker.

We looped back to Harbor Blvd and skated south to Sacramento Ave. and then went east.
I have laughingly spoke of skating in "Rotty" and "PB" country when we have skated West Sacramento but we have never had a rottweiller or pit bull chase us. Well , a large hound mix decided to assert his domain as we skated past housing on Harbor Blvd. Gordon and Gabriel had to put their sprinting skills to the test as the dog came out barking and growling. Bernie, Mark and I were ahead of these two so we missed the fun...

Sacramento Ave turns into C Street as we skated east to the Sacramento levee. Bernie suggested we continue up over the I Street bridge to get back to Sac. Skating back through Old Sac we returned to the parking lot at 3rd and S St. The West Sac Sewer Run is a 10 mile loop.

Four of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. Both Bernie and I forgot to bring a camera so no new photos this week. The conditions were perfect for skating. Here's hoping for the same conditions next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

August 8, 2005

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Brian, Gabriel, and Mark skate the American River Parkway on the August 8, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

Brian, Gabriel, and Mark enjoy a top of parking lot view on the August 8, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had four skaters; Bernie, Gabriel, Mark and I. Mark had just returned from three weeks in Ecuador - lucky guy! Bernie suggested we skate the American River Parkway, and with the evening air still warm, the shady multi-use trail sounded great.

Starting out at the parking lot at 3rd and S St. we skated west to the Sacramento River levee and took the bike trail/promenade north into Old Sac. A quick diversion into the parking structure for a photo op at the top floor got us a great view of the Tower Bridge (See photo1.). Backlit by the evening Sun the bridge actually looked like gold instead of a funny orange.
Sometimes its all in how you view it...

Continuing the skate, we left the parking structure and skated down 2nd St. and reconnected with the bike trail north of the Railroad Museum. Of course, we couldn't just skate without additional diversions.

Upon reaching the new municipal water intake facility, we took a skating tour out on the structure.

Continuing again to skate, we took the American River Parkway (See photo2.) into Discovery Park where, once again we had a slight diversion. Some unfortunate souls had returned from the day of play in the river, only to find some vandals had smashed the widows of their car. Not just one window - but all of them. I loaned my cell phone so they could call their family for assistance. Being intrepid souls and young in spirit they proceeded to remove the damaged windshield so they could drive home (despite our recommendation to the contrary). We left them with a wish of good luck and some words of sympathy for the senseless vandalism to their car.

We made good time on the multi-use trail and took the Del Paso Blvd crossing to continue back along the American River. We crossed the river on the pedestrian bridge just past the Western Pacific RR bridge and connected near 20th St (Almond Growers Coop). Skating south on 20th we quickly connected with Capitol Blvd. West on Capitol to 9th St. Taking 9th St. south to S St. and S back to the parking lot completed our loop.

My calcs put the distance at 9 to 9 1/2 miles. A cool Delta breeze was blowing to make for an excellent end of the skate.

Bernie, Gabriel and Mark stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. I had to cut out early.
Hope to see everyone next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

August 1, 2005

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Jan and Brian pose near Starbucks on the August 1, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

Jan, Bernie, and Gordon pose near Starbucks on the August 1, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Skating tonight was Gordon, Bernie, Jan and I. Jan was joining us for the first time tonight - Welcome!

Gordon suggested skating to CSUS. After a quick discussion this destination was chosen. We skated east on S Street and crossed over to T Street just before Stockton Blvd.

After a quick photo op at the Starbucks at T St. and Stockton (See photos.), we continued on T over to 59th St. Skating north on 59th we crossed Folsom and took 58th to M St, M St. to 62 St. and then Elvas. We cut through to the CSUS campus at the bike path access on Elvas.

At the parking structure, we skated to the top floor to check out the view (Jan pointed out where she had recently given the commencement speech for the School of Engineering - we are skating with a celebrity!) and then skated back down - the hills of Sacramento! Jan has plenty of downhill skiing experience and she really took to the downhill skating.

graphic letter We returned by skating over to H Street and looped back to 58th St. where we turned on M St. Skating M St back to Alhambra, we took Alhambra to Capitol, Capitol to the Capitol Park and skating through the park to 9th St., then 9th to S St. we finished back at the parking lot.

Our 12 mile loop started with warm conditions but a nice Delta breeze began blowing as the sun was setting. This provided a very pleasant finish for our skate. An excellent skate - Thanks to everyone for joining in. Excellent skating Jan - hope to see you back soon.

Good luck to Bernie in his search for his missing skate wheel. This left him skating on 7 wheels tonight. He lost a wheel during last week's skate but because of the position of the wayward wheel he didn't notice it was missing until after the skate was over. Watch out for free-rolling 100 mm Rollerblade wheels!

Bernie, Gordon and I stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's where we were joined by Bernie's friend Bobbie.

I hope to see everyone next week.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

July 25, 2005

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Steve, Mitchell, Gordon, Brian, Guy, Cheyrl, and Gabriel rest near the Tower Theater on the July 25, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

Gabriel, Guy, Mitchell, Steve, Gordon, Bernie, and Cheyrl, play near the Tower Theater on the July 25, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Eight skaters joined the fun for the Monday Night Skate - Mitchell, Gabriel, Guy, Steve, Gordon, Bernie, Cheryl and I formed the group. Cheryl is from Napa and was in town for business and decided to take in a skate before returning home. She had skated with the Monday Night Skate group many years ago - so welcome back, Cheryl!

Bernie suggested we skate to Gunther's Ice Cream on Franklin and continue our loop through Sac. City College and Willan Land Park. An ice cream run on a hot evening sounded good. We skated east on S St. to Alhambra then Alhambra to Franklin. South on Franklin to Gunther's at the corner of Franklin and Castro(?).

Bernie grabbed a fruit freeze, Gabriel went for a large double scoop strawberry in a sugar cone. I chose a single kiddie vanilla in a sugar cone. The rest of the group just cooled their wheels.

graphic letter We restarted the skate and went west on 5th Ave. to 24th St. and 24th south to Donner Way. Looping back east on Donner we connected at the north end of Curtis Park. Skating south on W. Curtis Drive and taking Sutterville west over the railroad tracks we regrouped at Sacramento City College. Steve and Gordon skated through the construction at the college while the rest of us skated back around the college campus on Sutterville to regroup at the entrance to William Land Park.

We skated through Willian Land Park to Land Park Drive and took Land Park back to Broadway and the Tower Theater. See photos.

From Broadway we skated to Riverside/11th St., 11th St. to S and S back our start at 3rd St. Even in the heat this was a fun 8.5 mile skate.

Seven of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's Restaurant. Hope to see everyone next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

July 18, 2005

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Gabriel, Mitchell, and Steve change wheels for Tricia before the July 18, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 5 skaters - Gabriel, Mitchell, Steve, Tricia, and myself. Brian was out of town. We had a new skater, Tricia. She heard about us from Guy on Craig's List. Some skaters helped her get her new wheels on. See photo. We decided to skate the American River Parkway.

First we skated North on 3rd Street into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated West on 2nd Street and North onto the American River Parkway.

On the American River Parkway we skated to the Discovery Park Bridge, where we regrouped. Next we skated into Discovery Park. After regrouping in Discovery Park, we skated to Del Paso Boulevard- after regrouping once along the way.

From near Del Paso Boulevard, I skated home; my left foot was sore from pronation. The other 4 skaters started skating North on the American River Parkway toward Rio Linda.

After the skate all 4 of the remaining skaters enjoyed food and beverages at Vallejo's.

I don't know how far they skated.

Bernie

July 11, 2005

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Gordon, Mitchell, Brian, and Gabriel have fun at Middle School on the July 11, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Steve.

The skate group for the 7/11 skate: Bernie, Dick, Gabriel, Mitchell, Gordon, Steve and me. We decided to skate south on the Sacramento River levee and loop back through William Land Park. With the Sacramento heat still lingering in the high 90's or low 100's and a hot breeze blowing this route offered some shaded trails and streets, especially in William Land Park.

Starting at the parking lot at 3rd Street and S Street, we skated south on the levee's bike trail and traveled to Sutterville Road, continued on Sutterville over to Land Park Drive and skated past the zoo and through the park.

Skating 15th Ave. to 18th St. and connected with 17th St., we skated north to California Middle School where we regrouped and took a quick break. See photo of Gordon, Mitchell, Brian and Gabriel hammin' it up. We continued north on Marty Way to Land Park Drive and Broadway. A quick peek at the movie listings at the Tower Theater was taken and we continued west on Broadway to Riverside. Riverside took us north to 11th Street, 11th to S Street and S back to our starting point.

We covered about 6.5 miles in very warm conditions. As we finished the skate, a cooler delta breeze was blowing. A nice finish to a great skate.

Seven of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's and we held our National Skate Patrol meeting during the meal. New officers were elected and we discussed our group's focus, future plans and budget. Action items were assigned and we wrapped the meeting,

Keep Skatin'

Brian

July 4, 2005

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Guy, John, Alex, and Bernie skate from Elvas into Sac State on the June 27, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

I arrived at 7:04 p.m. No one else showed up. It was a very hot holiday. At 7:16 p.m. I left.

See photo from last week.

Bernie

June 27, 2005

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Guy, John, Alex, and Bernie skate from Elvas into Sac State on the June 27, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

DATE: June 27, 2005

TIME: 7:00 pm +/-

LOCATION: Parking lot at 3rd and S Streets

SKATERS: Bernie, Guy, Alex, John, Dick, Mitchell, Gabriel and me.

DESTINATION: CSUS campus

DISTANCE: 12 mile loop

WEATHER/CONDITIONS: Perfect, 80 degrees with a slight breeze

We had agreement on taking our standard route to the CSUS campus by way of S Street to Alhambra to T Street going east to 59th. 59th north to 58th and 58th to M Street. M Street east to Elvas and Elvas to the CSUS bike path connection. See photo of Guy in the shadows with John, Alex and Bernie following.

At the parking structure, Guy, Alex, Bernie and John skated down the hills of Sacramento. Gabriel and Dick found traffic circles to skate. Mitchell and I cooled our heels at the water fountain!

graphic letter We returned back to the start by a parallel route using J St. to 58th and M St to Alhambra. We took Capitol Blvd. to Capitol Park and by various routes along S St., R St, 9th, 8th or 7th Streets, we all ended back at the starting point.

Dick and Mitchell lead most of the skate with Guy and Alex catching a few speed sprints while using the pack as rabbits. Hey guys, thanks for the great pace for our 12-mile loop.

Three of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. Excellent food to finish an excellent skate. Hope to see everyone again next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

June 20, 2005

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Mark, Steve, Mitchell, John, Gabriel, Brian, Guy, Casey, and Gordon pose at the Sacramento Water Intake Facility on the June 20, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

Mark and Steve pose at the Sacramento Water Intake Facility on the June 20, 2005 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Nine skaters showed up tonight: Gordon, Steve, Casey, Mark, John, Gabriel, Mitchell, Guy and me.

Mitchell suggested a North Natomas skate by way of Discovery Park and this chosen. We skated from the parking lot a 3rd and S to the bike trail on the levee and continued north through Old Town and to Discovery Park. Interestingly, the water intake facility was open for touring. We skated out on to the structure. Steve and Mark stopped for a photo, Photo 1. A group photo of all of us was taken at the fountain, Photo 2.

From Discovery Park we took the bike trail to the Northgate Blvd connection. We skated north on Northgate turned west on Northfield Dr. then north again on Northview Dr. Continuing west on Norbert Way we passed by Ninos Park. Our search for a working water fountain was futile and we left the area thirsty!

At West El Camino we went west to Fairweather Dr. and then Athena Ave. Westward on Athena brought us to Mende Way, which we took us north past Northgate Park to Vasconcelos Way. We turned west and skated Vasconcelos and Pebblewood Dr. to the Bannon Slough Nature Area. Turning south through this nature trail brought us back to West El Camino. We crossed over W. El Camino and skated to Capitol Park Dr. This street connected us back to Natomas Park Dr. and we crossed over Garden Highway to reenter Discovery Park.

graphic letter We returned back through the park and Old Town to finish back at our starting point. Mitchell and Gordon set a brisk pace for most of the skate and we covered the 10.5 to 11 mile loop in good time. Six of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's restaurant. Excellent food and conversation completed an excellent skate. Hope to see everyone again next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

June 13, 2005

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Bernie, Lisa, Mark, Les, Gabriel, and Mitchell pose at California Middle School in montage by Brian on the June 13, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

New skaters, Lisa, Mark and Lester joined the group tonight. Thus, including Gabriel (who skated last week) and Bernie, Mitchell and me; the group started with lucky number seven. Mitchell suggested a skate south on the Sacramento River levee and a loop back through William Land Park. After a short discussion, this route was chosen.

Starting at the parking lot at 3rd Street and S Street, we skated south on the levee's bike trail and traveled to the Sutterville Road connection, the bike trail was closed to traffic south of Sutterville so we chose this as a convenient turn point. We took Sutterville over to Land Park Drive and skated past the zoo and through the park taking 15th Ave. to 18th St. and connected with 17th St.

Continuing north on 17th we skated to California Middle School where we regrouped and took a quick break. See montage. We continued north on Marty Way to Land Park Drive and Broadway. A quick peek at the movie listings at the Tower Theater was taken and we continued west on Broadway to Riverside. Riverside took us north to 11 th Street, 11 th to S Street and S back to our starting point.

My old school GPS, a map and dividers, says we covered about 6.5 miles. Even with the warmer weather we covered our skate in a very reasonable time.

All seven of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. The skate was great and so was the food and conversation. I believe we had a very good mix of skaters and Mitchellís choice of the Land Park route was well matched to tonightís group. Thanks to Mitchell for leading the skate and to everyone who skated. I hope to see everyone again next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

June 6, 2005

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Gordon, Brian, Steve, Guy, and Gabriel rest and pose at East Portal Park on the June 6, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie, Gabriel, Steve, and Guy pose at Starbucks on the June 6, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter W e had eight skaters tonight. An octet, octo mobilis fanaticus - eight great skaters out enjoying a great evening of skating. Forming the group was: Gordon, Steve, Bernie, Mitchell, Guy, Dick, Gabriel and me. CSUS was chosen as our destination and we started by skating east on S St. and crossed over to T St. near Alhambra.

See the "gang of four" photo (Bernie, Steve, Gabriel and Guy). T Street has excellent asphalt and we made good time getting to 59th St. Taking 59th (crossing Folsom Blvd.) to 58th and east on M St., then M St. to Elvas got us over to the bike path connection to the CSUS campus.

We skated to the parking structure where Steve, Gordon, Guy and Gabriel explored the hills of Sacramento. Dick found an alternate playground in a traffic circle. Bernie, Mitchell and I made like slugs and chilled at the water fountain in the parking structure.

Our return route was through the campus to J St. J St. to M St. (a quick water stop at East Portal Park - see photo) and M to Alhambra, Alhambra to Capitol Blvd. and 9th St. to S.

Our 12 mile loop was completed back at the parking lot at 3rd and S St. Bernie, Steve, Gordon and Mitchell stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. Hopefully, we have excellent weather next week and a similar group of great skaters!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

May 30, 2005

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Brian skates through water on the American River Parkway on the May 30, Memorial Day, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

Steve and Brian look at water fountain on the May 30, Memorial Day, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter W e had three skaters for the Memorial Day Monday Night Skate: Bernie, Steve and me. We decided to skate the Jedediah Smith Recreation Trail through Discovery Park . Last week part of the trail was flooded so with the knowledge that we may be stopped because of water, we took off.

Announcement: register (Until June 6.) to be a member of the Sacramento Skate Patrol for 2005 for $20.

We skated to the promenade/boardwalk on the levee of the Sacramento River and proceeded through Old Sacramento to connect with the bike trail. See photo of multi-use trail water fountain. The activities in Old Town were winding down after the three-day weekend, the same was happening at Discovery Park .

We skated thru the park only to find water is still flooding across the trail. See photo of Brian skating through water. Bernie suggested an alternate route of skating north along Garden Highway to Crawdad's restaurant, so we skated a loop up and around the restaurant, returning through Discovery Park and Old Town .

The weather was perfect for skating and we finished off the evening with food and conversation at Vallejo 's Mexican restaurant.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

May 23, 2005

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Mitchell, I don't remeber, Casey, and Steve at Vallejo's after the May 23, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter W e had 9 skaters tonight, One of these skaters, Lisa, came for the first time. We did a brand new skate; we skated to the Sacramento Skate Skating Park at 28th and B Streets.

Announcement: register (Until June 6.) to be a member of the Sacramento Skate Patrol for 2005 for $20.

First, we skated East on S Street. Then, after regrouping and resting, North on 28th Street. After looking at the skateboarders for about 10 minutes, we left.

Cheryl and I skated South on 28th Street, West on C Street, and South on 20th Street. Then we skated West on S Street back to our 3rd and S starting point.

The other skaters took a longer route home. They went West on C Street, North from C Street onto the American River Parkway, North over the B Street Bridge to Del Paso and the American River Parkway.

Since the American River Parkway was largely flooded, they Skated South over the 12th Street Bridge, West on Richards Boulevard, and South on 7th Street back into town.

After the skate 7 of us, plus John, Lisa's husband, enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Vallejo's. See photo above.

Bernie

May 16, 2005

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Brian helps new skater, Cheryl, with her skates at 3rd and S on the May 16, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter W e had four long distance skaters tonight, Gordon, Steve, Bernie and me. Also we had a new skater, Cheryl, join us for an impromptu skate lesson in the parking lot. (See photo to the right.) She had been on skates a total of two hours and showed great balance and control for having so little time up on her wheels.

Announcement: register (Until June 6.) to be a member of the Sacramento Skate Patrol for 2005 for $20.

Gordon gave her instructions on the proper stance and weight distribution for skating forward and using the heel brake. Steve and Bernie added details and many good techniques for gaining skate control and confidence. Bernie gave instructions and a live demonstration on falling and using your protective pads properly (Bernie don't need no Hollywood stunt double!)

Cheryl stayed to practice in the parking lot and the rest of us decided to skate the bike trail north, destination unknown - Gordon leads the way. We skated through Old Town and took the bike trail to and through Discovery Park. We came upon two bicyclist who were having some difficulty with a flat tire. I tried to assist with reinflating the damaged tire but their pump would not properly seal to the valve stem. They decided to hoof it with the bike in tow and we continued on our skate.

Bernie decided to break off from the group at the Del Paso Blvd. crossing of the Jedediah Smith Parkway Trail. His new skates were causing some discomfort so a shorter skate was a prudent choice. My Old School map and dividers "GPS" says Bernie put in around 8 miles. Steve and I continued to follow Gordon northward on the bike trail through the Noralto and Del Paso Heights sections of Sacramento. Somewhere near the Rio Linda Blvd. and Roanoke Ave. Gordon called for us to turn it around and head back.

Reconnecting with the Jedediah Smith Parkway Trail, we took the bike path bridge parallel to the Western Pacific tracks over the American River and ended up next to the Almond Growers Plant. We then skated to D St. and snaked through Downtown to arrive back at the parking lot at 9:30pm. No Vallejo's tonight! My Old School "GPS" says we did about a 15 mile loop. Thanks Gordon for the excellent workout!

The weather was just slightly windy but otherwise perfect for skating. Here's hoping for the same conditions next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

May 9, 2005

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

graphic letter with continuous rain and thunder and lightning, Mother Nature has put on an impressive display of beauty and power today.

Perfect weather for reading a good book or making a fly fishing rod - bad weather for skating. Hopefully, we have good weather and conditions next week!

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Brian

May 2, 2005

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Guy (left) and Chuck discuss skating technique in West Sacramento on the April 18, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

A recap of this week's skate:

The skaters: Guy, Gordon, Steve, Mitchell and me.

The weather: perfect for skating.

Destination: CSUS campus.

Route: skate S Street crossing to T Street before Stockton Blvd; T Street to 59th St.; 59th to cross Folsom and 58th to M St; M St. to 62 St. and then Elvas. We cut through to the CSUS campus at the bike path access on Elvas.

At the parking structure, Steve skated to the top to catch a view of the sunset and then skated back down to join the group.

We returned by skating over to H Street and looped back to 58th St. where we turned on M St. Skating M St back to Alhambra, we took Alhambra to Capitol and by various routes, we all finished at the S St. and 3rd St. parking lot.

Distance: 12 mile loop.

Eats: Steve, Gordon, Mitchell and I stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's.

Details: I brought my camera but forgot to take it during the skate. Guy has just finished setting up his new business, "The Massage Guy", at 21st & J. If my joints keep aching I might need to finish the skate on his doorstep!

Hopefully, we will have good weather and skaters next week.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

April 25, 2005

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Gordon skates around a water fountain in West Sacramento on the April 18, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had five skaters tonight; Steve, John, Mitchell, Jordan (new skater) and myself. Jordan has had his inlines since about Christmas but had roller skated before. Steve gave him a quick lesson on using the heel brake to stop.

Starting at the parking lot at 3rd Street and S Street, we skated south on the levee's bike trail to Sutterville Road. We took Sutterville east to William Land Zoo and skated through the park.

We continued our skate to 17th Ave and weaved through the neighborhood until we connected with Land Park Drive at Marty and Vallejo Ave. We skated to the Tower Theater and took a quick look at the movie listings.

Leaving the Tower we continued down Broadway to connect with Riverside and take it to 11th Street, 11th to S Street and S back to our starting point.

Three of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. The weather and skate were great and so was the food. I forgot to bring my camera so I don't have photos for this week's skate Ė maybe next week! (See above for photo from last week.)

Keep Skatin'

Brian

April 18, 2005

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Guy (left) and Chuck discuss skating technique in West Sacramento on the April 18, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 5 skaters Chuck, Gordon, Guy, Mitchell, and myself. Brian was absent because he was presenting a product for his company in New York. I announced that a skater can now register to be a member of the Sacramento Skate Patrol for $20. We decided to do a West Sacramento skate. Gordon and Mitchell provided much of the leadership.

First we skated North on 3rd Street to O Street. On O Street we skated West to Front Street.

After regrouping, we skated North on Front Street to Capitol Avenue, where we skated West over the Tower Bridge into Old Sacramento.

In West Sacramento we skated North on 3rd Street. Then we skated North on 4th Street. We skated through and around the golf course on Lighthouse Drive and other streets.

Regrouping several times, (See photo above.) we skated on several streets, then we started our return.

Soon we skated East on Tower Bridge back into Downtown Sacramento. We returned to 3rd and S by skating South on Front Street, East on O Street, and South on 3rd Street.

I estimate we skated 6-8 miles.

After the skate, 4 skaters enjoyed food and beverages at Vallejo's.

Bernie

April 11, 2005

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John, Gordon, Brian and Gerald look in skateboard shop on the April 4, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 4 skaters tonight: Guy, Kathy, Mitchell, and Steve. Brian was not present because of illness in his family. I did not stay to skate because I was having a problem with my new 84 millimeter wheels K2's. I cannot get the platform to securely mount to the frame.

When I left to return home, the skaters were skating North on 3rd Street. For a recent Monday Night Skate photo, see photo above from previous Monday Night Skate.

I expect that all 4 skaters enjoyed food and beverages at Vallejo's after the skate.

Bernie

April 4, 2005

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John, Gerald, Brian, and Gordon pose near Tower Theater on the April 4, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had five skaters tonight; Bernie, Gordon, John, Gerald and myself. Our skate started with the remaining light, courtesy of Daylight Savings Time and we decided to catch the setting sun from the Sacramento River levee.

Starting at the parking lot at 3rd Street and S Street, we skated south on the levee's bike trail and traveled to the Riverside Blvd connection. We took Riverside to 25th Ave., east on 25th to Euclid, where Gordon lead us southward to 27th Ave. We took 27th Ave. east to Noonan and eventually we connected with South Land Park Drive.

South Land Park Drive started our skate back northward and we enjoyed a little speed on the rolling hills of South Land Park. We crossed over the abandoned railroad tracks at Del Rio Road and made a momentary stop at Capital Skating - a skateboard shop in the strip mall at Del Rio and S. Land Park. Cap Skating is a board shop with not a pair of skates to be seen. Oh well, to each their choice of wheels - just get out and skate!

We continued our skate past William Land Zoo and through the park and connected with 17th Ave, similar to our skate last week. Following almost the same route, we skated to the Tower Theater, where a photo op was suggested (John or Gerald?). Bernie got creative with the camera angles to capture us with the Tower Theater and its fountain as a backdrop. See photo.

Leaving the Tower we continued down Broadway to reconnect with Riverside and take it to 11th Street, 11th to S Street and S back to our starting point. Four of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. The weather and skate were great and so was the food. Hopefully, next week we have the same or better conditions.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

March 28, 2005

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Morgan, Steve, Mitchell, and Brian pose in Starbucks near T Street and Stockton on the March 7, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 5 skaters tonight:

We had five skaters tonight; Bernie, Steve, Mitchell, Gordon and myself. We decided to skate to Sacramento City College. The route skated: S Street to 24th Street, 24th to Donner Way and Donner to 26th Street which connects to W. Curtis Blvd.

We skated Sutterville Road up over the railroad tracks and down to the City College parking lot next to Hughes Stadium and continued through the campus to the Freeport Blvd. side. A quick break was taken on the campus for water.

We crossed Freeport into William Land Park and connected to 17th Street. 17th Street to the Donner(?) Elementary School and then to Marty Way that connects to Land Park Drive near the Tower Theater. We took a quick look at the coming attractions and then proceeded down Broadway to Riverside. Riverside changes to 11th Street and we turned on S Street to take us back to the parking lot at 3rd and S.

The weather was pretty good and we made good time on this 7 mile loop. No new photos were taken - but we look the same. All of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's (politics, religion and evolution)! Now we probably only agree on skating!

Until next week - Keep Skating!

Brian

March 21, 2005

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

It is raining very strongly in Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove, so unless I am fooled by a very localized cell of rain, Downtown is also probably wet. I'll see everyone next week, hopefully, we have good conditions!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

March 14, 2005

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Happy Skater, Brian, in the 3rd and S Parking Lot on the March 14, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

I was the only skater tonight - and a beautiful night it was. I thought about going back to Elk Grove and skating but CSUS just seemed to be the right destination so I skated there using the same route as we skated last week. Feeling pretty good on my skates with nice weather and free to skate as fast or slow as I pleased, I made good time on the 12 mile loop to and from the campus - see self-portrait at the parking structure (See photo.).

Maybe we will have good weather and more skaters next week! Keep Skating,

Brian

March 7, 2005

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Morgan, Steve, Mitchell, and Brian pose in Starbucks near T Street and Stockton on the March 7, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 5 skaters tonight: Steve, Bernie, Morgan, Mitchell and myself. Morgan had skated with the Monday night group many years ago - so welcome back, Morgan. Another welcome visitor was a reporter from the Sacramento Bee. He didn't join us for the skate but did speak to us about the present Monday Night Skate and its history. Hopefully, a little publicity will increase the number of skaters!

The evening weather was perfect for skating and we decided to skate to CSUS. We skated S Street and crossed over to T Street just before Stockton Blvd. After a quick photo op at the Starbucks at T St. and Stockton (See photo.), we continued on T over to 59th St. Skating north on 59th we crossed Folsom and took 58th to M St, M St. to 62 St. and then Elvas. We cut through to the CSUS campus at the bike path access on Elvas.

At the parking structure, 3 of the skaters took the elevator to the top and skated back down - the hills of Sacramento!

We returned by skating over to H Street and looped back to 58th St. where we turned on M St. Skating M St back to Alhambra, we took Alhambra to Capitol and by various routes, at the Capitol Park, we all got back on S St. and finished at the S St. and 3rd St. parking lot.

My wordy description of a 12 mile loop. All of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. Hopefully, we have the same conditions next week.

Keep Skating!

Brian

February 28, 2005

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Brian and Gordon pose near the Tower Theater on the February 28, 2005 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 3 skaters - Brian, Gordon, and myself. I mentioned that Channel 17 of Access Sacramento will be broadcasting "The Joy of Inline Skating" (PDF file) throughout March 2005.

As suggested by Gordon, we skated to and form Sacramento City College by skating South on 26th Street. State College. First we skated East on S Street to 26th Street, where we skated South to Sutterville Road.

After regrouping we skated West on Sutterville Road up, up, up, over, down, down, and down the bridge over the Railroad tracks near Hughes Stadium. !!!!!Whee!!!!!

Next we entered Sacramento City College where we had some fun skating around. Then we skated West into Land Park. We skated through parts of Land Park, then we skated North on 17th Street to the High School on Vallejo, where we regrouped.

Next we skated North on Marty to the Tower Theater, where we regrouped for the last time (See photo.).

Next we skated West on Broadway, North on 11th Street, and West on S Street back to 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated about 10 miles.

After the skate all 3 of us enjoyed food and beverage at Vallejo's. Brian said that he is willing to become the next Monday Night Skate Leader.

Bernie

February 21, 2005

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

We were faked out by the rain that didn't come until after 8:30 p.m.. It rained last night and more rain was predicted for today and tonight. At 7:00 p.m. the sky was cloudy. Rain seemed very likely.

I was on my bicycle, because I want to keep my skate bearings dry. Only Brian and I showed up. Brian and I skated and biked to my house, so I could give him a copy of my latest "Joy of Inline Skating" (PDF file) press release.

Brian said that he would lead the Monday Night Skate through the month of March 2005, freeing me to spend more time on my college courses.

Then Brian skated back to 3rd and S.

As I write this at 8:30 p.m., there is still no rain.

Bernie

February 14, 2005

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

We were rained out. It rained off and on during the day. Over 80% of the pavement was wet, and it was expected to rain more.

 

Bernie

February 7, 2005

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Bernie, Gordon, and Steve look at 7th and K ice skaters on the January 17, 2005 Monday Night Skate.  Photo by Brian.

graphic letter We had 2 skaters - Brian, and myself. As requested by Brian, we skated to and form Sacramento State College. Brian led most of the skate. I took no new photographs.

First we skated East on the alley North of S Street, then we skated East on several streets. Eventually we were on M Street, skating East. At East Portal Park we stopped to rest.

Next we again skated East on M Street, South on 58th Street, East on M Street, and East on Elvas, where we entered Sac State. At Sac State I rode the elevator up and skated down their great parking lot. !!!Wheeee!!!

We returned to Downtown by skating West on M Street, Capitol Avenue, and S Street.

Brain and I estimate that we skated about 12 miles.

After the skate both of us enjoyed food and beverage at Vallejo's. Brian said that he is willing to become the next Monday Night Skate Leader.

Bernie

January 31, 2005

Johnny Be Good
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Bernie, Gordon, and Steve look at 7th and K ice skaters on the January 17, 2005 Monday Night Skate.  Photo by Brian.

graphic letter We had 2 skaters - Mitchell and myself. As Mitchell; requested, we ate at Vallejo's and left, without skating.

I took no new photos.

Bernie

January 24, 2005

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

Mitchell and I met at the parking lot at 3rd and S but a light sprinkle started at 7:15 so we called the skate off.

We had dinner and conversation at Vallejo's. After leaving there, it was apparent we were fooled by a very localized cloud burst, because most of the streets I drove down were dry.

Well, we meet again next week and hope for dry conditions!

Keep Skating,

Brian

January 17, 2005

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Bernie, Gordon, and Steve look at 7th and K ice skaters on the January 17, 2005 Monday Night Skate.  Photo by Brian.

graphic letter We had 4 skaters - Brian, Gordon, Steve, and myself. I announced that I will attend a Clutterers Anonymous Group on January 24, 2005, and Brian Malone (916-685-0763) will lead the Monday Night Skate. Gordon suggested that we do a Downtown, 7th Street North, and an American River Parkway skate. Then he helped lead much of this skate.

First we skated East on the alley North of S Street. Then we 4 skated North on several streets includi9ng 7th Street. At 7th and K we stopped to look at the ice skaters (See photo.). They pay $7 or $8 to skate on a small pond of ice. We skate all over Sacramento with wheeee! for free.

Next we skated North on 7th Street to Richards Boulevard. Then we skated East on Richards Boulevard to the 12th Street Bridge. We then skated North on the 12th Street Bridge to the American River Parkway.

After regrouping we skated West on the American River Parkway, regrouping along the way, to Discovery Park. We then skated East on the Discovery Park Bridge to the section of the American River Parkway that would take us into Old Sacramento.

From Old Sacramento we skated South back to our 3rd and S starting location.

I estimate that we skated about 10 miles.

After the skate all 4 of us enjoyed food and beverage at Vallejo's.

Bernie

January 10, 2005

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000. Graphic letter We were rained out. The ground had wet spots, and at 6:58 p.m. it began to rain even more.

Bernie

January 3, 2005

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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000. Graphic letter We were rained out. It rained lightly off and on during the day in Sacramento, and at 7:00 p.m., the streets were way too wet for safe skating.

Bernie



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