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2010 Monday Night Skates (Leaving 3rd & S at 7:00 p.m.)

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December 27, 2010

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So far I know nothing about the December 27, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

YouTube video of December 14, 2009 Christmas Light Skate. Brian poses in front of the Memorial Auditorium on the December 20, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Link to Google Map documenting this Nonday Night Skate. December 20, 2010 ice skaters in Sacramento.

December 20, 2010 photos, map, and YouTube movies linked to above.. Above on the left is a link to a 2009 Christams lights skate, next is a link to Brian posing in front of the Memorial Auditorium, next is a link to a Google Map of tonight's skate, last is a link to one of Brian's YouTube videos of Sacramento ice skaters.

I hope to see YOU at our January 3, 2011 Monday Night Skate!

Bernie

December 20, 2010

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Solo Skater for 12/20 MSN

YouTube video of December 14, 2009 Christmas Light Skate. Brian poses in front of the Memorial Auditorium on the December 20, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Link to Google Map documenting this Nonday Night Skate. December 20, 2010 ice skaters in Sacramento.

Let’s see how the 12/20 Christmas Light Skate shook out – it didn’t. The wild weather of the previous days set unappealing conditions: wet streets with predicted showers threatening the region, cool winds blowing from the north east, slick leaves and a myriad of sticks and branches cast to the ground; each a hazard. Above on the left is a link to a 2009 Christams lights skate, next is a link to Brian posing in front of the Memorial Auditorium, next is a link to a Google Map of tonight's skate, last is a link to one of Brian's YouTube videos of Sacramento ice skaters.

I spoke to Bernie around 5 pm and he gave me early warning that with the wet conditions and his need to be healthy during his upcoming travels he would miss the skate tonight. I arrived at 3rd and S around 7:05 pm and figured I’d wait until 7:20 pm or so to allow any other skaters to show up. None did so I decided to take a casual skate through and around downtown; grabbing a photo (got my “Dig Me” stance workin’) prior to starting.

I meandered along the downtown streets; the ice skate rink at St. Rose of Lima Park caught my attention. Now, here I am on a solo skate, free to do whatever I please. Why not double dip tonight? Street and Ice Skating! Man, if Morgan were here I am sure he would be game to put on the steel blades and take to the ice. So the task was left for me alone – someone has to do it!

I checked the rink’s office for their skate sessions and found out the next one started at 8 pm. This left me with half an hour to kill – just enough time to skate back toward the Capitol Bldg and check out the State Christmas Tree. I skated north to J St, turned east and skated toward the Convention Center. At Cesar Chavez (Plaza) Park I detoured for a quick loop and diagonal crossing of the park; stopped just short of the ConCenter marquee to grab a photo – The Nutcracker is a traditional favorite!

At Memorial Auditorium I stopped for another photo (check out my spin moves on the steps); a cloud dappled sky framed the stony edifice with holiday lighting bathing the columns and façade in stunning colors. By this time the weather was actually turning out quite nice - the wind had died down and the temperature was hovering probably in the mid 40’s. As I left the auditorium only a trio strolling by, a lucky guy squiring two beautiful ladies took a moment to take their own photos. What a perfect evening!

I skated south to loop around Capitol Park and take a quick photo op at the State Christmas Tree and then proceeded back to the ice rink; the eight o’clock session was just starting. Cool! I handed over my ten dollars (eight for skating, two for skate rental); got my ice skates; took off my inlines and associated pads and helmet; strapped the steely ice blades on and took to the ice. What a blast! Hey, the rink is small but the music, ambiance and energy of the skaters on the ice was pure goofy fun. The music was top/pop holiday favorites and I highly recommend giving this little gem a spin. A Google Map link is here (and above):
Google Map link .

I played around on the ice for about an hour, grabbed a video (check out the link); returned the rental skates; put on my inline gear and skated back to the start point at 3rd and S.

Call it a night! I packed my gear and headed home. With the clearing skies over the Sacramento region a great view of the lunar eclipse would be had.

So until next week – Keep Skatin’

Brian

December 13, 2010

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Seven Skaters Loop The Lights

Skating through hoops of Christmas lights on S Street on the December 10, 2007 Monday Night Skate. YouTube video of December 14, 2009 Christmas Light Skate. Link to Google Map documenting this Nonday Night Skate. December 13, 2010 Christmas Light Skate 4 Photo Show.

The December 13th Christmas Light Skate had seven participants: Bernie, Gordon, Steve, Morgan, Jacob (Morgan’s son), Mark and myself. We were honored to have Mark and Jacob join the skate. They are college students and both had to travel a bit in order to join us: Jacob from UC Santa Barbara; Mark from UC Merced. Physics is their game and rest assured America your future is in good hands. Above on the left are links to 2 previous Christmas Light Skates. Above on the right are links to a Google Map of tonight's skate and a link to a 4 photo show of tonight's skate.

I arrived a bit late (7:20+/-) so I don’t know how democratic the process for choosing the skate route was; the group had already left but with prior knowledge of the typical “Christmas Light” skates I went east on S St with a plan to visit the Elmhurst neighborhood with a continuation through the Fab Forties – somewhere in this journey I hoped to meet up with the main skate group. The typical route takes S St east to 32nd St with a quick jaunt south to T St where the eastward journey is continued. Just past the Stockton Blvd intersection the Elmhurst neighborhood begins - this area is quite beautiful day or night.

As I turned onto 53rd St I saw the skate group checking out the lights and displays on S St – pretty cool to meet up with the crew! Many visitors traveling on foot, by bike and in vehicles were cruising along on S. The guys were ready to continue the skate so we got rolling – taking 53rd north and turning west on the 52nd/53 rd St connection. 52nd St brought us back southward to T St and we continued west on T to 48th St. Turning north on 48th St we passed by the nice light display at the house just south of the freeway overcrossing.

48th connects with Folsom Blvd and makes a little eastward offset; we continued north toward M St. Somewhere in this area the skate group temporarily got split in two - Morgan, Mark and Jacob in one; Gordon, Bernie, Steve and I in the other. Gordon mentioned the others were heading over to 43rd so we skated west on M. The Fab Forties folks really put on the Ritz with their lighting displays. Our two groups regrouped and we continued to meander through the streets checking out the lights. Bernie took a few photo ops in and around the displays - check them out!

Our return leg of the skate covered familiar ground with an M St traverse to a connection to Alhambra; Alhambra to Capitol Ave; Capitol to 15th St; 15th to N St; N to 7th. At 7th St we turned westward on R St to 4th to return back to the start point – just another “run through the numbers”. The route is charted in "Christmas Light Skate #1". which is in a Google Map linked to above.

Vallejo’s was closed so Chipotle at 19th and Capitol was chosen for another après-skate meal. Bernie, Steve, Mark and I joined up there – the others called it a night. The weather conditions for the skate were perfect and food and conversation at Chipotle were excellent. Mark has been accepted for a doctorial graduate program at Merced (he took time away from his quantum computing algorithms and laser-based particle excitation equipment to throw on the inlines and tear up a little asphalt in Sactown.) Congratulations and good luck, Mark!

Until next week – Keep Skatin’

Brian

 

December 6, 2010

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Brian's Google Map of the November 29, 2010 Monday Night Skate route.Brian, Bernie pose on Dave's Bridge on the December 6, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

Dynamic Duo Dispatch Dandy December Delight

Bernie and I showed up to skate in the aftermath of the storms that drizzled through the valley the day before. The streets were a patchwork of wet and dry areas bordered with slippery carpets of leaves and twigs.

 

Bernie suggested taking Dave’s Bridge over the freeway to Front Street and continue south for a loop around William Land Park – we stopped prior to crossing the bridge for a photo op. Dave's Bridge photo is linked to above on the right. The surface of Dave’s Bridge is excellent for skating (or biking, walking or running) and recent renovation added lighting. As I have mentioned before this used to be a rock and broken glass strewn derelict. The bridge exits directly across from the rec trail access point.

graphic letter We continued southward on the rec trail to its terminus at Broadway; skated west on Marina View Dr. into the marina parking lot; pausing quickly at one of the wooden observation points; inventoried the boats and berths tucked into marina cove then continued our journey. Feral cats were the only observers of our passing; their iridescent eyes flaring in response to the light of our headlights. They scattered from their perches as we skated onto the marina perimeter sidewalk. We had some expectation of skunks in this area but none were seen; perhaps the cool, wet weather had them hunkered down in burrows.

The loop sidewalk brought us to the marina parking lot and we skated over to Miller Park Drive and continued south to reconnect with the rec trail on the levee just past the south parking lot. We skated up the slight rise up to the top of the levee and we were on the Black Ice Highway. Neither Bernie nor I felt like trying to set speed records – but this is the place to open it up - smooth asphalt with no cars, cross streets, leaves, sticks or stones.

At the Sutterville Road access point we left the recreation trail; skated east on Sutterville. As we coasted along the perimeter of the zoo the air hung heavy with an effusion of wet landscaping, animal feed and manure. There it is - the joy of skating! Where else can you get the visceral stimuli of foot-pounding speed-induced vibration while avoiding slick-as-mucous leaves, wheel-stopping stones, sticks and pavement imperfections, and absorbing an olfactory frontal assault. Not while in a car, not in a plane, train or bus – this is only available when you strap a pair of inlines on and take it to the streets.

At the intersection of Sutterville and Land Park we proceeded north to the ped crossing at the zoo entrance; crossed Land Park to 15th Ave. and meandered past the outdoor amphitheater and Fairytale Town.

We skated through William Land Park to 17th Ave. where we turned north to begin the return leg of our skate loop. A quick tour of the quad area of California Middle School was taken.

We meandered up Marty Way to Broadway. At the Tower Theater a quick perusal of the marquees was taken then we continued on Broadway to Riverside/17th St; eventually returning to the start point at 3rd and S.

We completed this great 7.5 mile loop at about 8:59 pm and figured Vallejo's was probably shutting down their kitchen. So we drove over to Chipotle at 19th and Capitol to grab a little grub.

Check out the map, Land Park via Sac River Rec Trail #1: Google Map of this skate. Google map of tonight's skate is also linked to above on the left.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

November 29, 2010

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Brian's Google Map of the November 29, 2010 Monday Night Skate route.November 29, 2010 Monday Night Skate: Brian, Steve, Bernie pose at 7th and K skating rink.  Then Brian, Steve, and Bernie pose at Chipotle after the skate.

Triumphant Trio Treks Tree-lined Track

Steve, Bernie and I skated a fun loop that crossed downtown with a quick stop at the ice rink at St. Rose of Lima Park continued northward to Richards Blvd; crossed the languid waters of the American River via the 12th St Bridge; connected with the recreation trail at Del Paso Blvd and looped back through Discovery Park; a quick crossing through Old Sac connected us to Front St where we crossed over the freeway via Dave’s Bridge to return back to the start point at 3rd and S St.

See map: North 7th to Richards #1. Map is linked to above on the left.

Visiting the St. Rose of Lima park ice skating rink is always fun – yet as Bernie mentioned in the Nov 15 MSN recap the rink limits where and how far you skate; http://sacramentoskating.com/graphics2/2010_1108_Gordon_Gus_Ice_Sk8_Rink.html whereas, skating on the street there are no limits.

The fun factor of the ice skating rink cannot be denied; bright lights, Christmas and “top pop” music playing over the PA system. I have tried to coerce my wife and teen-aged son to venture down to the rink with me for a little family fun but have only received ‘No thanks’, ‘Ummm, no’ for responses – check out this 11/9/06 Sacramento News and Review write-up by Becca Costello of her ice skating experience:
http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=236582

I checked out the rental skates and they look like they are in pretty good shape; good padding, decent laces & straps, etc. I will give the little oval of ice a solo skate before it closes its holiday run! It is open Nov. 5, 2010 thru Jan. 17, 2011. Here’s a link with info:
http://www.sacramento365.com/event/detail/440705619/Downtown_Holiday_Ice_Rink

We took the opportunity to grab a photo at the rink then continued northward – this was a pure ad-lib skate with a general agreement that by some path we would loop around on the recreation trail through Discovery Park. Ice-skating rink photo is linked to above on the right.

North 7th St is closed to motor vehicle traffic due to major construction along its length and at its intersection with North B St – from cursory observations, new light rail tracks appear to be staged for installation. We skated the sidewalk bordering the thoroughfare and were not impeded by the street closure.

At Richards we skated eastward to the 12th St Bridge where we crossed to the north side of the American River. We accessed the recreation trail at a maintenance road cut-thru. The difference between the air in the river bottom and downtown was very noticeable: higher humidity and cooler. Our breathing condensed witness clouds of steam. Invigorating!

We skated through the tranquil quiet of the recreation trail back through Discovery Park and Old Sac; crossed Dave’s Bridge and finished the skated at 3rd and S St. Vallejo’s was already closed – the time was around 9:05 pm. So we headed over to Chipotle at 19th and Capitol where we enjoyed great food and conversation. Chipotle after the skate photo is linked to above on the right.

Until next week - Keep Skatin’

Brian

November 22, 2010

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Self-Portrait of Brian on November 22, 2010 Monday Night Skate.Brian's Google Map of the November 22, 2010 Monday Night Skate route.

Solo Skater Circumnavigates Sloshy CSUS Circuit

Well, weather reports were predicting rain and the clouds over the region were confirming the prognostications of the weather service. As I arrived at the corner of 3rd and S at about 7 pm a sprinkling of cloud spit was falling and the conditions for a regular skate were deteriorating rapidly. The intensity of the rainfall continued to increase and I had to a decision to make: call it a rained out skate and slink home defeated and demoralized or throw on my wheels, accept what Mother Nature was dishing out and do what I came to do - skate. Actually, the decision was pretty simple, I don't mind skating in the rain (don't recommend it unless you are game for an added level of risk) - and as I took the I-5 downtown connection off I-80 I could see the soccer players on the fields at O'Neil Park at 8th and X. The rain wasn't stopping their plans - they came to play, I came to skate.

Along with my standard skate guards and helmet I had reasonable gear for cool weather and it would work fine when wet: Bike Nashbar Nylon wind shell over a wool sweater, that over a Nike Dri-fit training shirt. With a headband to cover my ears, my helmet light properly water-proofed, and a little attitude I was ready to roll. I came to skate.

I really didn't have a plan other than skate east on S St and take a chance that I would run into Bernie coming from the east - just ad-lib. The rain continued to come down harder and reached a crescendo around 7:15 pm. This maximum occurred as I skated from S St to T St on 32nd. As I crossed Stockton Blvd my nylon shell had reached its saturation point and it no longer was water-repellent - getting soaked to my inner layers but having a blast, baby!

Skating in rain will keep you on your toes - or on your behind depending on the situation! Key items to note: use half to three-quarters length pushes, keep your skates unpronated (you must edge on the outer surface of your wheels at all times), avoid black or green concrete (algae and mildew coatings are extremely slippery), avoid exposed aggregate concrete, avoid leaves, avoid edging your skates when crossing over the painted street markings, keep your knees bent - and stay relaxed. Oh, and watch for puddles that possibly are hiding potholes. Not much to remember - did I mention to have fun?

Once I crossed Stockton Blvd on T St the skate gods commanded I continue to CSUS. The rain was easing up and though my clothes were soaked I was comfortable from my body heat and the insulative properties of the various layers I had on.

I took a quick rest at the CSUS parking structure. Grabbed a photo of my steely visage - see photo link. See photo above on the left. I'm soaked - fortunately, I had placed my phone in a plastic bag and it was still in fine shape.

The return trip was per the typical Monday Night Skate path on J St to M St to Alhambra to Capitol Blvd and a meandering through the "numbers" to get back to 3rd and S.

Other than the rain the conditions were great for a skate and I'll put this in the category of 11.4 miles of pure fun.

I'm trying out the Google Maps function to create maps of the Monday Night Skates - check out the link http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101322397252433204480.000495a5dcbe5d4682503&z=13 Google map is also linked to above on the right.

Cory, who skated with group a few times this past summer, provided a similar feature via his GPS unit. So I'll just kind of Old/New School it with a manual implementation of the Google Maps tool. It gives a good mileage calculation and visual record of the skate. Anytime a standard route is taken it will just be referred to by name, e.g. CSUS Skate 1.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

November 22, 2010

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

Tonight I believe that we were rained out.

When I left my house at 6:30 pm, stating toward 3rd and S, it rained lightly off and on on me. I noticed that parts of the streets were wet with rain, and the sky was dark and cold. Also, the forecasts were for rain tonight.

I decided that this was not a good night to skate, and I returned home, without going to 3rd and S.

I did not show up, and I don't think anybody else did.

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

Bernie

November 15, 2010

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Gordon and Gus look at ice skaters at 5th and K  on the November 8, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

4 skate to ice skating rink and other Downtown locations.

Gus, Morgan, Steve, and I skated this Monday. Morgan suggested that we skate to the Downtown stating rink.

First we skated north to 5th and K, the ice-skating rink location. No new photos this week, but please see the photo from last week above on the left. It always puzzles me, why do people pay $10 dollars to skate on a small ice-skating rink, when if they had inline skates, they could skate anywhere with pavement for free.

Next we skated east on Capitol Mall to the State Capitol. We skated around the Capitol, then we got separated. Morgan and I could not find Gus and Steve, and Gus and Steve could not find us. Skating at different speeds can cause these separations.

Morgan and I skated out Capitol Avenue to Alhambra Boulevard and back to the Capitol on K Street, while Gus and Steve skated more laps around the Capitol looking for us, and then on to other locations. As Morgan and I skated south toward S Street, Gus and Steve passed us. We were all skating together again.

graphic letter We all enjoyed food drink and conversation at Vallejo's after our 6 to 8 miles skates. Morgan said that he would lead our December 13, Monday, 2010 Christmas light skate. Another night of great exercise, fun, and companionship!

Bernie

November 8, 2010

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Gordon and Gus look at ice skaters at 5th and K  on the November 8, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

3 skate to ice skating rink and other Downtown locations.

Gordon, Gus, and I showed up to skate this Monday. Gus suggested that we skate to the newly opened Downtown stating rink. Gordon agreed to help lead us, and we were off.

First we skated north to 5th and K, location of the downtown ice-skating irink. See photo above on the right.

Next we skated east on Capitol Mall to the State Capitol. We continued east to a parking lot, which Gus and I skated down - after going up in an elevator. WHEEEE!!!!!

All 3 of us skated further east and north to Alhambra and McKinley, where I skating slower, lost the group and returned to my home.

Gordon and Gus kindly dropped by to explain that they had skated further east on McKinley Boulevard to skate around the park. We agreed to skate again next Monday.

I guess I skated about 6 miles, and they skated 8 to 10. Good exercise for all of us. ANDFUNTOO!

Bernie

November 1, 2010

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Pumpkins at 2768 26th Street the night of the November 1, 2010 Monday Night Skate, and the morning after.

Lookin’ for The Great Pumpkin.... See great write up by Brian:

Bernie, Steve and I showed up to do the Monday Night Skate (MNS) and a loop to the “Pumpkin Patch” of Curtis Park was chosen. I was somewhat delayed in getting my gear on, not by design or plan – I forgot my knee stabilizer – and this allow us to catch the Giants radio broadcast up to the top of the ninth inning. The Giants were ahead, I’m sitting on the load deck of my RAV4 and a nice evening breeze is blowing... Why leave until the game is done? But with time wasting I got my wheels on and we got rolling around 7:20...

We started mid-block on S St. and skated west to 3rd St. turning south; glided past Team Super Training at 2010 3rd (definitely on old-school gym – just a lot of free weight iron and no treadmills in sight) – check out their website: http://www.supertraininggym.com/home.html.

At Broadway we turned east; skated the rough and tumble asphalt lining the perimeter of the old City Cemetary; glided under the yellow incandescence of the Target parking lot lights at Riverside (with Steve performing amazing backward curb jumps)and continued toward the Tower Theatre corner at Land Park Drive.

As we passed the 1700 block of Broadway, a cheer could be heard from the nearby Japanese restaurant. We took a peek inside and could see on the TV screens inside, the Giants had triumphed over the Texas Rangers. Cool for those who are SFG fans. We dwelled for a few minutes to check on-field celebration then continued east on Broadway to 26th St.

graphic letter We turned south on 26th; meandered past Sloat, Castro, 2nd and 3rd. Mid-block the orange glow of “The Patch” could be seen. Would we find the Great Pumpkin? No. But many wonderfully carved pumpkins were on display. The folks in this area have been staging this neat display for many years (20+?) – it is worth checking out. Generally, the pumpkins are lit on Halloween night and are on display the day after and if conditions are right the following day. Their brief moment of artistic glory culminates in a final trip to a compost pile. Bernie took the opportunity to snap some photos. You can click on the thumbnail above on the left to see photos of the hand-carved pumpkins at night and in the day.

After discussing the pumpkins and politics at the “Patch” we took a circuitous route back through North Curtis Park area, crossed the Land Park neighborhood to Riverside. We jogged west to 10th St and took it north to S St.

We returned to our start point around 8:30 pm. I estimate we covered about 8 miles in this serpentine loop. The conditions were perfect for skating. Bernie and I stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's (Steve called it a night).

Keep Skatin'

Brian

October 25, 2010

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Skating down a parking lot on the October 6, 2008 Monday Night Skate.Steve as a skater, Bernie as Captain Rollerblade, Brian with a splitting headache, and Gus as a highway worker pose at Sacramento City College on the October 25, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

Carefree Quadripartite Complete City College Circuit.... See great write up by Brian:

Skaters: Bernie, Steve, Gus and Brian.

Route: Sacramento City College by way of Curtis Park.

Weather: Clear skies, light breeze, temperature in the high 60’s.

We started the skate around 7:20 due to one skater (yours truly, Brian) messing around with adding a faux meat cleaver to his helmet. Hey! What can I say? It is almost Halloween, baby. We started east on T St., cruising past Southside Park; continued to 26th St where we turned south (dwelling slightly at Broadway while waiting for the cross traffic to clear) into the north edge of the Curtis Park neighborhood. At the intersection of 26 th and Marshall Way we turned; one block east we reconnected with the offset continuation of 26th St. this brought us into Curtis Park central.

Gus and Steve took a quick trip transiting the park area while Bernie and I skated at a slightly more leisurely pace. We regrouped at Sutterville Road; turned west and continued toward City College. The Sutterville railroad over crossing forms one of the “Hills of Sacramento”; Steve blasted up and over, Bernie and I skated at moderate pace; Gus took an alternate route by descending the stairs on the west side of the over crossing; he circled Hughes Stadium counter to the direction taken by Bernie, Steve and I.

graphic letter We regrouped near the parking structure - couple of the more intrepid skaters in the group decided to challenge one of the other “Hills of Sacto” and proceeded take a skate in the concrete bulk. You can click on the thumbnail above on the left for a 2008 YouTube video of skating down this parking lot. WHEEEE!!!!!

Our return loop started with a crossing through the campus to Freeport Blvd ( You can click on the thumbnail above on the right to see the photo a student took of us in the quad.). We crossed through William Land Park; connected to Land Park Drive; skated south to Broadway (with a quick stop at the Tower Theatre to check out the movie marquees); continued east on Broadway to Riverside/11th St; north on 11th to S St. and a final sprint on S St to the start point at 3rd St. Total distance covered: approx. 8 miles.

Bernie, Gus and Steve stayed for après-skate food and conversation at Vallejo’s. They most certainly attempted to solve all the world’s problems in 60 minutes or less – I had to call it an evening and missed out on the solutions.

Next week’s skate will be an adventure searching for the “Great Pumpkin of Sacramento”. If the pumpkin carvers in the north Curtis Park area still have their pumpkin carvings on display the Monday Night Skate crew will be on the look out for the best of the best. Remember – if you wear a costume for the skate, do not wear anything that will completely cover your face, restrict your motion or be loose enough to get caught in your skates or create a trip hazard!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

October 18, 2010

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Russell and Gus pose on F Street between 20th and 21st Streets on the October 18, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

3 skaters skate to Halloween decorated houses, then to Old Sacramento via the American River Parkway.

Gus, Russell and I skated north to Capitol Avenue. On Capitol Avenue we skated to the State Capitol. Rusty and Dave were there, skating around and around the Capitol. We skated by the Capitol on L Street.

Then we skated north on 20th Street onto the American River Parkway. After crossing the B Street Bridge north, we crossed the 12th Street Bridge south onto the southern side of the American River Parkway, which we skated into Discovery Park and then Old Sacramento.

From Old Sacramento we were soon back at 3rd and S and Vallejo's. I estimate that we skated 6 to 8 miles. Russell and I stayed for Mexican food at Vallejo's.

Coming up October 25 and November 1 (next two weeks) will be our Halloween skates (costumes optional). Keep in mind don’t wear a mask or anything that is long, loose and flowing. Masks obscure your vision and long, draping, dragging clothing can get jammed in your skate wheels.

Boooo!

Bernie

October 11, 2010

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Brian, Morgan, and Gus break at the T Street and Alhambra Starbucks on the October 11, 2010 Monday Night Skate.< Gus, Morgan, and Bernie pose on 62nd Street near Elvas on the October 11, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

4 skaters skate to and from Sacramento State College! Report by Brian:

Bernie, Gus, Morgan and I skated to the CSUS campus; we got started around 7:15. Morgan caught a quick video of us to send to some of his skater friends in France – impromptu international diplomacy via inline skating, pretty cool!

With the sewer trenching work occurring on S St. we took T St. to Stockton Blvd. A quick stop was made at the Starbucks at the corner of T and Stockton.

Our route took us east on T to 59th St. where we continued north on 59th St. to Folsom Blvd near the Corti Bros. Market, crossed over Folsom and then skated 58th St. to M St. Turning west on M we made our connection to 62nd St. at the corner of Elvas Blvd.; taking Elvas to the CSUS campus access arch and pathway.

We skated over to the parking garage and Bernie and Gus took a ride on the elevator to the top to catch a little downhill skating – the “hills” of Sacramento often are made of concrete.

Our return loop started with a trip crossing the campus to the J St. entrance and skated back toward mid-town. After passing under Elvas we turned back onto 58th St. and skated south to M St. We took M St. west to Alhambra and then connected with Capitol Blvd.

We skated Capitol Ave. to 15th St; taking the Capitol Park perimeter sidewalk to the corner of N St. and 10th St. Bernie, Gus and I cooled our wheels while parking our posteriors upon the Seals of the Senate that top the security bollards at this corner; Morgan took an extended skate north on 10th.

We rejoined Morgan on the west side of 10th and he suggested we skate over to the building complex at 8th and P St (his office location). The building renovations have been completed and his description of the plaza and buildings was very intriguing.

This should have been an uneventful traverse but somewhere around the corner of 9th and O St. Morgan caught both of his skates in a sidewalk joint upheaval; the speed at which he went down and the intensity of his impact left me expecting he would suffer multiple injuries but miraculously he jumped back up on his skates with only scraped knuckles - credit Morgan’s reflexes and his full set of pads and helmet for minimizing the damage.

We continued over the 8th and P and skated around to the west side of the block then continued south. The building center is impressive at night and the new consolidated power plant across the street is equally impressive (for those who appreciate a muted industrial bent to their architecture).

Eventually, we meandered back to the start point at 3rd and S St. The weather conditions were perfect for skating and this loop pegs out at 13 miles. Bernie, Gus and I decided to go over to Chipotle at 19th and Capitol; Morgan called it a night.

Coming up soon will be our Halloween skate (costume optional). Keep in mind don’t wear a mask or anything that is long, loose and flowing. Masks obscure your vision and long, draping, dragging clothing can get jammed in your skate wheels.

Keep skatin’

Brian

October 4, 2010

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4 skaters participate in 10 mile Natomas loop skate!

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

4 skaters - Dayle, Gus, Steve, and myself skated a skate tonight not skated since May 19, 2008, when we did a somewhat similar skate. No new movies or photos, but I have on the left a link to skaters skating into Discovery Park on May 19, 2008, which we did tonight in the dark.

We first skated west and north over Dave's Bridge onto the Sacramento Waterfront Promenade parallel to Front Street. Street.  Then, after regrouping, we skated north into Old Sacramento.

From Old Sacramento to we skated onto the American River Parkway.  On the Parkway we skated past the Sacramento water intake facility to the Discovery Park Bridge.  After regrouping, we skated down the Bridge into Discovery Park (in the dark).  See photo and link to a YouTube movie above on the left to see what this was like on May 19, 2008..  WHEEEE!!!!!

Once in Discovery Park, we skated east and north over Garden Highway onto Natomas Parkway.   We skated north on Natomas Parkway until we turned east onto a Natomas multi-use trail, which we skated to Pebblewood.   We then skated east on Pebblewood.

On Pebblewood we got lost, uncertain how best to return. Steve then led and saved us. Soon we were skating east on West El Camino, then we were skating south on Northgate, where we turned onto the American River Parkway, which we skated to Discovery Park.

From Discovery Park we skated east and up the Discovery Park Bridge to the American River Parkway, which we skated into Old Sacramento. As we got near to Old Sacramento, Gus got sprayed by a skunk, who was cornered by some bike riders and a fence.

graphic letter We skated south from Old Sacramento on the Promenade onto Dave's Bridge.  Very soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

I had difficulty with my left skate all night. It would not close properly, and the longer I skated, the more it leaned, so I had to skate on my left inside edges (pronation). I want to thank my fellow skaters for often waiting for me.

We arrived at 3rd and S at about 9:35, so everybody went straight home. I estimate that tonight we had a skate of about 10 miles.

Bernie

September 27, 2010

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7 skate Sacramento River Levee south, Land Park loop!

Link to YouTube video with some highlights of the August 30, 2010 Monday Night Skate Cynthia skates south on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon. Gus, Cynthia, and Bernie skate south on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon. Russell, Barb, Steve, Gus, and Morgan pose at the Tower Theater on the September 27, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

We had seven skaters tonight - Barb, Gordon, Gus, Morgan, Russell, Steve, and myself. Barb is a brand new skater from Roseville. She saw us in the article by Elaine Gale in the Bee. On the right above is a photo of 5 of tonight's skaters. On the left above is a link to a YouTube video with highlights of a skate similar to tonight's. The 2 photos above in the center are from previous skates similar to tonight's. After some discussion, we decided to skate south. I have showed pictures above from previous similar skates, but tonight's skate was in the dark after 7:30, not so much light.

We skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated south on the promenade to Broadway, where we skated into Miller Park by the Sacramento Marina.

graphic letter We skated south from the Marina on Ramp Road (very rough pavement) to the boat launch area and onto the Sacramento River Levee. Next we skated south on the Levee to Sutterville Road.

On Sutterville Road we skated east to the Sacramento Zoo and Land Park. After a brief break, we skated a loop through Land Park. Next we skated north on 17th Street to Crocker Middle School.

After skating around on the smooth pavement of Crocker Middle School, we skated north on Marty to the Tower Theater and it marquee.

Next we were homeward bound - west on Broadway, north on 11th Street, and west on S Street. 3rd and S! I estimate that we skated about 8 miles.

Five of us enjoyed food, drink, and conversation after the skate. FORMEITWASAGREATNIGHT!

Bernie

September 20, 2010

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Greg, Gus, Steve, Russell, Dayle, and Tony pose near Old Sacramento on the American River Parkway on the September 20, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

We had 7 skaters tonight, and we did an American River Parkway loop!

We had 7 skaters tonight - Dayle, Greg, Gus, Steve, Tony, and myself. After some discussion, we left at 10 after 7 on an American River Parkway skate.

We started by skating over Dave's Bridge to the Sacramento River Waterfront Promenade. We skated north on the Promenade to Capitol Mall, which we crossed into Old Sacramento.

In Old Sacramento, we skated north and west onto the American River Parkway. See photo above on the right to see tonight's skaters on the American River Parkway. We then skated the American River Parkway north of the River to leave Sacramento, and the American River Parkway south of the to return.

I estimate that we skated 6 to 8 miles. After the skates, 5 of us skaters enjoyed food drink and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep rolling all you can!

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September 13, 2010

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12 skate in 2 groups: Group 1: Sacramento streets, the American River Parkway, a Natomas skate park and back! Group 2: Most of the above. Pictures, video, and story below:

Videos and photos below are from previous similar skates.

Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Dave and Tina skate at a skate park on the May 18, 2009 Monday Night Skate.

Steve, Gus, Cynthia, and Morgan pose near the Bridge into Discovery Park on the April 19, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

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

Dave and Tina skate at a skate park on the May 18, 2009 Monday Night Skate.

We had 12 skaters tonight - Anne, Cory, Cynthia, Dayle, Gordon, Greg, Gus, Guy, Jacob, Jenny, Morgan, and myself. We decided to skate to Natomas Industrial Park. Since Morgan, his wife, Anne, his son, Jacob, and Jacob's girlfriend, Jenny, arrived late, we skated in two groups. The fast and early skaters, then the Morgan family and me.

First we skated north on 3rd Street, then we skated west on Dave's Bridge to Front Street, where we skated the Promenade into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated north on 2nd Street and and west onto the American River Parkway.

On the American River Parkway, we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge. See near Discovery Park Bridge photo above on the left. Then we skated into Discovery Park. See skating into Discovery Park Bridge photo that links to a YouTube video above in the center. Skating down the bridge into Discovery Park is always fun. WHEEEE!!!!!

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

On the Natomas Trail previous skaters skated west over a bridge to a skate park, where all of the skaters on a previous skate did tricks. See the Skate Park photo linked to a YouTube video above on the right.

Returning the way we came, we arrived at Vallejo's after 9:00 pm (They were closed.). Most of the skaters went home directly, but Cory and I had some food and conversation at Ernesto's. I estimate that Group 1 skated 8 to 10 miles, Group 2 6 to 8 miles.

Great exercise and fun night!

Bernie

September 6, 2010

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8 Labor Day chalk art; skaters: Steve, Gus, Russell, Gordon, in 9 photos from the September 6, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

5 skate to enjoy Labor Day chalk art, trip thru Sacramento City streets, and the American River Parkway!

We had 5 skaters tonight - Gordon, Gus, Russell, Steve, and myself. As suggested by Gus, we decided to skate downtown Sacramento to see the Labor Day chalk art at 15th and Q. We had Manuel, "Manny", a photographer with the Sacramento Bee, come to take some photos of us. Trying to be helpful, first we skated around the parking lot, and then we skated east on S Street, so Manny could hopefully get a group shot.

Led by Gordon, first we skated west on S Street to15th and Q to start looking at the chalk art. See the chalk art photo show linked to above on the left.

After enjoying the plentiful chalk art, as suggested by Gordon, we next skated north on 20th Street to the American River Parkway. Great!!!

Near 20th and C we entered the American River parkway. We were now homeward bound! We skated the old parkway (north side of the river) back to Old Sacramento. Then we skated back to our 3rd and S starting point. This was an 8 to 10 mile skate.

After the skate it was 10 after 9, and everybody went home. What a wonderful night of art and exercise!

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise and social fun!  

Bernie

August 30, 2010

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6 skate Sacramento River Levee south, Land Park loop!

Link to YouTube video with some highlights of the August 30, 2010 Monday Night Skate Cynthia skates south on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon. Gus, Cynthia, and Bernie skate north on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon.

We had six skaters tonight - Corey, Dayle, Elaine, Gus, Steve, and myself. After some discussion, we decided to skate south as Steve suggested.

We skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated south on the promenade to Broadway, where we skated into Miller Park by the Sacramento Marina. On the left above is a link to a YouTube video with highlights of tonight's skate. From previous Sacramento River Levee skates, see Cynthia above center, and Gus, and myself above on the right.

graphic letter We skated south from the Marina on Ramp Road (very rough pavement) to the boat launch area and onto the Sacramento River Levee. Next we skated south on the Levee to Sutterville Road.

On Sutterville Road we skated east to the Sacramento Zoo and Land Park. After a brief break, we skated a loop through Land Park. Next e skated north on 17th Street to Crocker Middle School.

After skating around on the smooth pavement of Crocker Middle School, we skated north on Marty to the Tower Theater and it marquee.

Next we were homeward bound - west on Broadway, north on 11th Street, and west on S Street. 3rd and S! I estimate that we skated about 8 miles.

Five of us enjoyed food, drink, and conversation after the skate. FORMEITWASAGREATNIGHT!

Bernie

August 23, 2010

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YouTube video that shows some of the hightlights of the August 23, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Link to Google Maps and GPS report by Cory on the August 23, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

Gordon leads 8 skaters on 2 American River Parkway skates - 7 skating all the way with him, 1 settling on a shorter route. All satisfied!

We had 8 skaters tonight - Alice, Cory, Gordon, Greg, Gus, Michelle, Tony, and myself. Four of these skaters - Cory, Greg, Michelle, and Tony have come to us from MeetUp. (See YouTube video linked to above on the left for some highlights of tonight's skate. See the Goggle Map linked to above on the right for Cory's GPS report on tonight's skate.) We left at 10 after 7 on an American River Parkway skate, as requested by Alice, and led by by Gordon, assisted by others.

We skated north to Old Sacramento. Then we took the American River Parkway on the newer southside trail to the 12th Street Bridge. Crossing north over the bridge, we regrouped where the American River Parkway crosses Del Paso Boulevard. At that point, I skated back to 3rd and S, while the other skaters continued on the parkway to about the 4 mile marker - 2 or 3 more miles, before they too headed home to 3rd and S.

I estimate that I, a short distance skaters skated 6 to 8 miles. The longer distance skaters 12 to 14 miles. After the skates, Gordon and I enjoyed food drink and conversation at Vallejo's.

Cory, thanks for the GPS reports!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

August 16, 2010

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9 skate Sacramento River Levee south!

Cynthia skates south on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon. Gus, Cynthia, and Bernie skate north on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon. Link to Google Maps and GPS report by Cory on the August 16, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

I was not here (visiting my 98 year old mother), but I understand from Gus and others that we had 9 skaters, including: Cory, Gordon, Gus, Jacob, and Morgan. The skaters decided to skate south. From previous Sacramento River Levee skates, see Cynthia above on the left, and Gus, and myself above in the center. From tonight's skate see Cory's GPS report on the second half of this skate above on the right.

On our May 17, 2010 skate Amon provided great photos that show how great it is to skate on the Sacramento River Levee. See photos above left and center to see how great it is to skate the Sacramento River Levee.

Bernie

August 9, 2010

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10 skate to Sacramento State College and back!

Highlights of the August 17, 2009 Monday Night Skate in Sacramento. Includes a skating down a parking lot video.

Morgan, Gus, Gordon, Alice, Wendy, Cory, Russell, Steve (behind Russell) and Bernie pose at Starbucks at Stockton and T on the August 9, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Dayle.Ten skaters - Alice, Dayle, Cory, Gordon, Gus, Morgan, Russell, Steve, Wendy, and myself skated tonight.  We were fortunate to have a new skater from the TrailMix MeetUp - Cory. As suggested, by several skaters, we skated to Sac State via S and T Streets (For almost complete highlights of a skate like this, see the YouTube movie of our similar August 17, 2009 above on the left. For a picture of tonight's skaters, see the photo linked to on the right.).

We skated S St.past Alhambra and then jogged south to T St. T St. is very smooth on the east side of Stockton and we skated quite quickly to 59th St, where we turned north and crossed over Hwy 50.

Continuing on 59th St. we skated to Folsom Blvd near the Corti Bros. market and then skated 58th St. to M St. Turning east on M we made our connection to 62nd St., Next we skated on 62nd Street to its corner with Elvas Blvd.  We next skated Elvas to the CSUS campus access arch and pathway.

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

graphic letter We were ready to leave after we all earned PhD's. ; < )  We then cut through the campus to the J St. entrance and skated back toward mid-town. After passing under Elvas we turned back onto 58th St. and skated south to M St.

We took M Street. west to Alhambra and then skated west on L Street.

Soon we were back at 3rd and S. I estimate that we skated 12 to 14 miles.

After the skate, five of us met at Willie's (Vallejo's was closed.) to enjoy food, beverage, and conversation.

Here is Cory's review of this skate.

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise and social fun!  

Bernie

August 2, 2010

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On August 2, 2010, Gordon and others led 10 skaters on a great 8 mile West Sacramento skate!

Skating across Capitol Mall and around in West Sacramento on the June 15, 2009 Monday Night Skate. Alice, Amon, Cynthia, Gordon, Gus, Morgan, Steve, Wendy, 2 turtles, and a River Walk near Broderick Boat Ramp in 4 photos from the August 2, 2010 Monday Night Skate to and from West Sacramento.

graphic letter We had with 10 skaters tonight - Alice, Amon, Cynthia, Gordon, Gus, Morgan, Russell, Steve, Wendy, and myself. As suggested by several skaters including Gus, who wanted to see the Broderick Marina, we skated to West Sacramento, which we have not done for a long time.

We first skated north on 3rd Street and east across Dave's Bridge to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. On the Promenade we skated north to Capitol Mall and west across the Tower Bridge into West Sacramento. to O Street, then west to Front Street. On the Front Street Promenade we skated to the Tower Bridge, where we skated across Capitol Mall and then across the Tower Bridge into West Sacramento. See link to a YouTube movie above on the left to see us skating across Capitol Mall and around in West Sacramento on June 15, 2009. Photo above on the right links to a picture show of tonight's skate.

Soon after we were in West Sacramento, Amon had trouble with the bearings in his skates, so he and I returned early to 3rd and S.

After the skate, Gordon told me the group skated 7 or 8 miles.

After the skate 6 of us enjoyed food, beverages, and conversation in Vallejo's.

We hope that next week we will have several new skaters from the TrailMix ( http://www.TrailMix.com ) MeetUp Group.

Bernie

July 26, 2010

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Some highlights from the July 26, 2010 Monday Night Skate, with Ike and Tina's 'Too Hot To Hold' as the background music.Photo of skaters that links to a YouTube video of skating into Discovery Park.

On July 26, 11 skate American River Parkway toward Rio Linda!

Eleven skaters showed up for the Monday Night Skate on July 26: Alice, Amon, Cynthia, Dayle, Gordon, Gus, Morgan, Robin, Russell, Wendy, and myself. Because of his blisters, Amon was on a bicycle. Thanks to the Internet, Robin, a new skater joined us and did quite well. We had quite a discussion before we started skating. We fina.ly reached a consensus to skate toward Rio Linda, which we have not done for some time. Gordon did a great job in leading and coordinating us. We skated north through Old Sacramento onto the American River Parkway via Dave's Bridge. For an overview of this skate, see the YouTube video video linked to on the left.

On the American River Parkway we skated north toward the Discovery Park Bridge. When we got to the Discovery Park Bridge, we skated into Discovery Park. To see how much fun this can be, see the YouTube video linked to above on the right.

graphic letter We skated the American River Parkway from Discovery Park till we reached the trail north to Rio Linda (near Del Paso Boulevard). We then started to skate toward Rio Linda. Some skated several miles north, some skated much less. As coordinated by Gordon, Alice and others, when we again got back together at the beginning of the Rio Linda Trail, we returned to 3rd and S via the C Street near 20th Street exit from the American River Parkway.

A lot of our return was by skating south on 19th Street.

I estimate that we skated 8 to 14 miles. After the skate, 5 of us enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Ernesto's, since Vallejos's closed at 9:00. What great exercise, and conversation too!

Bernie

July 19, 2010

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On July 19, 5 skate to and from the California State Fair!

5 skaters showed up for the Monday Night Skate on July 19: Alice, Dayle, Gus, Steve, and myself. As suggested by Gus, we decided to skate to the State Fair. Alice recommend that we skate through town to reduce the distance. Steve looked the route up on a map. Then, after a little more discussion, he and Alice led us to the State Fair. For an overview of the July 19 skate, see the photo show linked to on the right.

First we skated east on S Street. At 20th Street we turned north to skate onto the American River Parkway at the entrance near 20th and C Streets.

graphic letter We skated east on the American River Parkway. Shortly after the 4 mile marker, we decided to continue on the Parkway to the 6 mile marker, to get a better view of the fair from the east.

At the 6 mile marker, we could not see the fair as well as we expected, so we skated around the east of fair to its front. Then, told by a police officer to leave the grounds because we were on skates, we skated home from the west end of the fair on the American River Parkway, exiting the Parkway near 20th and C.

We skated south through Downtown on 19th Street. Soon we were back at 3rd and S. It was late, almost 9:30. We all went home without our usual food, drink, and conversation. I estimate we skated 14 to 16 miles.

Fun exercise!

Bernie

July 12, 2010

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The Illusions sing 'God Bless America'Some highlights of the July 5, 2010 Monday Night Skate, with Ray Charles' What'd I Say as the background music.

On July 12, 9 skate American River Parkway!

9 skaters showed up for the Monday Night Skate on July 12, including: Alice, Amon, Dayle, Gus, Morgan, Russell, and Wendy. I arrived too late - at 7:17 (At the same time I was supposed to leave for the skate, I had to poop.); the group left at 7:10. I did my own skate to Gateway Oaks, barely missing the group on the American River Parkway. No new photos or movies. For patriotic music, listen to the Illusions on the left. For an overview of the July 5 skate, see the video on the right.

After skating to and from Gateway Oaks, I returned to 3rd and S at about 5 after 9. Amon and Gus were there. We enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Wendy's.

graphic letter We agreed with Gus's suggestion that next week would be a good week to skate to the State Fair.

Bernie

July 5, 2010

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The Illusions sing 'God Bless America'Some highlights of the July 5, 2010 Monday Night Skate, with Ray Charles' What'd I Say as the background music.

On July 5, 5 skate American River Parkway!

5 skaters showed up for the Monday Night Skate on July 5: Amon, Gus, Russell, Steve, and myself. As suggested and led by Steve, we skated north through Old Sacramento onto the American River Parkway via Dave's Bridge. For patriotic music, listen to the Illusions on the left. For an overview of this skate, see the video on the right.

On the American River Parkway we skated north toward the Discovery Park Bridge. When we got to the Discovery Park Bridge, by agreement, I (a slow skater) skated the newer southern side of the river multi-use trail to the 12th Street Bridge, while the rest of the skaters skated into Discovery Park and skated the older and longer north side of the river trail to meet me at the 12th Street Bridge.

graphic letter When we met at the 12th Street Bridge, we skated the newer trail back to Old Sacramento, as we returned to our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that I skated 6 miles, while the other skaters skated 6 to 8 miles. After the skate, 3 of us enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's.

Bernie

June 28, 2010

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Gus, Julie, Gerald, Rusty, and Mark  skate north parallel to Front Street on the July 23, 2007 Monday Night Skate.Skating north parallel to Front Street on the July 23, 2007 Monday Night Skate.

Nine Inline Skate the South Line

Nine skaters showed up for the 6/28 MNS: Cynthia, Bernie, Gordon, Steve, Wendy, Alice, Amon, Gus and Brian. A southerly route was chosen taking 3rd St to Broadway to 5th St; meandered on 4th Ave to Muir Way to Robertson to connect to Santa Buena Way to 10th Ave and eventually reaching Riverside Blvd.

Since the photos and movies did not come out, Bernie used a photo(left) and a movie(right) from the July 23, 2007 Monday Night Skate, which was simialr to this skate. Note the pretty view of the Sacramento skyline by the Sacramento River, as skaters approach Sacramento from the south!

We skated into the west side entrance of William Land Park with some expectation to grab a drink at one of the water fountains along the way. But we struck out with the first two fountains we stopped at. Man, the heat seemed to increase with each dry well. The third fountain came through for us and after a quick drink and regrouping we continued through the park to the entrance to the Sacramento Zoo on Land Park Dr.

Amon had a wheel come loose so we took a breather at the zoo while he did a quick repair. After the pit stop, we skated to Sutterville Rd, continuing west to the access point to the recreation trail on the Sacramento River levee. We all made it through the treacherous gravel entrance and continued the skate northward. The asphalt on the levee top is in excellent condition and with some shade provided by the tree cover on the river side of the levee; the slight breeze blowing off the water helped make this section of the skate a real pleasure.

All good things must end and coming down off the levee trail at the Miller Park boat ramp we continued on the abysmal cratered, checkered asphalt on Ramp Way to the intersection of Miller Park Dr. and Front St; skating through to the north side of the park. The recreation trail continues at the rise of the levee; we took the trail north to the newly opened promenade extension. This is a wonderful addition to the recreation trail system. To add sugar to the syrup – the city has added very nice concrete textural elements to the sidewalk; a water misting public art feature and multiple water fountains (that work!). The fountains have faucets at standard height, half height for accommodating children and people in wheelchairs, and dog height. Pretty cool! And the misting art provides a nice cooling treat – just push the actuation button on the south support column.

We finished up the skate by taking “Dave’s Bridge” to cross over the freeway and skate back to the start point at 3 rd and S. Six skaters stayed for après-skate food and conversation at Vallejo’s. Estimated distance six miles; temperature: high 90’s; breeze: slight from the north; fun factor: six flags – more fun.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

June 21, 2010

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7 skate to Sacramento State College and back!

Highlights of the August 17, 2009 Monday Night Skate in Sacramento. Includes a skating down a parking lot video.

Seven skaters - Cynthia, Dayle, Gus, Guy, Russell, Wendy, and myself skated tonight.  As suggested, by Guy, we skated to Sac State via S and T Streets. (For highlights of a skate like this, see the YouTube movie of our similar August 17, 2009 above on the left.)

We skated S St.past Alhambra and then jogged south to T St. T St. is very smooth on the east side of Stockton and we skated quite quickly to 59th St, where we turned north and crossed over Hwy 50.

Continuing on 59th St. we skated to Folsom Blvd near the Corti Bros. market and then skated 58th St. to M St. Turning east on M we made our connection to 62nd St., Next we skated on 62nd Street to its corner with Elvas Blvd.  We next skated Elvas to the CSUS campus access arch and pathway.

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

graphic letter We were ready to leave after we all earned PhDs. ; < )  We then cut through the campus to the J St. entrance and skated back toward mid-town. After passing under Elvas we turned back onto 58th St. and skated south to M St.

We took M Street. west to Alhambra and then skated west on L Street.

Soon we were back at 3rd and S. I estimate that we skated 12 to 14 miles.

After the skate, four of us met at Willie's (Vallejo's was closed.) to enjoy food, beverage, and conversation.

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise and social fun!  

Bernie

June 14, 2010

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Highlights of the June 14, 2010 Monday Night Skate in Sacramento, California. Peter Tosh's 'Legalize It' is the background music. Music representative of my own personal view.

Gordon leads 8 skaters on 2 American River Parkway skates - 5 skating all the way with him, 3 settling on a shorter route. All satisfied!

We had 8 skaters tonight - Alice, Amon, Gordon, Gus, Morgan, Steve, Wendy, and myself. (See YouTube video linked to above on the right for some highlights.) We left at 10 after 7 on an American River Parkway skate, as suggested and led by by Gordon, assisted by Skate Patrol members, especially Steve Lee.

We skated north to Old Sacramento. Then we took the American River Parkway, taking more or less the route of our May 31, 2010 and our April 5, 2010 skate. See the April 5, 2010 write up by Brian.

Briefly, we skaters wanting a shorter skate (Morgan, Wendy, and and myself) skated the old American River Parkway (north of the river) and the newer trail (south of the river) back. Some advanced skaters (Alice, Amon, Gordon, and Gus) did additional skating. Going north with Gordon at Northgate, they skated north to El Camino, and east to the Levee where they skated north for about 3 miles - to San Juan. They returned the way they went.

I estimate that we short distance skaters skated 6 to 8 miles. The longer distance skaters 12 to 14 miles. After the skates, six of us skaters enjoyed food drink and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

June 7, 2010

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9 skate easy 8 mile skate (3 skaters) or extended 12 mile skate (6 skaters) based on the Sacramento River Levee, and Land Park loops!

Anon, Russell, Gordon, Gus, Morgan, Mark, Cynthia, and Steve pose in the 3rd and S Parking Lot before the June 7, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Cynthia skates south on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon. Gus, Cynthia, and Bernie skate north on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon.

We had 9 skaters tonight - Amon, Cynthia, Gordon, Gus, Mark, Morgan, Russell, Steve, and myself. See skaters posing above on the left. We decided to skate south since we have skated north several times recently, and we wanted to see the opening of a southern extension of the Downtown River Promenade.

On our May 17, 2010 skate Amon provided great photos that show how great it is to skate on the Sacramento River Levee. See photos above center and right to see how great it is to skate the Sacramento River Levee.

After skating north to Dave's Bridge (bridge over I-5 to Front Street) and skating over Dave's Bridge to Front Street, we were pleased to see the southern extension of the Riverfront Promenade. We skated this promenade and bike trail south to Broadway. Then we skated to Miller's Park and the Sacramento Marina.

graphic letter We enjoyed looking at the boats in the Marina. Then we skated around the Marina onto Ramp Street. On Ramp Street's ROUGH pavement, we skated south onto the Sacramento River Levee, where we continued south.

At Sutterville Road we stopped, then decided that some would skate further south (6 skaters), and some would skate east on Sutterville Road (3 skaters).

As we were skating north on 17th Street, all 9 skaters got together again. After stopping at California Middle School, we skated north on Marty to the Tower Theater Marquee.

After enjoying the Tower Theater Marquee, we skated west on Broadway, north on Riverside Boulevard and 11th Street to S Street. Skating west on S we were soon back at our 3rd and S starting point.

After the skate, 8 of use ENJOYED FOOD, DRINK, and CONVERSATION at Vallejo's. Wonderful night!

Bernie

May 31, 2010

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Gus, Russell, Taynya, and Tina pose in the 3rd and S Parking Lot before the May 31, 2010 Monday Night Skate.Graphic that links to a YouTube video of the April 5, 2010 Monday Night Skate

Gordon leads 6 skaters on 2 American River Parkway skates - 3 skating all the way with him, 3 settling on a shorter route. All satisfied!

We had 6 skaters tonight - Gordon, Gus, Russell, Tanya, Tina, and myself. (See photo above on the left.) We left at 10 after 7 on an American River Parkway skate, as suggested and led by by Gordon.

We skated north to Old Sacramento. Then we took the American River Parkway, taking more or less the route of our April 5, 2010 skate. See the YouTube video linked to above on the right. And see the April 5, 2010 write up by Brian.

Briefly, we slower skaters (Gus, Russell, and myself)skated the old American River Parkway (north of the river) and the newer trail (south of the river) back. Some advanced skaters (Gordon, Tanya, and Tina) did additional skating. Going north with Gordon at Northgate, they skated north to El Camino, and east to the Levee where they skated north for about 3 miles. They returned the way they went.

I estimate that we slow skaters skated 8 miles. The fast skaters 12 to 14 miles. After the skates, Gordon, Gus, and I enjoyed food drink and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

May 24, 2010

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9 skaters enjoy some of the wonders of the American River Parkway!

     Graphic that links to a YouTube video of the April 5, 2010 Monday Night Skate     Morgan, Molly, Amon, Gus, Steve, Russell, Cynthia, and Brian pose on the American River Parkway on the May 24, 2010 Monday Night Skate.     Photo of skaters that links to a YouTube video of skating into Discovery Park.

We had 9 skaters tonight - Amon, Brian, Cynthia, Gus, Molly, Morgan, Russell, Steve, and myself. I expected a write-up from Brian, but I never received it, so here is my report. Tonight's skate was somewhat like our April 10, 2010 Monday Night Skate (See above left linked to YouTube video.), and our May 19, 2008 Monday Night skate (See above right linked to YouTube video). But our skate was original too (See the photograph above in the middle).

Here is a link to the detailed write-up by Brian of a similar skate: April 5, 2010 write up by Brian.

We skated the old American River Parkway (north of the river) and the newer trail (south of the river) back. Some advanced skaters did additional skating. I estimate we skated about 8 miles.

We had good participation in Vallejo's after the skate. FOODDRINKCONVERSTION!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

May 17, 2010

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5 skate Sacramento River Levee, Seamas Avenue, Sutterville Road, Land Park, Sacramento City College loop!

Cynthia skates south on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon. Gus, Cynthia, and Bernie skate north on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon. Amon, Cynthia, Russell, and Gus pose on Riverside Boulevard on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Skating down a parking lot on the October 6, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

We had 5 skaters tonight - Amon, Cynthia, Gus, Russell, and myself. Amon and Russell have skated with us before a long time ago. Russell sometimes skates with the seniors at Sunrise Rollerland. As I suggested, we decided to do a southern route - south on the Sacramento River Levee.

After I first wrote about this skate, I received some great photos of it from Amon. Now I am able to post them. If yo8u look above, you can see 1. Cynthia skate north on the Sacramento River Levee, 2. Gus, Cynthia, and Bernie skating north on the Sacramento River Levee. Both of these photos were by Amon. From his camera, we also have 3. Amon, Cynthia, Russell, and Gus posing as we skated north on Riverside Boulevard.

This skate ended up being like our October 5, 2009 skate, which was sort of like our October 6, 2008 skate, so, lacking new photos and movies, I have used the October 6, 2008 You Tube film clip to illustrate this skate. Here is a link to our October 5, 2009 skate . Here is a link to our October 6, 2008 skate. And, you can click above on the right on the photo that links to a YouTube video of us skating a parking lot on the October 6, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

After skating south on 3rd Street to Broadway, we skated west to Miller Park, where we enjoyed looking at the boats in the Marina. Then we skated around the Marina onto Ramp Street. On Ramp Street's ROUGH pavement, we skated south onto the Sacramento River Levee, where we continued south.

At Sutterville Road we stopped, then decided to skate even further south - as suggested by Cynthia. We skated south past Captain's Table onto Riverside Boulevard, where we continued south to Seamas Avenue, where we skated east to Karmet Way. On Karmet Way we skated north. Eventually it becomes Riverside Boulevard. At Sutterville Road we skated east to the Sacramento Zoo and Land Park.

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From the Sacramento Zoo we looped through Land Park to Sacramento City College. At Sacramento City College we skated around a little as we headed to the parking lot. All of us enjoyed skating down this wonderful parking lot. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We skated home on 21st Street, turning west on S Street. We were soon back at 3rd and S, our starting point. I estimate that this was an 10 to 12 mile skate.

After the skate, since Vallejo's closed at 9:00 pm, all 5 of us enjoyed FOOD, DRINK, and CONVERSATION at Ernesto's. Wonderful night!

Bernie

May 10, 2010

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I was the only skater tonight. I skated the American River Parkway home, having a great time and a good work out!

I arrived at 7:01 and left at 7:17, after telling Lena in Vallejo's that there were no skaters tonight. No other skaters showed. I guess many thought it was going to rain.

I took the American River Parkway home, taking more or less the route of our April 5, 2010 skate. See the YouTube videos linked to above on the left and the right. And see the April 5, 2010 write up by Brian.

Along the way I found a section of the trail that was covered by a flock of ducks. Beautiful!

I exited the Parkway at 20th and C, feeling good. I had skated about 6 miles, having a great aerobic workout. I could feel some beta endorphins, and I knew a great dinner, TV watching session, and night of sleep awaited me.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

May 3, 2010

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Gus, Guy, Steve, and Morgan pose on the American River Parkway on the May 3, 2010 Monday Night Skate.Brian, Steve, Morgan, Dayle, Cynthia, and Gordon (not quite visible) enjoy food, drink, and conversation at Valejo's after the April 26, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

5 skate American River Parkway!

5 skaters showed up for the Monday Night Skate on May 3: Gus, Guy, Morgan, Steve, and myself. As suggested by Steve, we skated north through Old Sacramento onto the American River Parkway. See the American River Photo above on the left.

On the American River Parkway we skated north toward the Discovery Park Bridge.

At that point I left the group to skate home and complete an online Accounting test.

 

Bernie

April 26, 2010

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Gordon, Morgan, Cynthia, Dayle, Bernie, and Gus pose at 3rd and S before the April 26, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.Brian, Steve, Morgan, Dayle, Cynthia, and Gordon (not quite visible) enjoy food, drink, and conversation at Valejo's after the April 26, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

Eight Congregate For A Great Skate - with before and after photos

Eight skaters showed up for the Monday Night Skate on 4/26: Cynthia, Dayle, Steve, Gordon, Morgan, Bernie, Gus and Brian – pretty good turnout. A skate to and through Curtis Park with a loop around to the “Dragon House” on 22 d St. between 4th Ave and 3rd was chosen with a open-ended option to ad-lib as we skated.

We took a standard route to Curtis Park – east on S St. with a turn southward on 26th St. After crossing Broadway we regrouped and continued on 26th. At teeing with Marshall Way we turned east, skated a couple blocks to the continuation of 26th St. and skated into Curtis Park. We skated the length of the park on West Curtis Park Dr. to the Sutterville Road connection. A quick regrouping and we skated the opposite side of Curtis Park on East Curtis Park Dr. back to 26th.

North on 26th to Portola Way and we skated west toward the 22nd St. and 4th Ave. to rendezvous at the “Dragon House”. Cruising through Curtis Park and the north Curtis Park area is a visual treat. The architecture styles are so eclectic and amazing. Every house has some detail or nuance that speaks of the fun, whimsy and pride of the designers, builders and owners of the houses in this area. What are you looking for? Front porches? Columns and stoops? Fish scale tile siding? Fences that are landscaping statements and not just barriers? You'll find it in this area and continuing northward through the “Sierra 2” area.

At 22nd St. we turned north to the “Dragon House” that sits mid-block. This is a labor of love, an architectural statement and neighborhood icon and well worth a visit to enjoy the fine detail work, water minimizing landscaping (with garden fairy friendly details) and beautiful etched glasswork. I don't know if the project will ever be completed as new details are continually added . A scaffold could be seen on the back corner of the house so presumably construction is in progress. Good luck to the owners on their endeavor(s).

We continued west on 3rd Ave to 21st; turned northward; crossed Broadway continued under the cross-city freeway and made a decision at the corner of T St. to turn west there. The house at the corner of 21 st and T is one of the premier Victorians in Sacramento – definitely worth taking a peek at next time you drive (or skate) by. T St. was skated to 3rd St. and we turned north to finish back at S St.

This was a shorter skate and I estimate the distance at about six miles. Six of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. As always the subjects of conversation were varied and often off-beat. The food was good and the conversation engaging. A perfect ending for a great skate.

Until next week – keep skatin'

Brian

April 19, 2010

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5 skate Sacramento streets, the American River Parkway, a Natomas skate park and back! Pictures, video, and story below:

Videos and photos below (except the first photo) are from previous similar skates.

Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Dave and Tina skate at a skate park on the May 18, 2009 Monday Night Skate.

Steve, Gus, Cynthia, and Morgan pose near the Bridge into Discovery Park on the April 19, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

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

Dave and Tina skate at a skate park on the May 18, 2009 Monday Night Skate.

We had 5 skaters tonight - Cynthia, Gus, Morgan, Steve, and myself. We decided to skate to Natomas Industrial Park.

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

On the American River Parkway, we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge. See near Discovery Park Bridge photo above on the left. Then we skated into Discovery Park. See skating into Discovery Park Bridge photo that links to a YouTube video above in the center. Skating down the bridge into Discovery Park is always fun. WHEEEE!!!!!

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

On the Natomas Trail we skated west over a bridge to a skate park, where all of our skaters did tricks. See the Skate Park photo linked to a YouTube video above on the right.

After the Skate Park and an ambiguous election, we returned to 3rd md S so we could get to Vallejo's before 9:00.

Returning the way we came, in a while we were back at 3rd and S. I estimate that we skated 6 to 8 miles.

Morgan had to leave, but the rest of us enjoyed food, drink, and extensive conversation at Vallejo's. Great exercise and fun night!

Bernie

April 12, 2010

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

Tonight we were rained out.

It rained off and on in Downtown Sacramento today until about 5:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. the streets and sidewalks were about 98% wet, and more rain was expected. Great for slipping and sliding, not for skating.

I did not show up, and I don't think anybody else did.

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

Bernie

April 5, 2010

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Four Skaters Loop Disco Park and Traverse Twin Rivers!

Cynthia, Bernie, Gus and I made it out for the 4/5/2010 MSN. I arrived a little after 7 PM and the other three already had a plan of action decided: a skate northward through Discovery Park to the Jedidiah Smith Recreation Trail on the north side of the American River; looping back over the 12th Street Bridge and finishing the skate by returning on the Two Rivers Recreation Trail on the south side of the river. For the Two Rivers section of the skate route, check out the City of Sacramento's info page here: Two Rivers Trail.

We started northward on 3rd St. to O St.; at O we proceeded west toward the Sacramento River. In front of the Crocker Art Museum we paused for a photo op; admiring the juxtaposition of the Victorian Italianate style of the original Crocker mansion gallery with the modern style of the recent addition - which in my opinion takes some visual cues from The Guggenheim in NYC. Check out the architect's project description here:CROCKER ART MUSEUM Addition and Renovation.

West on O St. to Front St. where we turned north and skated into and through Old Sac. At the north end of OS we reconnected with the recreation trail; skated past the Sacramento Water Intake Facility (which unfortunately has been tagged up with graffiti); skated past the old water intake facility (which is moldering away and could be re-purposed – see my mad mental meandering in the write-up for the March 1, 2010 MSN March 1, 2010 Monday Night Skate; glided past the quiet, empty parking lot on the south side of the American River-Sacramento River confluence where a very happy couple was strolling hand-in-hand adding their positive karmic energy to quietly reverberating echoes of the crowds of summers-past that once thronged on the banks of the rivers and will soon return with the warming weather of spring then summer. We regrouped at the Discovery Park entrance and then continued north over the Disco Park bridge; turned east to connect to the recreation trail on the north side of the American River. This section of the rec trail took us to the Del Paso Blvd. crossing where we turned southwest to begin the return loop of the skate.

We hopped onto the Twin Rivers Recreation Trail just after crossing over the North 12th Street Bridge, (see Sac City Parks & Rec link above for map). This section of the trail is fairly new asphalt, just over 2-1/2 years old, so the surface is smooth and fast. The TRRT brought us back to the entrance of Discovery Park, where once again we regrouped.

The final leg of the skate was a reverse of the outgoing trip through Old Sac and past the Crocker Museum. We finished the skate at 8:40 PM at 3rd and S St. and covered between 6 to 8 miles.

All four of us stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. Topics of discussion: Alameda and Oakland skating areas, smart phones, GPSs, health clubs, previous Monday Night Skates, iPads and early adopters, house prices (good time to buy, tough time to sell); we just swing at everything that is thrown over the plate! But it is all good. Let's do a tally: Started with four skaters, ended with four skaters. Check. Weather was perfect at the start of the skate, perfect at the end. Check. Fun, non-competitive activity completed. Stress is reduced. Check. Joints, muscles and circulation is improved. Check. Check it off – I am checking out.

Keep skatin'

Brian

March 29, 2010

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Gus, Cynthia, Guy, Steve, and Dayle take a break near the Marina on the March 22, 2010 Monday Night Skate.Dayle, Gus, Cynthia, and Steve rest at Vallejo's after the March 22, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

4 skate north to L Street, south to Sacramento River Levee, by the Sacramento Zoo, by Land Park and back to 3rd and S! About 8 miles. New route, but no new photos. Great write-up by Brian:

So here is how the March 29 th skate went down: winds were kicking up strongly and our initial route of skating northward to North 7th St. and Richards Blvd. was quickly changed to skating southward (into the wind) and looping around on Land Park Drive, thus catching a tailwind on the return leg of the skate. So those four intrepid souls who came to skate: Bernie, Morgan, Gus and myself made a big westward turn somewhere near 7th and L St.

Traveling west on L and skating over to 3rd St. our skates shattered the street side silence with searing supersonic speed; at Capitol Mall traveling west to the Tower Bridge, we were a symphony of skating syncopation. Proceeding proudly we positively powered perfectly upon the Promenade proper with panther-like precision yet preserving a primary propensity to perpetrate our passage to the proverbial precipice of the promenade. Popping out of this putrefying prose pulp - we skated down to the construction activity at the south extent of the sidewalk (at the "Q St. Steppes" and Streetlight Museum) where a wonder-out-loud discussion ensued over the possibilities that will become (profuse prognostications?). When the construction is completed, the new extension will create a beautiful ribbon of smooth, luscious concrete from the Tower Bridge to the recreation trail access point that is about 200 ft south of “The Steppes” and a stones throw away from the pedestrian over- crossing bridge (“Dave's Bridge” to those in the know). A small columned circle has been added to the promenade and this will be a very nice addition. The stated opening date (early March) was long past but the construction looks to be in the closing phases – hand rails, curb lighting, etc. so it shouldn't be long for official ribbon cutting.

With rain clouds building from the west and the winds staying strong we decided to get rolling again and continued south on Front St. to the south marina of Miller Park. Taking Miller Park Drive south was a necessary evil. I constantly rag about the terrible asphalt on this section of road and it just continues to deteriorate and get worst. There used to be a thin line of smooth patch asphalt offset slightly west of the thoroughfare centerline (some type of utility back fill/repair). Well this thin line of smooth has acquiesced to the ravages of nature and is as checked and pot-holed as the rest of the road. To add to the hazards, skunks were out and scurrying.

Up on the levee-top recreation trail we took the full force of the headwind. It was one long hill climb to our turn point at the Sutterville Rd. access point. We regrouped for a moment and then turned east to start the return leg of the skate. At Land Park we skated north to Broadway – taking a moment to check out the movie marquees at the Tower Theater; continued to Riverside Blvd/11th St. turning north on 11th. At the corner of 11th and S St. Morgan broke off to skate back toward CSUS where he was to rendezvous with his son. Bernie, Gus and I continued west on S to finish back at the start point at the corner of S and 3rd.

Gus and Bernie stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. I had to call it a night and head home. Overall, the skate was great – we didn't get rained on, we caught a decent tailwind on the return leg of the trip and we only had two irate citizens give us “F you” salutes. We have to believe they were so choked up with love that those were the only words that they were able to cough out. Something about inline skating just brings out the best in some people...

Until next week - Keep Skatin'

Brian

March 22, 2010

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Gus, Cynthia, Guy, Steve, and Dayle take a break near the Marina on the March 22, 2010 Monday Night Skate.Dayle, Gus, Cynthia, and Steve rest at Vallejo's after the March 22, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

6 skate south on Sacramento River Levee, through Land Park, and back to 3rd and S!

Cynthia (new skater), Dayle, Gus, Guy, Steve, and I skated. The weather was nice and it didn't get dark til after 7:35.

We decided to skate south on the Sacramento River Levee. First, as suggested by Steve, we would cross Dave's Bridge. So we skated west over Dave's Bridge (a bridge over the I 5 Freeway discovered by skater, David) to Front Street. Here there used to be a north-south trail near the River, but now there is construction, so we skated south on Front Street itself to Broadway.

Crossing Broadway, we skated south to the Marina. See the photo above on the left. From the Marina we skated south on Ramp Road and onto the Sacramento River Levee, where we continued south.

graphic letter We paused at Sutterville Road, where we decided to continue south to Captain's Table, as suggested by Guy. At Captain's Table we skated east on 25th Avenue and north and east on other streets to Land Park Boulevard.

We continued north on Land Park Boulevard into Land Park, where we skated quite a loop. exiting again on Land Park, where we again skated north to the Tower Theater.

Homeward bound, we skated west on Broadway, north on Riverside Boulevard, and west on S Street to Vallejo's. Guy left, but the rest of stayed for food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's. See the photo above on the right. I estimate that this was an 8 to 10 mile skate.

Bernie

March 15, 2010

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David, Brian, Rusty, Dayle, and Gordon pause at Temple Coffee Shop on S Street on the March 15, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

One new photo, and six enjoy skating 8 mile S Street, T Street, 59th Street, M Street...loop! See great write up by Brian:

Bernie, Dayle, Rusty, Dave, Gordon and I were the skate crew for Monday night. With benefit from Daylight Saving Time, we started the skate with a little sunlight remaining. The daylight will continue to lengthen into the afternoon hours and the skating will just get better and better. So come out of your burrows all you hibernating skaters!

Initially, we chose a skate to CSUS but as will be described our goals would take a shift. To get the skate started we took a standard eastward roll on S St. At 29th Dave called for a detour and we swung into the Temple Coffee and Tea at 2928 S St. We didn't try out their coffee or tea but the place has great ambiance and seems to have a strong clientele. Bernie took advantage of our stop to grab a photo op. See photo above on the right. Should I ever take up coffee drinking I'll have to stop by this place and give their cup o' joe a test drive – maybe Dave will drop a line on his opinion – he's our culinary expert on wheels!

graphic letter We crossed under the Cap City Freeway; turned south for one block at 30th St.; east on T St. and continued across Alhambra staying on T St. We would take T St. east to 59th St. T St. is one of the best streets around for skating. It has wide bike lanes, good condition asphalt and really diversified architecture. Not that we could see it in the dark but we knew it was there and that is all that matters...

We regrouped at 59th then skated north to Folsom Blvd, passing the Corti Bros. Market at the corner. Corti Bros. has repaved their back parking lot. Wow! Wonderful black ice, smooth and blemish-free. This lot has for years been a sea of potholes and checkered pavement with an intermingling of patches just waiting to snag an unsuspecting skater and unleash the road rash beast. Well no more – well done CBM!

We crossed Folsom to 58th St. and made a decision to forgo a full CSUS loop and just go down to M St. and take it back westward. We made excellent time on M; crossed Alhambra to connect with Capital. Realizing time was quickly approaching 8:15 PM reinvigorated our skating and we covered the distance from Alhambra to 7th St. with minimal stops – can't win a fight with the cars!

We arrived back at the start point at 3rd and S around 8:30 PM. Bernie, Gordon and Dayle stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's. I had to call it a night so I don't know what the topic(s) of discussion was but I'll wager politics and the nation's economy were touched on. Or possibly investment strategies or state employee furlough days or skiing conditions... You get the picture – a great skate, great weather , and certainly fun and engaging conversation!

Keep skatin'

Brian

March 8, 2010

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Steve, Brian, and Dayle take a break at the Natomas Inustrial Park on the March 1, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

No new photos, but 2 enjoy skating 8 mile East Poratl Park loop.... See great write up by Brian:

Bernie and I showed up to skate last Monday Night - the Dynamic Duo out to tame the mean streets of Gotham with flashing skate frames, wheels cutting and slashing the asphalt; rending the stale, stagnant air of downtown and leaving trail of melted pavement as evidence of our travels. Well, that would be neat and impressive but realistically, we took a rather casual and sedate skate to East Portal Park.

We got rolling around 7:15 PM and I believe the temperature was somewhere in the mid to high 50s with a light breeze blowing from the southwest. This breeze would come back on to haunt us on the return leg of the skate as it would be continuously in our face – one long, long hill to climb.

The route we chose was fairly standard. East on S St. to about 27th St. where we turned north and skate to Capitol Ave. Turning east on Capitol we crossed through the construction in front of Biba's continued under the Capital Freeway, crossed Alhambra and turned in behind the defunct Andiamo's! Restaurant. A little zigging and zagging brought us to Seville; north for two blocks then we turned east on L St. At 35th St. we skated south for a block and turned east on M St.

Surprisingly, traffic on M St. was pretty heavy for the time of night but we made the best of the situation and by the time we passed 38th or 39th St. traffic was virtually non-existent. Bernie mentioned how 39th St. is a great street to skate since it is wide, well illuminated and stretches southward to T St. So we called an audible to change up the skate loop and return from East Portal Park via 39th and T.

At East Portal Park we took a quick breather at the park bench next to the vestigial remains of the water fountain. Between discussing super string theories and macroeconomic indicators we pondered why the water fountain was removed. Possibly, the fountain was a magnet for homeless people? Possibly, it was vandalized? With no answer to be found and the hour getting late we got rolling back to complete the skate.

Turning south on 39th took us through the heart of the “fab 40's” area. The architecture and landscaping in this neighborhood is impressive any hour of the day or night. 39th takes a slight jog at Folsom Blvd. and Bernie and I timed the traffic signal just right and did not have to slow significantly to make a safe crossing of Folsom. At the corner of 39th and T St. we turned west and took T all the way back to 4th St. Skating one block north brought us back to the start point at S St.

graphic letter We stayed for food and conversation at Vallejo's restaurant. I estimate the distance at about eight miles. The weather conditions were great and the exercise and fun invaluable!

Keep skatin'

Brian

March 1, 2010

Johnny Be Good
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Steve, Brian, and Dayle take a break at the Natomas Inustrial Park on the March 1, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

4 enjoy skating to and from Gateway Oaks Business Park.... See great write up by Brian:

Day le, Steve, Bernie and I showed up to skate. The weather conditions were great for skating and a loop out to the Gateway Oaks business park was picked. This skating route is predominantly on recreation paths but also has short connecting jaunts on street surfaces.

We skated north on 3rd St. to O St. crossed over the freeway and hopped up on the levee top promenade; proceeding north. As we glided past the quiet yet incandescently jeweled marina catwalks lining the Sacramento River the sound of our skates skimming the concrete was in symphony with the faraway murmurs of conversations and tinkling of glassware coming from riverside restaurants. Each sound bouncing and reflecting from the languid ribbon of water flowing past...

Anyway, breaking out of this reverie, we crossed Capitol Mall at the east end of the Tower Bridge to enter Old Sac. We rolled over the jagged bone-jarring checkered asphalt on Front St. turned east; took advantage of the slight downhill on Front and connected with 2nd St. A quick skate on 2nd got us to the north end of Old Town. At the connection to the recreation trail a quick breather was taken then we took the rec trail north under the I St. and Jibboom St. Bridges.

We skated through the fountain and seating area in front of the new water intake facility then passed the ancient hulk of the old water intake facility. Just a side note - here is a little gem the City of Sacramento is letting waste - the old intake facility should be converted to a one-of-a-kind , in-the-river panoramic view accommodation. I have never been inside the thing but it more than likely has at least four floors: top entry, controls, maintenance, and pumps. So refit the upper entry level with new windows and doors; convert the controls and maintenance levels into sitting and sleeping areas with french doors opening to decks out over the river; add the appropriate heating and ac equipment, a kitchenette with wine cooler; cable and WI-FI connections; hardwood flooring throughout and upgrade the connecting catwalk; add fire and intrusion alarms, and rent the place out as an in-river retreat. Perfect of quiet romantic getaways; quiet corners of solitude for struggling writers, etc. Hey! It has a great view of the river and the catwalk is an awesome entryway.

Well, back to the skate... We regrouped at the Discovery Park Bridge then crossed over the American River into Discover Park; followed Discovery Park Road through the park to Garden Highway. We skated the rec trail that parallels Garden Hwy and traveled west to Gateway Oaks Dr. North on Gateway where we dropped down the short little downhill that is always a blast and then we turned west on River Plaza.

River Plaza deadheads with the rec trail access point at the base of the levee for what I believe is called the Main Drainage Canal. Whatever its name, we took the rec trail that parallels it. This trail crosses West El Camino and then continues to meander northward and curls around the perimeter of the Gateway Oaks Business Park. We regrouped at a patio table at the business park where Bernie grabbed a photo or two.

Our return trip was a reverse of the outgoing leg except Bernie, who has at times been known to put on a cape and assume the personae of "Capt. Rollerblade" took an amazing header into a landscaping area as we were coming off the recreation trail onto River Plaza Dr. The grass border actually has an asphalt curb about three inches high and at night this curb is virtually invisible. Needless to say it took Bernie's wheels right out from under him. The Capt. Rollerblade cape probably would have added to Bernie's flight distance, approximately eight feet or so. Landing on grass kept the potential for injury low but at the speed Bernie was traveling I am going to have to give credit to Bernie's cat-like reflexes for keeping him out of major pain. Maybe "Ironman Scoville" is an apt moniker... :-)

graphic letter We took a detour in Old Sac to skate the pedestrian tunnel that connects Old Sac to the Downtown Plaza. We turned south after passing under the Indo Arch and the Downtown Plaza catwalk; crossed L St., Capitol Mall, N, O, and Q St.; jogged west to 3rd St.; took 3rd south to arrive back at our start point at S St.

Vallejo's was already closed so we took a trip over to Willy's at 16th and Broadway. Willy's had all the high carb, full fat comfort food we needed to finish a most excellent skate. I'll estimate the distance at eight miles; the decompression from the daily grind invaluable; the fun of rolling free immense.

Until next week - keep skatin'

Brian

February 22, 2010

Johnny Be Good
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Skating down a parking lot on the October 6, 2008 Monday Night Skate.Dayle, David, Rusty, and Brian pause near the Tower Theater on the February 22, 2010 Monday Night Skate.

5 enjoy skating loop through Curtis Park, SCC, Land Park.... See great write up by Brian:

Dayle, Bernie, Dave, Rusty and I showed up to skate and the weather conditions were similar to the week before: light breeze, air temperature in the mid 60s.

Bernie suggested a skate to Sacramento City College by way of Curtis Park and with all in agreement or at least no dissension we got rolling around 7:15 pm.

East on S St. to 26th St. then south on 26th.crossing Broadway et. al. until we teed with Marshall Way. Dave, Rusty and I went east on Marshall and looped back east on Donner to 26th; Bernie and Dale went west on Marshall to 26th. We all regrouped at the north entrance to Curtis Park.

We skated W. Curtis Park Dr. to Sutterville Road. At Sutterville we skated west, up over the train track over crossing, (one of the "hills" of Sacramento) and turned into the Sacramento City College parking lot.

We continued over the parking structure where Bernie, Dave and Rusty took a quick downhill run. You can click on the thumbnail above on the left for a 2008 YouTube video of skating down this parking lot. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We skated through the campus to Freeport Blvd, crossed over to College Ave. then meandered through the beautiful houses in this area until we reached 17th St and the south entrance to California Middle School.

At the school we skated the beautiful interior courtyard; Dave and Bernie talked politics. The brave ones voiced their opinions while the rest of us listened to the sweet symphony of urethane wheels on concrete...

To finish the loop we continued north to Marty Way, connected with Broadway (with a quick look at the movie marquees at the Tower Theater -- See photo above on the right.); swung north on 11th St. and turned west on S St.

Time: approx. 8:45 pm Distance: approx. 8 miles. Fun: priceless...

Keep Skatin

Brian

February 15, 2010

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Skating down a parking lot on the October 6, 2009 Monday Night Skate.Brian, Gus, and Rusty pose at Fairy Tale Town on the October 5, 2009 Monday Night Skate.

I did not skate tonight; I was sick with a serious cold. Bernie  Brian has done a great write up for us:

Rusty, Dave and I showed up to skate. The weather conditions were perfect; a light breeze blowing and the temperature in the mid 60's. We chose a skate to East Portal Park and got going around 7:10 pm.

Our route, fairly standard: east on S St. to 11th, turning north, and continuing to N St. We skated the perimeter sidewalk of the park to Capitol Ave; crossed 15th St. to continue east. Automobile traffic was light and we made good time through midtown.

After squeezing through the construction cataract at Capitol and 26th we crossed Alhambra,skirted around the backside of the old Andiamo's! Restaurant and skated north on Seville to L St.

East on L St. to 35th; jogging south one block to M St. Once again, with little automobile traffic on the road, we skated swiftly eastward to 52nd St. and East Portal Park.

A ten minute breather was taken on a park bench on the south side of the park and we returned to our start point at 3rd and S to complete the skate loop with a direct reversal of the outgoing leg.

A check of the clock: 8:15 pm. Distance: approx. 8 miles.

Keep Skatin

Brian

February 8, 2010

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

Tonight, we were rained out after we started skating, but we did see the pink lights at the Capitol!

We had 4 skaters tonight, David, Rusty, Steve, and myself. We decided to start by skating to the Capitol. David and Rusty said that the Capitol was lit up in pink to fight breast cancer.

The North wing of the Capitol was indeed lit up in pink! At the Capitol the others did two laps around the Capitol, while I did one; I am getting slower as I age. By the time we finished our laps, it was raining. Then we decided to skate back to 3rd and S.

After our 4 to 6 mile skate, I enjoyed food and drink by myself in Vallejo's. Another good workout!

Bernie

February 1, 2010

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Skating down a parking lot on the October 6, 2009 Monday Night Skate.Brian, Gus, and Rusty pose at Fairy Tale Town on the October 5, 2009 Monday Night Skate.

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

We had 3 skaters tonight - Dave, Rusty, and myself. As suggested by Dave, we decided to do a southern route - south on the Sacramento River Levee. To start we skated south on 3rd Street to Broadway.

I did not make any new photos or movies. This skate ended up being very like our October 5, 2009 skate, which was sort of like our October 6, 2008 skate, so, lacking new photos and movies, I used the October 6, 2008 You Tube film clip and and the October 5, 2009 photo to illustrate this skate. Here is a link to our October 5, 2009 skate . Here is a link to our October 6, 2008 skate . You can also click on the thumbnails above to see these earlier graphics.

After crossing south on Broadway, we skated south on Ramp Street, then we continued south on the Sacramento River Levee. At Sutterville Road we decided to skate east to the Sacramento Zoo.

From the Sacramento Zoo we skated through Land Park to Sacramento City College. At Sacramento City College we skated around a little as we headed to the parking lot. All of us enjoyed skating down this wonderful parking lot. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter While skating home we went by Crocker Middle School and near the Tower Theater Marquee. Then we split up and went to our homes. I estimate that this was about an 8 mile skate.

Another great skate - great conversation and exercise!

Bernie

January 25, 2010

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

Tonight, I KNOW we were rained out.

It rained off and on in Downtown Sacramento today. At 6:00 pm it was still raining, and the pavement was 100 percent wet. Great for slipping and sliding, not for skating.

I did not show up, and I don't think anybody else did.

I hope to see you and skate together next Monday!

Bernie

January 18, 2010

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

Tonight, I believe we were rained out.

It rained off and on early today - until about 2:00 p.m . At 7:00 p.m. the streets and sidewalks were still quite wet in many places. About 30% of the pavement near my Midtown house was wet. Not a great night for skating.

I did not show up, but maybe other skaters did. I may update this report in the future.

Bernie

January 11, 2010

Johnny Be Good
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6 Skaters enjoy Downtown Sacramento City, American River Parkway, Downtown Sacramento City loop!

Thom, Steve, Rusty, and Dayle, look at 20th and K ice-skaters on the January 04, 2010 Monday Night Skate.We had 6 skaters tonight - David, Ronald, Rusty, Steve, Thom, and myself. Ronald, who has had to work Monday nights, was able to return tonight. Since the ice-skating rink will be closing soon (the 18th), we decided to start our skate by visiting it.

So we skated east on S Street to 20th Street, then we skated north to the ice-skating rink. To see us stop at the ice-skating rink, see the photo above on the right. Again, I don't much understand all of this ice-skating. For about $10 you get to borrow some ice skates and skate around in a small area for a brief time. If you own inline skates you can skate anywhere with pavement anytime you want as long as you want for free. !!!FREE!!!

Next we skated north on 20th Street to C Street, where we skated onto the American River Parkway. On the Parkway we skated to Del Paso and Northgate, where we skated over the 12th Street Bridge onto the newer branch (southern) of the Parkway that would take us west past 2 possible exits toward Downtown Sacramento before the Discovery Park Bridge.

graphic letter We turned south from the American River Parkway at the second Downtown exit, heading south to Richard's Boulevard.

On Richard's Boulevard, we skated east to 7th Street. On 7th Street we skated south into Downtown Sacramento, then we returned to our 3rd and S starting point. I estimate we skated 6 to 8 miles.

After the skate (thanks to carpooling with Steve), Ronald, Steve, and I enjoyed food , drinks and conversation at the Crab Shack, where Ronald, who works there, could get us food and drinks for half price. We spent some of our time talking about Chile, since Ronald is form there. Another great night of exercise and social fun!

Bernie

January 4, 2010

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

5 Skaters enjoy Downtown Sacramento City and American River Parkway loop!

Thom, Steve, Rusty, and Dayle, look at 20th and K ice-skaters on the January 04, 2010 Monday Night Skate.We had 5 skaters tonight - Dayle, Rusty, Steve, Thom, and myself. Rusty brought a new skater, Thom. Dayle wanted a skate with light, so we started out on downtown Sacramento streets.

First we skated east on S Street to 20th Street, then we skated north to the ice-skating rink. To see us stop at the ice-skating rink, see the photo above on the left. Again, I don't much understand all of this ice-skating. For about $10 you get to borrow some ice skates and skate around in a small area for a brief time. If you own inline skates you can skate anywhere with pavement anytime you want as long as you want for free. !!!FREE!!!

Next we skated north on 20th Street to C Street, where we skated onto the American River Parkway. On the Parkway we skated to Del Paso and Northgate, where we skated over the 12th Street Bridge onto the newer branch (southern) of the Parkway that would take us west to the Discovery Park Bridge and into Old Sacramento.

graphic letter We were homeward bound - returning to 3rd and S! I estimate that we skated 6 to 8 miles.

After the skate, Dayle, Steve, and I enjoyed food , drinks and conversation at the Tower Cafe. Mark, who used to skate with us, was there with Amy, his girlfriend. Another great night of exercise and social fun!

Bernie

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