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- Updated December 28, 2006.

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2006 Monday Night Skates (Leaving 3rd & S at 7:00 p.m.)

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December 25, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Christmas lights on the December 18, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Steve and Brian look at Christmas lights on the December 18, 2006 Monday Night Skate.

I have no idea who showed up to skate Christmas. I was visiting my mother and Brian was with his family.

Bernie

December 18, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Christmas lights on the December 18, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Steve and Brian look at Christmas lights on the December 18, 2006 Monday Night Skate.

Brian, Steve ,and I showed up for this Christmas lights skate. I thought Brian would write it up with his happy prose, so I did not remember many details. In general it was a great skate for seeing Christmas lights.

First we skated to 7th and K to see the ice skaters and the Hard Rock Cafe Christmas tree.

Then we skated east on L Street and Capitol to see the Christmas tree at the Capitol.

Next we skated east out Capitol and M Street.  There where Christmas lights in many places, including 42nd Street, and 46th Street. Two samples can be seen in the above two photographs.

graphic letter We skated around on many streets. Then we headed back to 3rd and S in order to be there by 9:00p.m.  I guess we skated eight to ten miles.

Back at Vallejo's, Mark and Bobbie joined us for food, beverages, and conversation.  In the spirit of Christmas, Steve kindly picked up the tab.

Bernie

December 11, 2006

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

Morgan, Bernie and I showed up to skate but with the streets partially wet and sporting very  wet leaves and debris, we decided to cancel the skate this evening.

Bernie, who had already skated over to the parking lot at 3rd and S stopped by Vallejo's and gave them the word we wouldn't be coming this evening and continued home,

Morgan decided he was going to the St. Rose of Lima Park ice skating rink to try out his speed skating ice blades.

I chose to go battle the crowds at Arden Fair.

Weather willing, we'll do a Christmas Light skate next week.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

December 4, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Cartoons House on 46th Street on the December 4, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Reindeer on the December 4, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Gordon, Bernie, Mark and I showed up to skate. Bernie is back after a short hiatus for taking a college class on web programming. Welcome back, Bernie.

The sky was clear, air temperature cool and a full moon for illumination; not bad for skating. Gordon decided on skating over to Tahoe Park to check out the Christmas lights.

graphic letter We skated S St. and then cut south to T St. and crossed Stockton Blvd, continuing on T St. Our first stop was the house on 48th St. just before the Hwy 50 over crossing (See photo on the left.). We continued two blocks east to the main lighting displays - Tahoe Park is gearing up for their yearly extravaganza. (See the archive of the 12/12/2005 skate for photos of the lights on display last year).

We continued east to 59th St. and crossed over Hwy 50.
At M St. we turned back west to start the return leg of the skate. We detoured somewhere in the 40’s block to the “Christmas Toon” house and checked out their display (See photo on the right.).

At Alhambra we skated south to Capitol, turned west and skated through Capitol Park, past the Capitol building, and at 5th St. we went south to get to R St.

A short jump over to 3rd and S completed the skate (about 9 miles).

With the weather willing, our skate on 12/11 should have great lights to check out.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

November 27, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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5th and K Ice Skating Rink on the November 27, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Brian on the November 27, 2006 Monday Night Skate. This photo does not link to a larger one. Photo by Brian.

I was the lone skater tonight – after a rainy weekend and a cloudy Monday morning I could understand no other skaters showing up! Surprisingly, the conditions were not bad if one were to keep moving. A light breeze was blowing and the air temperature was probably in the low 40’s. The worst hazards were the potential to hit wet leaves or slick "black" or "green" patches if skating on concrete.

I decided to take an easy skate through downtown and go over to the Starbucks on Stockton Blvd.

I went north from 3rd and S to R St, went east on R, and then continued north on 5th St. At L St. I skated over to 9th and then north to K St. Mall. I thought the ice skating rink at St. Rose of Lima Park would be in full operation, with the low air temperature the ice surface should be in fine shape. I thought the rink opened Thanksgiving weekend but it was closed this evening. Well illuminated, but still a ghost town (See photo montage on the right.).

Last year I skated this same skate and the ice rink was in full operation with warmer temperatures and the skaters braving ice slushy! Of course, they are also rink locked and those of us who throw on a pair of inlines have the freedom of the streets :-)!

I snapped a couple of photos at the rink and went south to L St. and then took L east to Alhambra. Alhambra south to T St. and then skated T to Stockton Blvd.

Some early Christmas lights were out and looked good. I looped back on T St. and meandered back to 3rd and S.

Conditions willing, I hope to see everyone next week!

Keep skatin’

Brian

November 20, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Haunted House near Curtis Park on the October 30, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Gordon skates near Curtis Park Haunted House on the October 30, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Steve, Mark and I skated on 11/20/06. The weather conditions were good; cool air, no wind and only slight wet patches remaining from the morning fog.

Mark suggested a North Natomas skate. We skated west to the Sacramento River levee and took the bike trail/promenade north into Old Sac, skated down 2nd St. to reconnect with the recreation trail just north of the Railroad Musuem.

We skated on the levee to Discovery Park and then took the park entrance road up to Garden Highway. Continuing north and crossing the highway we meandered through the business and apartment complexes to get over to West El Camino Ave.

graphic letter We turned on Dorine Way and continued north through this housing area to get to Northgate Park. A quick water break was taken and we continued by skating westward on Bannon Creek Drive to connect with the Bannon Creek Recreation Trail/Park. This trail looped us back south to West El Camino. Natomas Park Drive took us south where we crossed back over Garden Hwy and reentered Discovery Park.

We returned back to our start point on the recreation trail back through Old Sac, etc. Estimated distance: 8 miles.

Steve had to take off right after skating, and Mark had a physics test to study for (quantum mechanics or some minor endeavor like that ). I decided to get home early – so no Vallejo’s.

Hope to see everyone next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

November 13, 2006

musical note Surfing USA
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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000. Graphic letter W ow! Streets and sidewalks VERY wet and more rain expected at 7:00 p.m.   Not only wetness, but also plenty of wet leaves. Sllipppery skating.  Rained out deluxe!

Bernie

November 6, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Haunted House near Curtis Park on the October 30, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Gordon skates near Curtis Park Haunted House on the October 30, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Hey Brian,

Mark and I skated. The weather was GREAT for an evening skate. We decided to do a retro skate- we skated downtown, checking out many of Sacto's finest buildings as well as "The Shoot" parking garage.

graphic letter We went by the location of the original Monday Night Skate meeting place (now a very large building and parking garage where once was a vast parking lot). We skated pretty much non-stop, so by 8:30 we were tired and ready for Vallejos.

Be well! Hope to see you next Monday

Steve -----------------------------------------------------

Steve and I skated on Monday 11/6. We did a street skate in the downtown area. We went on the upper level of that building you like to skate with the wheel chair ramp descent. We also took several great runs down a parking garage and contemplated the horrors of falling from such a height. We returned to Vallejo's for dinner and political musings. Great results!

Mark

October 30, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Haunted House near Curtis Park on the October 30, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Gordon skates near Curtis Park Haunted House on the October 30, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Gordon, Mark and I skated tonight. The weather and conditions were perfect for skating. We decided we could do an early check out of the pumpkin carving that is a tradition on 26th St. and 3rd Avenue (check out the November 1, 2004 archive to see examples of the pumpkin carving).

Normally, the pumpkins are out on Halloween and the day after Halloween but we were going to roll the dice on there being some early birds on display. If no pumpkins were found we would just continue to skate to Sacramento City College by way of Curtis Park. We skated east using the alleys parallel to S St. until 9th St. or 10th St. then we jogged over to S St. and continued to 24th. We skated south to Broadway and then went east to 25th St. where we continued south to 2nd Ave. We circled around in the area looking for pumpkins and none were to be seen. I understand Linius’ (of Peanuts fame) frustration looking and waiting for the “Great Pumpkin”. Gordon asked a couple of joggers if they were familiar with the pumpkins and they said ‘yeah’ but confirmed our suspicions that we were a day early and many pumpkins short; the pumpkins don’t come out until Halloween.

On to Plan B - we then skated south to Curtis Park and checked out the extensive display at one “haunted house” in the area (See photos.).

At Sutterville we went west, crossed over the railroad tracks and continued to Sacramento City College, cut through the campus and skated the street just north of William Land Park to 17th St. and took 17th north past California Middle School.

At CMS we skated Land Park Drive and took a quick stop at the Tower Theater to check the movie listings, then we skated west on Broadway to Riverside/11th St., 11th St. to S and S back our start at 3rd St.

This was 8 - 9 mile skate.

Gordon and Mark stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's Restaurant. I didn’t stay for the après-skate food; I had promised my son I’d help him with his school work. Parental responsibility won out over good food and trash talk about politics, sports and world events.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

October 23, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Danny, Morgan, Gordon, Steve, and Mark pose at 3rd and S before the Sepytember 11, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Steve, Mark, Morgan, Gordon and I showed up to skate but Gordon, forgot to bring his helmet and chose to not skate a loop but to just get in some turning and edging practice in the parking lot. The rest of us decided to do a skate through Discovery Park to the American River Recreation Trail.

Starting 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, down 2nd St. and reconnected with the recreation trail north of the Railroad Museum.

graphic letter We skated into Discovery Park, and took the rec trail eastward, looped around the retention pond just east of Northgate Blvd 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).

We took 20th St south into midtown and connected with Capitol. Capitol was taken to the Capitol Park. We continued Capitol until 8th St and then turned south to get back to S St.

S St. brought us back to the parking lot completed our loop. This was an 8-9 mile loop. The weather conditions were perfect for skating.

We stayed for food, conversation and football highlights at Vallejo's. Hope to see everyone next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

October 16, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Charley, Elmira, Steve, Gordon, Brian, Mark, Bobbie, and Bernie enjoy food, beverages, and converstation after the Sepytember 18, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Pam. Steve, Morgan, Gordon, Elmira, Pam, Brian, Bernie, Charley, Mark, and Rodney pose at the State Capitol on the Sepytember 18, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by tourist. Steve, Gordon, Mark and Chris skated one route and I another. I arrived at the parking lot after the others had left so I went solo on a skate. The conditions were perfect for skating. Where did the group choose to go? I guessed east toward CSUS (wrong). They went south on the river levee with return through William Land Park.

Chris is another returning old school skater – he skated with the bigger groups skates in the ‘90s. The main skate group went south on the Sacramento levee then they dropped down to Riverside Blvd and skated a loop back north through William Land Park.

I skated east on S St to T St to 59(?) St. and cut over to the CSUS campus by way of Elvas. My return was by way of M St to Alhambra and Capitol. The weather conditions were perfect for skating.

graphic letter We grabbed some food and conversation at Vallejo's and watched the finish to the Arizona/Chicago game – outrageous finish!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

October 9, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Charley, Elmira, Steve, Gordon, Brian, Mark, Bobbie, and Bernie enjoy food, beverages, and converstation after the Sepytember 18, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Pam. Steve, Morgan, Gordon, Elmira, Pam, Brian, Bernie, Charley, Mark, and Rodney pose at the State Capitol on the Sepytember 18, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by tourist. Steve, Gordon, Mark, Yutaka and I skated tonight. Yutaka is a returning skater from about 10 years ago. He skated many of the larger group skates in the ‘90s!

We skated east on S St to 24th St and took 24th south. At Marshall we then we jogged over to 25th St and skated into Curtis Park. We checked out a house at around 9th St. with early Halloween decorations and then continued to Sutterville Road and took it west over the railroad tracks to get to the City College campus. Yutaka had to nurse a hamstring cramp for awhile and we all regrouped to skate through the campus to Freeport Blvd and the entrance to William Land Park.

graphic letter We skated through the park to 17th St. and took 17th north past California Middle School. At CMS we connected with Marty Way and skated to its connection with Land Park Drive near Broadway. A quick stop at the Tower Theater was in order and we skated west on Broadway to Riverside/11th St., 11th St. to S and S back our start at 3rd St.

The weather conditions were great for skating, this was about a 8 - 9 mile loop. We all had other things to do so no one hung around for food.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

October 2, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Danny, Morgan, Gordon, Steve, and Mark pose at 3rd and S before the Sepytember 11, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Gordon, Steve & Morgan skated to Sac State.

Then, by arrangement with Steve, we met Rae back at S & 3rd for a demo of the Trikke -- a 3-wheeler propelled by shifting your weight from foot to foot and throwing the upper body into a cycle of repeated turns. Looks a bit like schussing in skiing, but it propels you instead of slowing you down. More of an all-body work-out than skating gives, and perhaps less risk of falling, but more dependent on a wide swath of pavement.

Steve's family also met us the end of the skate.

Morgan

September 25, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Danny, Morgan, Gordon, Steve, and Mark pose at 3rd and S before the Sepytember 11, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

Morgan, John, Mark, Steve and I decided on a CSUS skate and started around 7:20pm. We went east on S St. to 5th St. and took it north to R St to skate the palm trees that are planted in the sidewalk on the south side of the street. We continued east on R until 26th St. and then went south to T St.

At T St. we skated east to cross Alhambra and then Stockton. At the Starbucks at this corner we regrouped and I snapped a photo. We continued east on T to 65th St. and went north to M St. Steve broke off here to return early and the rest of us continued over to Elvas and the CSUS campus.

graphic letter We grabbed some water at the parking garage and then cut through the campus to get over to H St. We took H west back under Elvas and then connected with M St. We took M to Alhambra, Alhambra to Capitol and Capitol back to 9th St. At 9th we skated south to S St. and returned to the parking lot at 3rd St.

We grabbed some food and conversation at Vallejo's. The CSUS loop is about 12 miles and the conditions were excellent.

Until next week, keep skatin’

Brian

September 18, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Charley, Elmira, Steve, Gordon, Brian, Mark, Bobbie, and Bernie enjoy food, beverages, and converstation after the Sepytember 18, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Pam. Steve, Morgan, Gordon, Elmira, Pam, Brian, Bernie, Charley, Mark, and Rodney pose at the State Capitol on the Sepytember 18, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by tourist.

I skated in late, but I am glad I made it. We had four skaters from Trilogy, Charley, Elmira, Pam, and Rodney.  Plus, we had six of our regular skaters: Brian, Gordon, Mark, Morgan, Steve, and myself. 

Brian was a great host who led us on an easy skate so we could see some of the sights in Sacramento without killing ourselves. We started off by going east on S Street. I don't remember many details, but I do remember some highlights of the skate.

Steve led us through some of the trails of Capitol Park.  Then we skated on and down the West Steps of the Capitol before posing for a photo See photo on left.

Next Gordon suggested that we skate west down Capitol Mall, which we did.

graphic letter We next skated west on Capitol Mall, and south and west a few more blocks, and we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated about six miles.

All of us then enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Vallejo's.See photo on right.

Bernie

September 18, 2006 Report by Brian:

graphic letter We had a group of skaters, from the Trilogy adult community in Rio Vista, join our skate tonight.  Pamela, Rodney, Charley and Elmira traveled the 40+ miles to hang out with us. Bernie taught a skating class at this senior community a couple of weeks ago and they have really taken to skating. The Sacramento skaters were Bernie (who jammed across town from his night college class), Steve, Gordon, Morgan, Mark and me.

Since the Trilogy skaters’ skill level was unknown a simple skate around downtown was chosen and we skated north toward the capitol building area. We skated around the perimeter sidewalk at Capitol Park and meandered through the park. Gordon and Elmira took a side journey over to the Department of Health Services buildings on Capitol. They joined back up we the skate group as we arrived at the east entrance to the Capitol.

We continued around to the west side of the building and had a good time skating on the various steps. Steve showed his amazing skating skills. Bernie and Mark took rides down stairs. Elmira and Rodney tried out the stairs.

For being new on inlines the Trilogy skaters are a game bunch. Pamela, Rodney, Charley and Elmira skated great and all have great balance and skate technique. Rodney and Elmira were the more adventurous duo and tried out a few rides on the stairs along with a few jumps!

We finished up by skating west through the capitol mall to 3 rd St. and then when south to S St.

Bobbie join all us at Vallejo’s for food and conversation. The weather was perfect for skating and it was a pleasure having Pamela, Charley, Elmira and Rodney join us for the skate – thanks guys!

Keep skatin’

Brian

September 11, 2006

Johnny Be Good
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Danny, Morgan, Gordon, Steve, and Mark pose at 3rd and S before the Sepytember 11, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Steve, Mark, Gordon, Morgan and his son, Daniel, and I skated on Monday night, 9/11 (See phonecam photo at left.). The conditions for skating were great: air temperature was in the 80’s and a light breeze blowing. The humidity was a little high but nothing like being in the South, so no real complaints!

We decided to check out the asphalt on Jefferson Blvd in West Sac. I had recently visited a friend who lives off Davis Rd and while go there and returning, I noticed the new asphalt that now makes Jefferson a five lane road with wide shoulders.

Leaving 3 rd and S St. we skated over to O St. and went west to the Sacramento River levee and the promenade. We continued north to the Tower Bridge and crossed the Sacramento River to the West Sacramento River Walk. This took us to the north side of the ziggurat building and we skated down to G St. and continued west. G St. eventually stops at an industrial yard so we turned north on 8 th St. and skated to F St.

graphic letter We turned west on F and skated to Jefferson Blvd. Turning south on Jefferson we skated toward the promise of smooth asphalt at the deep water channel bridge … Three bone jarring, wheel grinding miles of the old Jefferson finally gave way to the new surface I had claimed would greet us. Steve and Mark cooked it on this stretch of blacktop while the rest of us in varying states of physical conditioning or non-conditioning gave chase.

We decided to cross over the bridge that crosses the deep water channel over on the Bridgeport side of town. I forgot to memorize the name of this street, probably Washington Blvd or something like that. Suffice it to say it got us back on the north side of the deep water channel and on Industrial Blvd.

The bridge provided a good leg burn on the climbing side and a quick descent on the down slope. An inclined transition on the sidewalk just west of Nor-Cal Bottling provided a play area for us to try out skating down and on inclined surfaces. Even with an audience from workers at the bottling plant, none of us took a tumble on the incline and we all survived without loss of skin or pride.

We turned east on Industrial to connect with Park Blvd. Now Park was smooth and great for skating. This street has wide shoulders and virtually no traffic. We took Park back to its intersection with Jefferson and continued north to Jefferson and Evergreen Ave. Turning east on Evergreen we skated past the old Hotel El Rancho, then turned east on West Capitol Blvd. West Cap brought us back to the Tower Bridge and we reversed our course to complete the loop back at 3 rd and S St.

My old school map and dividers puts the distance at about seven miles. We covered this distance in good time.

All us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo’s.

Keep skatin’

Brian

September 4, 2006

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Mark on top of the Hugh Stadium Bridge on the Sepytember 3, 2006 Monday Night Skate. graphic letter We had two skaters - Mark and myself. As Mark requested, we went south. Since the Sacramento River Levee is undergoing repairs, we had to chose a different southern route.

First we skated east on S Street to 24th Street. where we turned south.

Nest we skated south on 24th Street to Sutterville Road, where we turned east.

On Sutterville Road we skated up, and over the Hugh Stadium Bridge. See photo on the right. Then we had a ball skating down into Sacramento City College. !!!!!WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We skated around in Sacramento City College for awhile. It was almost empty; it was Labor Day. Then we skated around in Land Park. Then we skated west on Sutterville Road to Riverside, where we skated north.

We skated north on Riverside to Broadway. On Broadway we skated west to the Multi-Purpose Trail near Front Street, where we skated north. Skating north on this trail gives a nice view - the Sacramento River, the Tower Bridge, and the Sacramento Skyline.

We next skated east on O Street and south on 3rd Street. We were back at our 3rd and S starting point. We skated about 8 miles.

After the skate, we both enjoyed food, beverage and conversation at Valero's, where we we were joined by my girlfriend, Bobbie.

Bernie

August 28, 2006

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John, Gordon, Mark, Morgan, and Danny at the State Fair on the August 21, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Gordon, Mark, Danny, and John skate the American River Parkway on the August 21, 2006 Monday Night Skate.This update is late because partly uninstalled McAfee software corrupted my computer system. I could not connect with the Internet. I had to restore an image of my hard disk that I made in July, losing two months of work, including photos of the August 28, 2006 Monday Night Skate.

We had four skaters - Danny, Morgan, Susan, and myself. We decided to skate the American River Parkway and return on 7th Street.

First we skated north on 3rd Street, west on O Street, and north into Old Sacramento on 2nd Street. Next we skated west onto the American River Parkway. On the American River Parkway, we skated by the Sacramento Water Intake Facility. We then continued north to the Discovery park Bridge.

graphic letter We skated DOWNHILL !!!WHEEE!!! on the Discovery Park Bridge. Then we continued on the American River Parkway See photo on the left, which links to a ten second movie.

We then exited the American River Parkway onto Northgate Boulevard, where we skated south to the 12th Street Bridge. We then skated up, over, and down the 12th Street Bridge onto Richards Boulevard. !!!WHEEEE!!!

We skated west on Richards Boulevard to 7th Street, where we skated south into town. Downtown we skated around and in the Skate Capitol Park, and then we returned to our 3rd and S starting point.

Danny and Morgan estimated that we skated about 8 miles.

After the skate, we all enjoyed food, beverage and conversation at Valero's, where we we were joined by my girlfriend, Bobbie.

Bernie

August 21, 2006

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John, Gordon, Mark, Morgan, and Danny at the State Fair on the August 21, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Gordon, Mark, Danny, and John skate the American River Parkway on the August 21, 2006 Monday Night Skate.We had six skaters. Brian kindly showed up, but he had to work and could not skate. Danny, Gordon, John, Mark, Morgan, and myself were raring to go. We decided to do the American River Parkway, possibly all the way to the State Fair.

Gordon led much of the skate, but not too fast so we could all participate.

First we skated north on 3rd Street, west on O Street, and north on Front Street. In Old Sacramento, we skated north on 2nd Street onto the freeway ramp that leads to the I Street Bridge. Instead of the I Street Bride ge, we skated north and DOWNHILL !!!WHEEE!!! to the Sacramento Water Intake Facility. We then continued north to the Discovery park Bridge.

We skated DOWNHILL !!!WHEEE!!! on the Discovery Park Bridge. Then we continued on the American River Parkway See photo on the left, which links to a ten second movie.

We then continued on the American River Parkway to the State Fair, which was closed this Monday. See photo on the right.

We skated around the State Fair Grounds to Ethan Way. On Ethan Way we skated south back onto the American River Parkway (at the 6 mile marker).

We were then homeward bound. Most of our trip was on the wonderful American River Parkway. Then we exited at 20th and C Street. Skating south and west on a variety of streets, we were soon back at our 3rd and S starting point.

Danny and Morgan estimated that we skated about 14 miles.

It was after 9:00 and Vallejo's was closed. All of us, except John met at Ernesto's for great food and conversation. .

Bernie

August 14, 2006

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Steve helps Mitchell fix his skate on the August 14, 2006 Monday Night Skate.Steve, Gordon, Bernie, Mitchell and I showed up to skate. Mitchell hasn’t been to the skate in awhile but is one of the long term skaters (along with Bernie, Steve and Gordon) of at least ten years. Welcome back Mitchell! Additionally, a Sacramento Bee photojournalist, Ms. Florence Low, stopped by to shoot photos for an article being written about Bernie.

For the photo shoot, we skated over to the Sacramento River levee at 2nd St. and warmed up on the promenade area and the Sacramento City Light Pole Museum. She shot some photos and we’ll see how they turned out when the article is printed sometime later this month. We’re goin’ Hollywood…

In the light pole area, Mitchell had a skate problem, which he and Steve fixed. (See photo above.)

After leaving the light pole area we proceeded south to the access of the recreation path that is right after the abandoned train tracks crossing 2nd St.

At Broadway we skated east to 5th St. We went south on 5th to Vallejo Way and then meandered through this area to get to Carolyn Muir Way. We took this street south to 4th St. to connect with Riverside Blvd. Riverside took us to the western entrance of William Land Park.

We skated through William Land Park to 17th St. where we turned back north to begin the return leg of our skate loop. A water stop at California Middle School was made. We meandered up Marty Way to Broadway at the Tower Theater, took Broadway to Riverside/17th St. and then returned to the start point at 3rd and S.

The conditions were perfect with mild temperatures and clear skies, perfect for skating. This was 7 - 8 mile loop.

Bobbie joined us and we grabbed some food and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

August 7, 2006

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Steve, Morgan, Mark, Brian watch softball on the August 7, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Brian, Bernie, Morgan, and Mark pose at THE RIVERS on the August 7, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Steve.Bernie, Steve, Mark, Morgan and I showed up to skate and West Sacramento was chosen as our destination. We haven’t done a West Sac levee run since 8/15/05!

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. At the north end of Old Sac we took the I St. Bridge access sidewalk to get up on the elevated roadway to take the bridge across the Sacramento River. The walkway on the I St. Bridge is a terrible asphalt overlay on the original concrete walk. This rough uneven surface is a wheel wrecker and unfortunately knocks out some of the appeal of this crossing. But we’ll take the bad with the good (the good comes later in the skate.)

I St. Bridge dropped us into West Sac on what I believe is their C St. We skated around the condo development and alongside the former 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 the levee road (River Crest Drive, part of the gated Rivers Community) is open for foot, bike and skate traffic dawn to dusk.

The street surface on top of the levee is the best asphalt around and completely made up for the rough bridge surface. To top all of this, River Crest Drive has virtually no vehicle traffic.

After coming out of The Rivers Community, we posed for a photo. (See photo on the left.) Next, Lighthouse Dr.connected us with Kegle Dr., Kegle brought us to Carrie St. Traveling westward on Carrie put us at the intersection of Carrie and Todhunter Way.

The softball parks were in full swing and we cooled our wheels for a few minutes before continuing on Todhunter south to get back to Sacramento Ave (Reed Ave). (See photo on the right.)

Sacramento Ave turns into C Street as we skated east to the Sacramento levee. Bernie suggested we continue up over the I Street Bridge and go through the Amtrak station. The sidewalk from the bridge down to the Amtrak station is a straight incline and it is easy to pick speed. We regrouped in the parking lot and traveled over to 5th and H to cut across the downtown mall and head back to our starting point at 3rd and S.

This was a 10 mile loop.

Bobbie joined us for food and conversation at Vallejo’s. Hope to see everyone next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

July 31, 2006

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Skunk at the Marina on the July 24, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Steve, Gordon, Bernie, and Morgan relaxe before the July 24, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. No new photos tonight; Bernie forgot his camera. Steve, Bernie, Stuart, Mark and I skated tonight. A strong breeze was blowing from the southwest so we decided to avoid the levees and try to stay low and out of the wind. A skate to Sacramento City College by way of 24th St. was chosen.

We skated east using the alleys parallel to S St. until 9th St. or 10th St. then we jogged over to S St. and continued to 24th. We skated south to Broadway and then went east to 25th St. where we continued south to 2nd Ave.

graphic letter We then skated west to 24th St. where we continued south to Curtis Park and Sutterville Road. Taking Sutterville west over the railroad tracks became an adventure in car avoidance - major construction is occurring on the westbound lanes, the shoulder and sidewalk are closed, and right side lane is narrowed. We had to skate in the traffic lane on the down slope of the overcrossing.

The south entrance into Sacramento City College has been changed significantly. The looping road the formerly provided much excitement is now gone and a mundane “tee” connection to the college entrance and Hughes stadium is now nearing completion. It will have traffic signaling and make for a safer and more efficient intersection. It just won’t have the character of the old looping curves.

We regrouped at Sacramento City College with Steve and Bernie skating the stairs and Mark and Stuart practicing various spins (some intentional, others not) and turns around the trees in the quad. I found a bench and took a breather.

We skated through William Land Park to 17th St. and took 17th north past California Middle School. At CMS we connected with Marty Way and skated to its connection with Land Park Drive near Broadway.

A quick stop at the Tower Theater was in order and we skated west on Broadway to Riverside/11th St., 11th St. to S and S back our start at 3rd St. This was 8 - 9 mile skate.

Bernie (joined by Bobbie), Steve, and Mark stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's Restaurant.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

July 24, 2006

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Skunk at the Marina on the July 24, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Steve, Gordon, Bernie, and Morgan relaxe before the July 24, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Steve, Gordon, Bernie, Morgan and I showed up to skate (See photo on the left.), and a trip down to William Land Park was chosen. With the temperature in the 100s, going along the river to the shade and trees of William Land Park sounded good. Morgan mentioned the levee was undergoing repair work at various locations and our path may be blocked but we decided to take our chances.

We skated over to the Sacramento River levee at Front St and then proceeded south to the access of the recreation path that is right after the abandoned train tracks crossing Frint St. This section of the recreation trail is excellent for skating, the asphalt is still fairly new and very smooth!

At Broadway we skated east to the Miller Park entry gate. Bernie suggested we skate the parking lot to the perimeter sidewalk entrance and skate the full length of the walk. We were good for the change in route but two complications reared their heads – skunks on the grass near the path (See photo on the right.).

I messed around trying to photograph them, thus being left by the group as they went to the sidewalk opening. By the time I skated around to meet up with them they had already passed the “skunk zone” with no one suffering a spray attack. I have to assume skunks scattered at the sight of skaters. Skunks scatter at the sight of skaters…

graphic letter We skated to Miller Park Way and proceeded south toward the boat launch and ramp and the connection to the recreation trail up on the levee. This road is in terrible condition and skating here is only rewarded by the smooth asphalt up on the levee. We got to the recreation trail entry gate and found it closed with signage stating the path was closed (no chance for a river breeze on this skate) we turned around and skated back down Miller Park Way to Broadway.

Gordon led us through some of the back streets from Broadway to Riverside and we skated into William Land Park. I was on a mission to find the nearest water fountain and I grabbed a drink over by the “tot lot” playground.

Because of the heat we decided to cut the skate a little short and turned north onto Land Park Drive instead of continuing to the zoo and going around Fairytale Land (or is it Town?).

I was still on my hydration kick and called for a water stop at California Middle School. We then meandered up Marty Way to Broadway at the Tower Theater. We took Broadway to Riverside/11th St. and then returned to the start point at 3rd and S.

The temperature was hot but the skating was fun. This was a 7 - 8 mile loop.

We grabbed some food and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

July 17, 2006

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Mark does two transitions on the American River Parkway on the July 17, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Mark and I were theonly two skaters who showed. Mark suggested a river route because it was hot. We decided to skated to Sac State on the American River parkway.

graphic letter We left at 7:14, skating 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 to the bridge that goes both to the I Street Bridge and toward Discovery Park. Skating toward Discovery Park we had a wonderful downhill run. WHEEE!!!

After we skated into Discovery Park, we skated the American River Parkway toward Sac State. See photo above that links to 16 second "Mark Does Two Transitions" .avi movie. After the 6 mile marker, we turned south on the older American River Parkway to be closer to the river. We crosed under the H Street Bridge, then we got on it, and skated south past Sac State.

Soon we were returning to 3rd and S on M Street and several downtown streets. Mark estimated that we skated 15 miles. It ws a long skate, and a good one.

After the skate, Bobbie, Mark, and I enjoyed food, beverages, and converation at Vallejo's.

Bernie

July 10, 2006

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Morgan and Daniel get ready for the July 10, 2006 Monday Night Skate. See photo to the left. Bernie, Mark, Gordon, Morgan, Daniel, and I skated tonight. Gordon suggested a skate through Del Paso Blvd which sounded good, we haven’t made this skate in quite some time.

We skated over to 5th St. and went north to H St. and took H St. east to North 7th St. We then went north on North 7th to Richards Blvd., and east on Richards to North 12th where we skated over the river to Del Paso Blvd. Rather than continuing directly on Del Paso Blvd. and going through the railroad underpass, we skated back onto the Jeddiah Smith Recreation Trail and took the eastern leg of the trail.

This route put us back up on the outer levee of the American River, skirting along the west edge of the industrial area just off Railroad Dr.

As we passed under the Arden/Garden connector we skated down off the levee and meandered through the streets to Blackwood Way. Taking Blackwood east, we skated through the Woodlake Close area.

At Royal Oaks we went north and zigzagged over to Evergreen, Evergreen connected us to Arden Way on the west side of the Union Pacific railroad tracks where we skated the Arden overpass to get to Blumenfeld Dr. and through this industrial area to Tribute Rd.

We found a garage band practicing their set in one of the industrial tilt-ups in this area. “K Dog” is their name, Bernie chatted up the group and they should be playing at the Stoney Inn 7/21, Friday. Don't the Beer Dawgs jam at the Stoney Inn? K Dog and Beer Dawgs in da' house...

At the Tribute Rd. underpass leading back into Cal Expo we skated up onto the levee and went back to the recreation trail. We skated the rec. trail westward back to Discovery Park, crossed over the American River on the old iron bridge and continued through Old Town.

For a little variation we went east on the Capital Mall to get back to 3rd St. and skated 3rd back down to S St., arriving back at our starting point around 9:00 pm.

The weather was perfect for skating and I am going to estimate our circuitous route covered about 12 miles.

graphic letter We all stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's, where we were joined by Bernie’s girlfriend, Bobbie. Morgan and his son, Daniel, just finished a 10 day skate tour in Europe and they gave us a "pocket tour" of some of their adventures that included skating in Paris, France and The Hague, and Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

July 3, 2006

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Brian (in front), Gordon, and Bernie (behind camcorder) Skate into Discovery Park on the July 3, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Bernie, Gordon, and I skated tonight. Gordon suggested we skate the American River Rec Trail through Discovery Park and loop to mid-town, Bernie suggested West Sacramento, I mumbled okay in agreement to both.

The recreation trail run was more inviting, nice scenery, smooth asphalt, cooler temperature etc.
Discovery Park here we come…

Starting 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, down 2nd St. and reconnected with the recreation trail north of the Railroad Museum. Of course, we couldn't just skate without additional diversions. Upon reaching the new municipal water intake facility, Bernie and Gordon took a skating tour out on the structure. I stayed at the water fountain at the entrance and practiced skating backwards. The new skates I had on were stiff and the backwards skating really helped break them in – or break-in my shins!

Continuing again to skate, we skated into Discovery Park where, Bernie tried to catch video of us skating. See photo above that links to 31 second "Skating Into Discovery Park" avi movie.

We made good time on the recreation trail, looped around the retention pond area parallel to Camp Pollock 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 27th St (Almond Growers Coop).

Skating east on C St. to 25th or 26th St. we skated south to past Sutter’s Fort and meandered back to S St.

S St. brought us back to the parking lot completing 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.

graphic letter We stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. Bobbie met us there and saved Bernie a skate home. Hope to see everyone next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

June 26, 2006

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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. Mark, Steve, Gordon and I skated tonight. A William Land Park route was suggested and agreed upon.

We skated on 3rd Street to Broadway and then took the short jaunt to the Miller Park entry. We took the perimeter sidewalk down along the water. Gordon warned us about skunks being out and one was actually center stage with its tail in the ready position as we skated up from the marina dock access. Gordon chose to back track and skate the high sidewalk to avoid confrontation with the striped critter. Mark and I advanced slowly toward “Pepe LePeuw” until he decided to clear out and head for the bushes.

Cutting through the parking lot we ended up at Miller Park Drive and skated this to connect with the multi-use trail on the levee just south of the parking lot and boat launch.

graphic letter We skated on the levee path to Sutterville Road; Sutterville to the Riverside connecting ramp. We skated Riversided Avenue to 13th Ave.

We skated through the west end of William Land Park over to Land Park Drive. We skated through the park to the 15th Ave. entrance and connected with 18th Ave. 18th took us north, out of the park and connected with 17th St.

We meandered north to California Middle School, grabbed a quick drink and kept going. Skating Land Park Dr., a quick stop was made at the Tower Theater. See photos from July 25, 2005 Monday Nighr Skate.

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, temps in the low 90s, clear skies, and a strong delta breeze. This was 7 - 8 mile loop.

We all stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

June 19, 2006

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Rusty bandages a blister at Sac State on the June 19, 2006 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had five skaters - Morgan, Gordon, John, Rusty, and myself. John had recently skated the marathon at Calistoga. Gordon suggested Sac State as a destination. We agreed to go there on T Street and return on M.

Gordon led most of the skate, starting off by going east on S Street. After crossing Alhambra, we eventually skated south to T Street.

We continued east on T Street to 59th Street. Then we went north to M Street. We turned east on M Street, north again, then east on Elvas. From Elvas we skated north into Sac State.

At Sac State, all of us but Rusty enjoyed skating down a fun parking lot. !!!!!WHEEE!!!!! Nest we waited while Rusty took care of the blister from his new skates. See photo on left above.

We returned from Sac State by skating west on M Street, breaking along the way. We skated west on Capitol, passing Mari Tonin and Jerry Brooks at The Rubicon, Soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated 10 miles.

We got back to 3rd and S after 9:00 p.m. Rusty had dropped off at his home to care for his blister. Gordon went to talk with Mari and Jerry. John went home. Morgan and I stayed at Vallejo's.

Brian, Mark, Morgan, and myself, and possibly others have registered to join the 2006 Sacramento Branch of the National Skate Patrol. Gordon, Steve, and others have been invited, and may join.

Bernie

June 12, 2006

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Photo of bridge skaters that links to an avi movie of them skating part of the Arden-Garden Highway Bridge.

graphic letter We had four skaters - Danny, Ken, Morgan, and myself. After discussion, we decided to do a skate that had not been done for several years - An American River Parkway, Arden - Garden Highway Bridge, American River parkway skate.

First we Third Street, and Front Street into Old Sacramento, entering on 2nd Street to enjoy a hill and avoid any traffic lights.

From Old Sacramento we went west on I Street. At the I Street Bridge, we skated north to enjoy coming down a fun hill !!!!!WHEEE!!!!! on our way toward Discovery Park.

On our way to Discovery Park, we enjoyed a break at the City of Sacramento water intake facility, which was open, so we could skate around it and look at it.

Soon we were again skating north to the Discovery Park Bridge. Skating west on the bridge, we entered Discovery Park. In beautiful Discovery Park, we enjoyed skating east to Del Paso Boulevard, with two breaks along the way.

Near Del Paso, we skated north on the trail to Rio Linda. After skating about half a mile, we skated off the trail onto the Arden - Garden Highway Bridge. We enjoyed skating up and down this bridge. (See photo above on the right, which links to an avi movie.).

graphic letter We next skated south on Northgate to the American River Parkway, which we skated into Old Sacramento. After skating along the waterfront for a while, we skated Front Street south, O Street east, and 3rd Street south back to our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated 8 to 10 miles. We got back to 3rd and S at 9:00 p.m. It was late, and we all went home without sharing food, beverages, and conversation.

I invited Danny, Ken, and Morgan to join the Skate Patrol. Brian, Mark, and myself, and possibly others have registered to join the 2006 Sacramento Branch of the National Skate Patrol.

Bernie

June 5, 2006

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Discovery Park Bathroom showing flood lines on the June 5, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Alex, Mark, Bryan, Brian, and Steve take a break on the American River Parkway on the June 5,  2006 Monday Night Skate. Bernie, Bryan, Mark, Steve, Alex and I showed up for the skate on 6/5/06. Bryan was rolling on a new pair of skates. Alex, a speed skater, was rolling 100 mm wheels. Bernie has his 100’s – the rest of us are still old school.

A Natomas route was chosen. 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, skated down 2nd St. to reconnect with the recreation trail just north of the Railroad Musuem. I tried skating through Discovery Park on 5/8/06 but the trail was still covered with sand and in areas, flooded with water.
The high water mark was evident on the bathroom structure (See photo above on the left.).

All the sand has been cleared, the park is in great shape and we made good time on the trail, where we took a nice break. (See photo above on the right.).

graphic letter We took the new rec trail ramp up to Northgate Blvd and crossed Garden Hwy then continued north to Northfield Dr., skated slightly west over to
Northington(?) and Northfield, crossing through Ninos Park to West El Camino.

At Fairweather Dr. we skated north and followed Fairweather to Northgate Park. A quick water break was taken and we continued by skating westward on Bannon Creek Drive to connect with the Bannon Creek Recreation Trail/Park. This trail looped us back south to West El Camino.

Natomas Park Drive took us south where we crossed back over Garden Hwy and reentered Discovery Park. We returned back to our start point on the recreation trail back through Old Sac, etc. Estimated distance: 8 miles. The weather conditions were perfect for skating.

A group of us stayed for food/conversation at Vallejo’s where we were joined by Bernie’s girlfriend, Bobbie.

Hope to see everyone next week!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

May 29, 2006

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Mark, Dan, Rusty, Bernie, and Morgan pose near the Tower Bridge  on the May 22, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo for Morgan by tourist. Gordon, Rusty, Mark, and Morgan skate south on a path between Front Street and the Sacramento River on the May 29, 2006 Monday Night Skate. We had 7 skaters – Daniel, Gordon, Mark, Morgan, Rusty, Steve, and myself. As suggested by Gordon, we decided to skate south along the side of the Sacramento River.

First we skated north on 3 rd Street to O Street, where we skated west to Front Street. We stopped at Front Street at the same place we stopped last week (See photo above on the left.).

Instead of skating north like we did last week, this week we skated south on Front Street and the path near it. (See photo above on the right.).

Steve had problems with one of his wheels and his heel brake on Broadway near Miller Park, and it took about 15 minutes to fix it. I had skated ahead to show some of the marinas, not knowing Steve had a problem, which the others were helping him fix. When I looked back, I didn't see anybody, so I figured the group had skated on ahead of me. I then skated ahead very fast, trying to catch the group, not knowing that they were behind me.

graphic letter We had two separate, but similar skates - me and the other skaters.

I went south on Ramp Road and the Sacramento River Levee to Sutterville Road. I next skated east on Sutterville Road to the Sacramento Zoo.

From the Zoo I skated through and around in Land Park, taking an extra loop around the golf course. Next I went north on 18th and 17th Streets to California Middle School.

After skating down some stairs at The Middle School, I skated north on Marty Way to the Tower Theater. I'm looking forward to seeing, "A Prairie Home Companion".

Thanks to Broadway, 11th Street, and S Street, soon I was back at our 3rd and S starting point. An soon the other skaters were there too.

I estimate that we skated about 8 miles.

After the skate four of us enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Vallejo's. Bobbie, my girlfriend, joined us. Gordon, Mark, and Steve said they would join the Skate Patrol.

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise; my heart rate was between 120 and 136 for 70 minutes!  

Bernie

May 22, 2006

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Morgan skates down a ramp near the waterfront on the May 22, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Dan skates down a ramp near the waterfront on the May 22, 2006 Monday Night Skate. We had 5 skaters – Daniel, Mark, Morgan, Rusty, and myself. It was nice to have Morgan bring his son, Daniel. We decided to again skate the American River Parkway, but to do it differently from last time.

First we skated north on 3 rd Street to O Street, where we skated west to Front Street. Next we skated north on Front Street to the waterway ramp into Old Sacramento. We skated down and up into Old Sacramento on this ramp near the waterfront. (See photos above on the left and the right.).

In Old Sacramento we skated south to 2nd Street, and north 'till the end of 2nd Street, and north again for one block. We were on the American River Parkway.

Next we skated north on the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge. After regrouping, we skated west on the Discovery Park Bridge into Discovery Park.

graphic letter We then skated the American River Parkway east to Northgate Boulevard, where we skated up onto the new multi-purpose trail ramp.

After again discussing where we wanted to go, we skated back onto the American River Parkway, which we skated to its 20th and C Streets exit.

We skated south on 19th Street to K Street, where we skated west to 11th Street, which we skated south into Capitol Park. Most of the skaters wanted more, so we skated around and through Capitol Park. Three of us even skated down the West Steps of the Capitol. Whee!!!

Next we headed back to our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated 8 to 10 miles.

After the skate four of us enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Vallejo's. Bobbie, my girlfriend, joined us.

Bernie

May 15, 2006

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Stuart, Rusty, Gordon, Charity, and Ken take a break near the Sacramento River on the May 15, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Gordon, Ken, Stuart, and Charity zoom into Discovery Park on the May 15, 2006 Monday Night Skate. We had 6 skaters – Charity, Gordon, Ken, Rusty, Stuart, and myself. We decided to check out the American River Parkway, to see if it is still flooded or now OK.

Gordon led much of our skate. First we skated north on 3 rd Street to O Street, where we skated west to Front Street.Next we skated north on Front Street into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento four of us skated up and down the parking lot.

Next we skated south to 2nd Street, and north 'till the end of 2nd Street, and north again for one block. We were on the American River Parkway.

Next we skated north on the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge. After regrouping, we skated west on the Discovery Park Bridge into Discovery Park.

graphic letter We then skated the American River Parkway east to Northgate Boulevard, where Gordon led us up onto the new multi-purpose trail ramp.

After again discussing where we wanted to go, we skated south on Northgate Boulevard onto the Twelfth Street Bridge, and south up over the bridge and down (WHEEE!) onto Richard's Boulevard.

On Richard's Boulevard we skated west to 7th Street. We skated south on 7th Street, stopping at 14th and H so two of us could skate up and down a great parking lot (with an elevator).

Soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point. Rusty estimate we skated 7 miles.

After the skate four of us enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Vallejo's.

Bernie

May 8, 2006

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Stuart, Rusty, Steve, John, and Mark relaxe near the Tower Bridge on the May 8, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Steve fixes skate for Mark near the Sacramento River on the May 8, 2006 Monday Night Skate. We had 7 skaters – John, Ken, Mark, Rusty, Steve, Stuart, and myself. Ken is a new skater, who found us through this website. Stuart suggested a southern skate along the Sacramento River Levee, and this is the skate the group voted to do.

Steve led most of our skate. First we skated north on 3 rd Street to O Street, where we skated west to Front Street. (See photo on left.).

Next we skated south on Front Street to the new path close to the Sacramento River.

graphic letter We then skated the new path south to Broadway and then we skated west to Miller Park and the Marina. The water and the boats were very high.

We skated around the Marina, taking only the higher road. Then we skated south on Ramp Road to where we could skate onto the Sacramento River Levee.

Next we skated south on the Levee to Sutterville Road (See photo on right.). After breaking, we skated east on Sutterville Road to the Sacramento Zoo.

After resting, we left the Sacramento Zoo to skate through Land Park.

When we left Land Park, we skated north on 17th Street to California Middle School, where we took a break.

After leaving California Middle School, we skated north on Land Park to the Tower Theater.

Next we enjoyed a stop at the Tower Theater. Then we skated Broadway west to to 11th Street, where we skated north to S Street. After skating west we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated about 8 miles.

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise, scenery, and friends!

After the skate five of us enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Vallejo's. Also joining us was Brian, who had been busy with his family, and my girlfriend, Bobbie.

Bernie

May 1, 2006

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Steve and Mitchell on Richards Boulevard on the February 5, 2001 Monday Night Skate. Rusty and Mark turn back at the flooding of the American River Parkway near Del Paso Boulevard on the May 1, 2006 Monday Night Skate. The weather is getting better (read: no rain) and our skating group increased to seven skaters this week:

Steve, Bernie, Mark, Stuart, Bryan, Rusty and I comprised the crew for this Monday's skate.

Rusty is a skater from back-in-the-days with Steve and Bernie and the Monday Night Skate and Friday Night Skate groups from ten years ago. Welcome back Rusty!

Obviously, he has kept skating cuz' he rolls right along with street skills, spin stops and all. Bryan is also another returning skater and he is rolling right along. Mark was able to break away from his Physics coursework at CSUS to skate - skating is all about CG placement and accelerations... Stuart is back so we haven't scared him off. Speaking of CGs, Stuart is still laying down an awesome spin stop. He just needs to refine his control of his CG placement... :-)

A skate to CSUS was chosen with a planned route through downtown to North 7th Street to Richards Blvd , over the 12th Street Bridge to the Del Paso Blvd connection of the Jedediah Smith Recreation Trail and the trail to CSUS. We had a few delays along the way:

First delay was a pit stop at Rusty's apartment to pick up his wrist guards.

Then, Stuart had a skate that was not fitting right and kept loosening,

Next, Bryan lost an axle screw somewhere in the I St block of 7th St. and had to remove the misaligned wheel and skate on three wheels in this skate. Even with these occurrences the skate was proceeding well, the weather was perfect and we had a good group. Our skate on North 7th St. to Richards was uneventful (See photo on left.), and we proceeded east to N. 12th St. and we crossed over the American River - everyone's equipment was hanging together.

At the Del Paso Blvd crossing of the trail we found water is still flooding this connection (See photo on right.).Skaters: 0 Mother Nature: 2 (Steve and Bernie attempted this same route last week and had to change their skate because of the high water).

graphic letter We decided on a truncated skate and skirted around the water to the recreation trail entrance that is slightly south and east at the Del Paso Blvd exit off Hwy 160. We took the trail to the bike/ped bridge over the American River . The river high, the water a beautiful emerald and the amber sun reflecting off the river provided a postcard view to the west as we crossed the bridge (maybe I should get a camera!)

Steve set a quick pace on the trail to the connection at N St. where we decided just to skate cross town on 20th St. and connected with Capitol Ave. and take Capitol over to 9th St., and 9th to S St.

A quick skate on S St. brought us back to 3rd and S, our starting point. Estimated distance: 6 miles.

Vallejo's was closed so we decided to swing over to Willie's just off Broadway at 16th St. Rusty, Steve, Stuart, Bernie (and his girlfriend, Bobbie) and I gave Willie's a taste test and no complaints were heard.

The discussions ran the gamut from Kings b-ball, Raiders football, politics, and the San Francisco Friday Night Skate. We are still friends – go figure!

Until next week, keep skatin'

Brian

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise, scenery, and friends!

April 24, 2006

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Steve and Mitchell on Richards Boulevard on the February 5, 2001 Monday Night Skate. BUSH LIED I DIED sign on Marty Way on the April 17, 2006 Monday Night Skate. We had two skaters tonight: Steve and myself. Steve suggested that we look at the flooding in the American River Parkway, and that we skate down Richards Boulevard.

First we skated north on 3 rd Street and west to the end of O Street . After a brief rest, we skated north on Front Street into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated south to 2 nd Street , then we skated north to the end of 2 nd Street , and west onto the American River Parkway , a FANTABULOUS multi-use trail.

After resting and looking at the scenery, we skated north on the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge . On the bridge, we skated into Discovery Park , and discovered that most of it was flooded..

graphic letter We skated east back up the Discovery Park Bridge . Then we skated east and south on the Discovery Park Road to Richards Boulevard , where we skated east.

Skating east on Richards Boulevard , we stopped at and went into Club Fantasy. All we could see were the male bouncers. See photo on left.).

We continued east to the 12 th Street Bridge, where we skated north to cross the bridge. At the bottom of the bridge, we did more flood investigation by looking through the vehicle stopper on Del Paso Boulevard . See photo on right.).

Then we were homeward bound. We skated south over the B Street Bridge and south on the American River Parkway to about 20 th and C Streets. After skating through town, mainly south on 19 th Street and west on the alley south of R Street we were back at our 3 rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated about 8 miles.

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise, scenery, and friends!

After the skate, Steve, and I, and my girlfriend, Bobbie, enjoyed food, conversation, and drink at Vallejo 's.

Bernie

April 17, 2006

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Gordon and Steve look at the Sacramento River on the April 17, 2006 Monday Night Skate. BUSH LIED I DIED sign on Marty Way on the April 17, 2006 Monday Night Skate. We had 3 skaters – Gordon, Steve, and myself. Gordon led us on a South Area skate, a skate down the Sacramento River Levee.

First we skated north on 3 rd Street to O Street, where we skated west to Front Street. (See photo on left.).

Next we skated south on Front Street to the new path close to the Sacramento River.

graphic letter We then skated the new path south to Broadway and then we skated west to Miller Park and the Marina. The water and the boats were very high.

We skated around the Marina, taking only the higher road. Then we skated south on Ramp Road to where we could skate onto the Sacramento River Levee.

Next we skated south on the Levee to Sutterville Road. After breaking, we skated east on Sutterville Road to the Riverside ramp. We skated north on Riverside to 12th or 13th Ave. After breaking, we skated a loop around the golf course.

When we left Land Park, we skated north on 17th Street to California Middle School, where we took a break.

After leaving California Middle School, we skated north on Marty Way, (See photo on right.), skating parallel to Land Park Drive.

Next we enjoyed a stop at the Tower Theater. Then we skated Broadway west to to 11th Street, where we skated north to S Street. After skating west we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated 8 to 10 miles.

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise, scenery, and friends!

After the skate al three of us enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Vallejo's. Also joining us was my girlfriend, Bobbie.

Bernie

April 10, 2006

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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000. Graphic letter W ow! Three weeks in a row we were rained out! Streets and sidewalks VERY wet and more rain expected at 7:00 p.m.

Doesn't get dark till 7:48 p.m. now. We'll be skating in warm daylight soon!

As Brian said in a recent email, "April showers bring May flowers."

Bernie

April 2, 2006

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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000. Graphic letter W e were rained out again. Streets and sidewalks too wet for safe skating, and dark clouds threatening even more rain.

Doesn't get dark till 7:41 p.m. now. We'll be skating in warm daylight soon!

Bernie

March 27, 2006

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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000. Graphic letter W ild, wet weather continued in Sacramento with a late afternoon storm making the streets too wet for safe skating.

Keep Skatin,

Brian

March 20, 2006

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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000. Following a beautiful weekend rain came back to Sacramento. At 6:45 pm in Rancho Cordova rain was falling and a call to Bernie confirmed the same conditions downtown... too wet for a safe skate.

Graphic letter Weather permitting the skate will happen next week!

Keep Skatin,

Brian

March 13, 2006

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Stuart, Brian, and Bernie pose at 3rd and S before the February 20, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Bryan.

Bernie and I showed up to skate tonight and we decided to take a short skate. I was nursing a strained knee and a long skate would not have been a good idea. A quick loop out to McKinley Park sounded just right so we started off by taking 4 th St. north to R St. and skating east on R.

At 15 th St. we skated north to P St. with a slight diversion through Fremont Park. Eastward on P St. we connected with 21 st St. and went north to Capitol. We took Capitol to Alhambra and Alhambra north to McKinley Park.

The temperatures were much cooler when we started and the winds were quite strong, but by the time we got to McKinley Park the air temp was a little warmer and the wind had either reduced or was being blocked.
Regardless of the reasons for the temperature change, I was cooking in my layers of clothing and took off the sweater I had under my nylon shell.

After cooling our heels for about 5 minutes, Bernie and I got going again and skated south on Alhambra back to Capitol. Westward on Capitol to 15th Blvd got us to Capitol Park as a few raindrops began to fall – the storm front that had been expected to bring rain was almost to Sacramento. We meandered to 9 th St. and skated south to the alley between R and S. Bernie had found this alley to be pretty smooth and lacking car traffic.

graphic letter We made good time through the alley and got back to 4 th Street around 9 pm. This was a 4-1/2 to 5 mile loop.

Bernie and I had food and conversation at Vallejo’s – just the standard light stuff: politics and world affairs and a sprinkling of his trip to Miami for the Great EsSkate. The rain was coming down steady by the time we left so I gave Bernie a ride to his house.

Until next week and conditions allowing, Keep Skatin’

Brian

March 6, 2006

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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000. "March Madness" continues! I called Bernie around 5:20 pm to get an update on the downtown and midtown streets - too wet for safe skating. So chalk another Monday Night up to Mother Nature and we'll see how the conditions shape up next week.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

February 27, 2006

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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 heavily the night before, and off and on during the day. At 7:00 p.m. it was still raining, and the streets were way too wet for safe skating.

Bernie

February 20, 2006

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Stuart, Brian, and Bernie pose at 3rd and S before the February 20, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Bryan.

graphic letter We had four skaters tonight: Bernie, Stuart, Bryan and I. Before skating we posed for a photograph (See photo on right.). We decided on a CSUS skate and proceeded east on R St. R St. has terrible asphalt so we eventually crossed over to S. We skated S St. to Alhambra and then connected with T St. We skated 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, Bernie went to the top floor to take a downhill run, the rest of us just chilled at the water fountain.

We returned by skating over to the H Street campus entrance 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.

Though cooler than last week, the conditions were good for skating and this 12 mile loop was a good skate - no injuries this week so this was a great skate!

Bernie and Stuart stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. I had to get home to take of some "honey dos" so I'll have to hear about Bernie's trip to Miami for the Great EsSkate on another evening (maybe he'll post a download for us on the website). There are links to Great EsSkate photos in the emails of the Monitored Email Group of this Sacramento Skating website.

I hope to see everyone next week.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

Mark, Bryan, and Brian break at West Sacramento City Hall on the February 6, 2006 Monday Night Skate.

Mark, Bryan, Stuart and I showed up to skate tonight.
Bryan is rejoining the skating world after being off his skates for a few years and he is moving right along (he joined us last week and we must not have scared him off).

Stuart is very new to his skates, two weeks and counting! He has excellent balance and skate control for such a short time up on wheels. He is stridin’ and glidin’, heel brakin’ and spin stopping. He claims the spin stops are not completely under control but he can only get better!

I still don’t have a good camera so a lame photo, which I did not forward, is all I have. My apologies to Bryan and Stuart! See photo from last week.

graphic letter We skated over to the Sacramento River levee at 2nd St and then proceeded south taking the multi-use trail toward Miller Park. This is new asphalt - new and very smooth, the skating is good in this neighborhood.

We skated the new path to Broadway and then took the short jaunt to the Miller Park entry. Feral cats greeted us and scurried away, while we kept a sharp eye out for skunks. Part of the marina’s perimeter sidewalk is still flooded so we had to stick to the higher path rather than dropping down along the water.

Cutting through the parking lot we ended up at Miller Park Drive and skated this to connect with the multi-use trail on the levee just south of the parking lot and boat launch.

Up on the levee we startled a skunk, and it scampered in front us before cutting off into the bushes. We still don’t know if skunks can spray while on the run and this skunk didn’t educate us with a perfuming. So for now I will think that they have to be set before they let loose a volley of scent.

We skated the levee path to Sutterville Road; Sutterville to the Riverside connecting ramp (which connects to Keniston?); Keniston to 13th Ave. We skated the 13 through the west end of William Land Park over to Land Park Drive. Stuart performed another excellent spin stop - the guy has an internal gyro!

Onward we traveled to the 15th Ave. entrance and skated 15th Ave. to connect with 18th Ave. 18th took us north, out of the park and connected with 17th St.

We meandered north to California Middle School, grabbed a quick drink and kept going. We crossed over the Marty Way, skating parallel to Land Park Dr. 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, temps in the 70s, clear skies, no wind. This was a 7 - 8 mile loop.

Mark and I stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

February 6, 2006

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Mark, Bryan, and Brian break at West Sacramento City Hall on the February 6, 2006 Monday Night Skate.

Steve, Mark, Bernie, Bryan and I skated tonight. Bryan was a returning skater from many years ago. He has been off his skates for a while but seemed to roll just fine. A West Sacramento route was chosen and we started off around 7:20pm.

graphic letter We skated north on 3rd Street to O Street and O Street west to the Sacramento River levee. We regrouped at the top of the levee and skated north on the levee promenade to Capitol Mall and the Tower Bridge, where we stopped for a photo op.

We crossed the Tower Bridge to West Sacramento and then skated their brick surfaced "River Walk" north to the sidewalk access at the ziggurat and parking structure. This sidewalk connected us to 2nd Street in West Sac. Steve once again showed off his amazing balance and skating ability (the guy is a cat) at the access sidewalk by skating down the concrete curbing.

The sidewalk's slope is certainly no greater than the legal ADA allowable, about 8%, but with 60 to 70 yards of run to gain speed and at most 6 inches width on top to roll on, this curb run requires excellent skate control or you will end up in the ground cover and picking burrs out of your skin. One day, I'll give it a go, tonight I played it safe and stuck to the sidewalk.

At 2nd Street we continued north, crossing the railroad tracks, and then turned west on C Street. We took 5th Street north to Lighthouse Dr. and skated Lighthouse to Kegle Dr. Kegle north to Carrie St, and Carrie looped us around to Todhunter Ave. Todhunter connects with Sacramento Ave., and we turned east to begin our return.

Sacramento Ave. is a busy, poorly lit street with bad asphalt, the sidewalk is a better choice in this area. At Jefferson we turned south and skated to West Capitol Ave. Eastward we continued on West Cap, taking a break along the way at West Sacramento City Hall (See photo.}.

After our break, we continued to reconnect with the "River Walk" area at the Tower Bridge. We skated over the bridge and returned to the parking lot at 3rd and S St.

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

The weather conditions were great for skating and this was a fun 6.5 mile loop. Hopefully, Bryan is no worst for wear after strapping the skates back on! Bernie will be checking out the Great ESkate in Florida next week - have fun!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

January 30, 2006

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

It was too wet tonight to go play on the streets of Sacramento. Bernie and I discussed the conditions around 4:30pm and decided the day's storm activity had left the streets too wet for safe skating. So weather permitting, I will see everyone next week!

Brian

January 23, 2006

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Gordon, Bernie, Steve, Mark pose on Front Street on the January 23, 2006 Monday Night Skate.  Photo by Brian.

graphic letter We had 5 skaters tonight - Brian, Gordon, Mark, Steve, and myself. We decided to do a Sacramento River Levee skate.

graphic letter We skated north on 3rd Street to O Street, and west on O Street to Front Street, where we stopped for some photos with the Tower Bridge in the background (See photo.}. Next we skated south on Front Street to Broadway, where we skated west into Miller Park.

After skating into Miller Park and looking at the Boats in the Marina, we skated around the Marina, except the part of the trail that was flooded.

Next we skated south on Ramp Road to the Sacramento River Levee - rough pavement. Next we skated south on the Sacramento River Levee to Sutterville Road. Quite a great run by the Sacramento River!

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. We skated north on 17th Street to California Middle School, then north on Land Park to Broadway. A quick stop was made at the Tower Theater. We skated west on Broadway to 11th St. and then North on 11th Street to S Street. After skating west we soon were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated around 8 miles.

After the skate, Brian felt ill and went home. Gordon, Mark, Steve, and I stayed at Vallejo's for food, drink, and conversation.

Bernie

January 16, 2006

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Steve and Brian look at Brian's camera before the Januyary 16, 2006 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We checked our cameras before leaving (See photo.}. Skating tonight was Steve, Bernie, and I.

Bernie suggested skating to CSUS and this sounded good to all. We skated east on S Street and crossed over to T Street just before Stockton Blvd, 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 connected with 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. It being MLK, Jr. Day, the campus was deserted and the parking structure virtually empty. Bernie snapped a photo and we skated back down. Leaving the campus we meandered over to the main entrance on H Street.

We returned by skating H Street and looped back to 58th St. where we turned on M St. Skating west on M St to Alhambra, we took Alhambra to Capitol, Capitol to the Capitol Park and skating through the park to probably 10th St. I didn’t pay attention to the streets, I just wanted to get to Vallejo’s for food.

This was my first skate in about one month and my legs were feeling it. Skating west on S St. we finished back at the parking lot.

This was a fun 12 mile loop. The weather was crisp and clear and nice for skating. Bernie, Steve and I stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's.

Hopefully, we have good skate conditions next week.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

January 9, 2006

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Bernie, Noble's Wife, Mark, and the Tower Bridge on  the Januyary 9, 2006 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Noble.

graphic letter We decided to do a Sacramento River Levee skate. Brian was with us, but could not skate because he had to do a design project at work. Mark and I were the only guys there to do the skate.

graphic letter We skated north on 3rd Street to O Street, and west on O Street to Front Street, where we met a couple from India (See photo.}. Next we skated south on Front Street to Broadway, where we skated west into Miller Park.

After skating into Miller Park and looking at the Boats in the Marina, Mark and I skated around the Marina, except the part of the trail that was flooded. We went by 2 skunks, but we lucked out.

Next we skated south on Ramp Road to the Sacramento River Levee - rough pavement. Next we skated south on the Sacramento River Levee to Sutterville Road. Quite a great run by the Sacramento River!

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. We skated north on 17th Street to California Middle School, then north on Marty Drive to Broadway. A quick stop was made at the Tower Theater. We skated west on Broadway to 11th St. and then North on 11th Street to S Street. After skating west we soon were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated around 8 miles.

After the skate, Mark and I stayed at Vallejo's for food, drink, and conversation.

Bernie

January 2, 2006

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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 heavily for several days in Sacramento, and at 7:00 p.m., the streets were way too wet for safe skating.

Bernie



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