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2012 Monday Night Skates (Leaving 3rd & S at 7:00 p.m.)

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December 31, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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December 31, 2012 Skate - a Skate for Fireworks and Christmas Lights

Graphic link to Skating through hoops of Christmas lights on S Street on the December 10, 2007 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a YouTube video of December 14, 2009 Christmas Light Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Gus's - I'D RATHER BE ROLLER SKATING - License Plate as seen on the December 31, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Gus and I skated tonight. As suggested by Gus, we skated mainly for Christmas lights and fireworks. First we skated north to J Street. We the skated east on J Street to about 14th Street. Then we returned west on K Street - checking out the Dive Bar and other things on the way. Then we skated over the Tower Bridge to West Sacramento.
Above: 1: Graphic link to YouTube video of Gus skating through Christmas Light Hoops on the December 10, 2007 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to YouTube video of the December 14, 2009 Monday Night Christmas Lights Skate. 3: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of 'Some Christmas Lights!' near 52nd and T Streets as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Gus's - I'D RATHER BE ROLLER SKATING - License Plate as seen on the December 31, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

In West Sacramento we wanted to skate south by the Sacramento River, but the police would not let us; the area was blocked off for firing fireworks at 9i:00 pm. A nice police officer referred us to the north side of Tower Bridge to watch the 9:00 pm. fireworks. So we skated to the north side of Tower Bridge, the West Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, to wait 30 minutes for the 9:00 pm. fireworks.

The fireworks were pretty good. We then returned to West Sacramento to again see the Christmas lights.

In West Sacramento all hell broke out. Shots were fired, and police officers on horseback were riding around with their pistols drawn. They soon got a shooter to drop his pistol. I wish I could have gotten a photo of police officers on horseback with their pistols drawn, but I just stood there with my mouth open. Spellbound!

we wanted to skate south by the Sacramento River, but the police would not let us; the area was blocked off for firing fireworks at 9i:00 pm. A nice police officer referred us to the north side of Tower Bridge to watch the 9:00 pm. fireworks. So we skated to the north side of Tower Bridge, the West Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, to wait 30 minutes for the 9:00 pm. fireworks.

Gus and I were separated as the police forced the crowd to move in different ways, but we met back at 3rd and S.

graphic letter We agreed that we had started the new year with a bang, and Gus gave me a ride home.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

December 24, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Xmas Skate 2012

Graphic link to Skating through hoops of Christmas lights on S Street on the December 10, 2007 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a YouTube video of December 14, 2009 Christmas Light Skate. Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 12/24/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr Album of Brian, Gus, and Bernie posing on 48th Street on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

On the last skate of ’12,
Who dost’ appear with skates aflying?
Why, of course,
Of course it be Bernie, Gus and Brian
Three wise men of old, with skates a flashin’
A gallant trio in a skatin' fashion.
Above: 1: Graphic link to YouTube video of Gus skating through Christams Light Hoops on the December 10, 2007 Monday Night Skate. 2: Graphic Link to YouTube video of the December 14, 2009 Monday Night Christmas Lights Skate. 3: Well documented Google map by Brian of the 12/24/2012 Monday Night Skate. 4: Graphic link to a larger photo of Brian, Gus, and Bernie - in a Flickr Album with slidfeshow capability - as seen on the December 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

From our humble start at S St. and 3rd,
“Get Rollin' ” was the call that was heard
Far to the East X-mas lights arose
Calling to our eyes and not to our nose,
So onto our feet with wheels ablaze,
We flew down S St in a smokin’ haze
Weaving through traffic and potholes without a care,
Southward at 34th St we did dare.

Upon this turn and a crossing or two,
Under the freeway, o’er Stockton Blvd we flew,
Onto T St an avenue so merry,
Into the Elmhurst district, we did not tarry.
We knew our goal,
We knew the destination,
On to the streets with Xmas illumination.

graphic letter We skated through the lights at T and 53rd,
With laughter and love, sounds of wonderment were heard.
Though we skated the lighted hoops and displays on this street,
Over on 48th awaited our last treat,
So westward onto T our skates did go,
Over to the house with the elaborate show,
With many lights ablaze and flashing displays,
The house near the freeway is quite a craze.

Though the skate was fun,
And the lights did glow,
Northward to Folsom and M St we did go,
Turning for home we did not slow,
At 29th Street a decision we did make,
Hoping for Xmas Eve food, to Suze’s we did break,
But alas, it was for naught, the burger joint was closed
Where to eat, oh where to eat, please propose

graphic letter West on P, Until the bike lane narrowed,
South on 16 th,
Our path was harrowed
Quickly we turn west on R Street,
With ease and speed we skate the smooth concrete,
With turn and a turn down streets so smooth,
Onto S and 3rd Street,
Our skate is complete.

This prose is lame,
But don’t worry,
We wish you peace and love and jolly good cheer,
Keep Skatin’ along and Happy New Year!

Brian

Whew! What possessed me to do that? Here is the recap:

graphic letter Weather: clear, and cool no wind. Streets still slightly wet with leaf slurry coating the non-traffic lanes. Bernie, Gus and I took a easy loop over the the Xmas light display in the Elmhurst district (53rd and S, etc) and then returned by a northern route via M St to Alhambra. As always, the lights in the 53rd & S St neighborhood were very nice and a good crowd was present, viewing either on foot for from cars. We continued over the the house on 48th St just south of the freeway overcrossing and checked out the display there. It was spectacular!

graphic letter We thought we could grab some food at KFC or Suze Burger but we skated past these two establishments and found they were closed. So we decided to skate back to the start point and head over to Willie’s on 16th and Broadway.

graphic letter Willie’s was a no-go – closed! Time to go to Plan B: we would go to Mel’s Diner at 30 th and J. Mel’s was a no-go – closed! Well, we didn’t really have Plan C other than go back toward Broadway with a chance of possibly finding a restaurant open and then Providence shown upon us. Looping the block, we found Del Taco open for bidness’ Good Eats at a good price. Hey, after a skate workout everything tastes great. The final wrap-up: 9+ miles of fun, good eats and good friends! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Brian

December 17, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate 12/17/2012

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 12/17/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo of this Old Sacramento Christmas Tree - in a Flickr Album with slidfeshow capability - as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie (Cap’n Rollerblade) and I showed up to brave the semi-wet, leaf-strewn streets of midtown Sac. The storms from earlier in the day left a patchwork of wetted asphalt with a leafy veneer just primed to make any false move a trying situation for a person rolling on eight thin urethane wheels attached to boots strapped to their feet. In essence, the Cap’n and I were possibly heading for a fall… Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 11/26/2012 Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to a larger photo of this Old Sacramento Christmas Tree - in a Flickr Album with slidfeshow capability - as seen on the December 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

I arrived rather late after battling through “50 shades of delay” but Bernie was kind enough to wait for me. We decided to take a short simple loop through Old Sac with a swing out over the Tower Bridge to West Sac to loop Raley Field. The skate started fairly normal with us going west on S St. to 2nd St. with a cross over I-5 via “Dave’s Bridge”. We turned north onto The Promenade atop the Sacramento River levee and skated to the Tower Bridge and Capitol Ave. We crossed Cap Ave and entered Old Sac from the south end.

graphic letter We skated 2nd St and eventually turned onto K St to check out the X-Mass light display and music the Old Sac merchants have going. The lights are great and the music is delightful. This is a display worth checking out: Downtown Sacramento Partnership - Raley's Theatre of Lights and Christmas Tree Lighting

Bernie grabbed a few photos in Old Sac then we continued on our journey – gotta keep rollin’! We skated back out Old Sac the reverse of our entrance and then skated west over the Tower Bridge. The sidewalk paralleling the old Lincoln Hwy is excellent for skating: smooth surface, wide width, gentle incline. We thoroughly enjoyed skating this concrete wonder to the corner of LH and 5th St (West Sac) where we crossed the highway and skated south.

5th St took us along the perimeter of the Raley Field sports complex and we continued south on 5th to Garden St. We turned east and skate a couple of loops of the beautiful oval loop on Garden. This section of street is not used to by vehicle traffic on a regular basis and it is a skating dream – pure inline nirvana; Valhalla; inline Eden; sweet nectar of life! Enjoy while the cars are not using the oval… ; < )

graphic letter We broke out of the loop; turned on Central St; skated east to Mill St; connected with the River Walk Trail; skated north back to the Lincoln Hwy; turned east to cross the Tower Bridge; retraced our path along the Sac Promenade; with a glide back over Dave’s Bridge and eventually finished back at our start point on S St.

graphic letter We packed our gear in my car and headed over to KFC at Capitol and Alhambra for a little food and conversation. All in all, a perfect finish to a great skate! Stats: ~4.3 miles, no major hills, slight inclines in and out of Old Sac and at the 5th St perimeter around Raley Field. Basically, a advanced beginner route.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

December 10, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Monday Night Skate 12/10/2012

Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the December 10, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to documented Google map by Steve of the December 10, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Bernie, Steve, Gordon, Brian, and Morgan posing in front of the State Capitol Christmas Tree on the December 10, 2012 Monday Night Stake.

Bernie, Morgan, Gordon, Steve, and Brian heeded the call of the wild and congregated at 3 rd and S St for the Monday Night Skate. A simple loop was chosen with the plan to cross midtown with a stop at California State Christmas Tree. Left: Graphic link to a well documented Google map by Brian of the 12/10/2012 Monday Night Skate. Center: Graphic link to a well documented Google map by Steve of the 12/10/2012 Monday Night Skate.Right: Graphic link to a larger photo of the 12/10/2012 Monday Night Skate in a Flicker Album with slide show capability.

graphic letter We skated east on S with a turn north at 4 th St. We then turned east on R and skated to 10 th St. At 10 th St we turned north and skated to the state capitol building. The California State Christmas Tree was magnificently illuminated and we stopped long enough to grab a photo or two.

After leaving the “Tree”, we skated north along the perimeter of the park then turned east on L St. We turned south on 15 th, then turned east on Capitol Ave; it would become our main conduit across the heart of midtown. We zigged and zagged at Alhambra; crossed over to 32 nd St, skated north to L St, turned east, skated to 35 th St; a short southward jaunt brought us to M St. We skated east on M to various Christmas light displays.

We reversed our outgoing path to return back to the start point at 3 rd and S. Morgan split off from the group at 10 th and N St. to skate his way to his mid-town office where he had his bicycle parked – his mode of transportation for going home.

Let us review the stats: skate loop distance: 9.3 miles; weather conditions: perfect with a light breeze; fun factor: high.

Steve called it an evening – Bernie, Gordon and I headed over to Ernesto’s at 16 th and S St. for après-skate food and conversation. Over all, a perfect skate!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

December 3, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

12/03/2012 Bonnie and Bernie Skate by the Sacramento River

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 11/26/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a photo of the November 26, 2012 Monday Night in a Flicker Album with slide show capability.

Bonnie was the only other skater to show up tonight. She had purchased inline skates to replace the quads she wore last week. We started with a short skating lesson covering falling without getting hurt, the basic A frame turn, and using the heel stop.Then we left for a short skate. No new photos or maps this week. Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 11/26/2012 Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to a photo of the November 26, 2012 Monday Night in a Flicker Album with slide show capability.

graphic letter We chose to skate by the Sacramento River, which is quite high now. We first skated west over Dave's Bridge to the Riverfront Promenade on the east side of the river. Then we skated north to the Tower Bridge.

Reaching the Tower Bridge, we crossed it by skating north. After we crossed the bridge, we skated south beside the Sacramento River's west side. Again, the river looked nice, even at night. And, the pavement was OK. When the pavement ended, we turned right to skate west to skate west to 5th Street, where we skated north to go past Raley Field.

After passing Raley Field ( Raley Field ), we turned east on Garden Express Gateway (formerly West Capitol Ave.). After crossing the Tower Bridge, we again skated by the Sacramento River, as we returned to our 3rd and S starting point.

After the 5 mile skate, we headed for Kentucky Fried Chicken for their Monday night special and some conversation.

I hope Bonnie keeps on skating; it will be great aerobic exercise for her.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

November 26, 2012

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate 11/26/2012

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 11/26/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a photo of the November 26, 2012 Monday Night in a Flicker Album with slide show capability.

Three skaters for the 11/26 roll: Bernie, Bonnie and Brian – hmm the 3Bs… Bonnie is new to the skate and found the connection through a Meet-up link. She picked up a pair of RD quad skates just hours before showing up for the skate. With limited skating experience and the new quads strapped on she gamely, bravely joined in the skate and went rollin’ Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 11/26/2012 Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to a photo of the November 26, 2012 Monday Night in a Flicker Album with slide show capability.

graphic letter We chose to skate a northern loop and visit a new business park location Bernie said Morgan had led the skate group to a few months earlier. I was not familiar with this new skate area but Bernie said the streets and sidewalks were new and the area was still closed to vehicle traffic. Sounds good to me – let’s go.

Now, Bonnie, on quads was giving this skate her best effort and she must be given props for hanging tough. A few areas were outside her comfort/skill zone but if judicious use of grassy areas and appropriate grab rails, trees, etc. she kept move along. We started the loop taking a fairly typical route to the west on S St. to 2nd St; turned north and crested the slight rise on 2nd then turned west to cross over the I-5 cataract via “Dave’s Bridge”. We continued north on the recreation trail to its crossing of Capitol Mall where we skated into Old Sac.

In Old Sac we skated north on 2nd St to the backside of the California Railroad Museum where we found our path blocked by construction activity that has wiped out the short gravel path we formerly used to connect to the recreation trail. We had to loop back around the museum and take the rougher, uneven dirty path along the front side of the museum. After we got to the rec path we skated north; with a quick regroup at the small plaza at the Matsui Water Intake Facility; a regroup at the gate at Discovery Park and we continued northeasterly on the Twin Rivers recreation path.

At the most northern end of North 7th Bernie led us off the recreation trail to the new little business park. The streets are new and everything looked really inviting until we noticed several of the streets in this area are cobblestone/patterned concrete. What would have been a slice of skating heaven turned out to a sow’s ear – cobbles and skates do not mix.

graphic letter We discovered one little gem in this pile of zircons – a neat inner sidewalk at a round-about in this business park turned out to be a great little skating loop track. A few laps got that exuberance out of our systems and we skated south on N. 7th toward the bright lights of downtown Sac…

N. 7th channeled us straight to downtown and our final connection to R St. where we turned west and skated to 4th St and took a cut across the parking lot to finish back mid-block 3rd and 4th on S St. The weather was perfect for skating and our little 5.75 miler was great fun. All three of us went over the Willie’s Burgers on 16th and Broadway for some great après-skate food and drink.

Until next week – Keep Skatin’

Brian

November 19, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate 11/19/2012

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 11/19/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 11/12/2012 Monday Night Skate.

Morgan, Steve, and I skated tonight. No new photos or movies, but we do have a new map - on the left. We wanted to avoid wet leaves on the streets, so we skated south beside the Sacramento River to the Le Rivage Hotel and Scott's Seafood. Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the November 19, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the November 12, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We started off west on S St, crossed over the I-5 chasm via “Dave’s Bridge”, and skated south on the Riverfront Promenade beside the Sacramento River to Broadway.

graphic letter We skated around the Sacramento Marina, visited the office, then skated south on Ramp Way - pavement from hell - till we reached the launching area, then we got on the Sacramento River Levee to continue south past Sutterville Road to to Le Rivage (Le Rivage).

At Le Rivage we sat down and had some conversation. Then, we skated back on the Sacramento River Levee to Sutterville Road, which we skated east to Land Park.

graphic letter We were good tonight. After we skated by the zoo (Sacramento Zoo), we didn't let the animals out. We enjoyed skating in smooth Land Park, then we headed north - through the middle school on Vallejo to the Tower Theater marquee.

Now we were homeward bound - west on Broadway to Riverside Boulevard (11th Street), north on 11th Street to S, west on S Street to our 3rd and S starting point. It was 9:23. Morgan had to go, but Steve and I headed to Ernesto's (Ernesto's) for good food, drink, and conversation.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

November 12, 2012

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate 11/12/2012

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 11/12/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 11/12/2012 Monday Night Skate.

Here’s the lowdown on how it all went down on the MNS for 11/12/12: Bernie, Gus, Steve and I showed up for a quick loop out to the Raley Field / River Walk district of West Sac. Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the November 12, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the November 12, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We started off west on S St; crossed over the I-5 chasm via “Dave’s Bridge”; connected to the recreation path on the Sacramento River levee, skated it north to the Tower Bridge; crossed the majestic golden truss span – the languid dark waters of the river shimmering like glass in the still night air – to arrive at our first regroup point at the entrance to the south side River Walk recreation path. Skating this beautiful, serpentine, concrete ribbon, we traveled to its final connection at Mill St and Riverfront St.

graphic letter We turned north to skate to the Garden St “oval” – a few laps were taken around this great section; then we proceeded to 5th St and our eventual regroup at Raley Field. Leaving the field, we turned back onto Riverfront St from Ballpark Drive.

Riverfront St becomes 3 rd St after it crosses Tower Bridge Gateway; we stayed on 3 rd until we reached the CalSTRS admin building and turned east on the inclined sidewalk that skirts the building. At the top of the sidewalk we skated north to the end of the River Walk at the abutments of the I St. Bridge. We regrouped then started our return leg back to midtown Sac.

graphic letter We took a meandering path along the lower sidewalk of the River Walk to the northwest approach of the Tower Bridge; crossed the river; turned south and reversed our path to return back the start point at S St, mid-block between 3rd and 4th.

The conditions were perfect for skating – virtually no breeze, moderate temperatures, and perfect concrete and asphalt surface on the West Sac side of the loop – just under five miles of fun. All of us headed over to KFC at Capitol and Alhambra for a little après-skate nutrition : < ).

Keep Skatin’

Brian

November 5, 2012

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate 11/5/12

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 11/05/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to 2 photos of the November 5, 2012 Monday Night in a Flicker Album with slide show capability.

Bernie, Gus and I showed up to lay down some hot urethane tracks across the mid-town streets. We chose a quick jump over to the Downtown Ice Rink at St. Rose of Lima Plaza and found the rink to be in excellent condition; the ice was smooth, no standing water; the air was cool and clear; the lighting was bright and the staff friendly. A small group of skaters were out on the ice and it looked like a great time was being had by all. Check out the info here: Downtown 7th and K Ice Rink Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the November 5, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to 2 photos of the November 5, 2012 Monday Night in a Flicker Album with slide show capability.

Since we weren’t restricted to the confines of the icy oval of the rink, we looped around the block over to 8th St; skated south one block and turned east on K St. We glided down the brightly lit corridor to 12th St; turned south to L St and continued east to 15th St. Another turn south was taken and we skated to S St and turned east to skate to our main destination: Stockton Blvd.

At Stockton we skated south with a plan to loop the UC Davis Medical Center. The bottling line at Coca-Cola Bottling was running so we stopped to watch a little of the automated bottling and capping – amazing mechanisms and machines!

graphic letter We skated back north to 39th St; slid east to V St and looped the medical center. The center is quite striking when illuminated at night – the newest structures are impressive.

Leaving from X St we skated north on Stockton and continued to its connection/transition to P St. After crossing under the mid-town freeways, Bernie dropped off at Suzie Burger; Gus and I high-tailed it back to our cars at 3 rd and S (it was close to 9 pm with Suzie’s closing at 10).

Gus and I took a quick route back to our cars; packed our gear and drove back to meet Bernie. With the excellent eats at Suzie Burger ( Suzie Burger ) we called it a great skate: 8.6 miles, with great weather and great friendship!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

October 29, 2012

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


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Gang o’ Four Searches for the Great Pumpkin

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the 10/29/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to 6 hand-carved pumpkins slide show from 2768 26th Street on the the October 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie, Gordon, Morgan and I showed up to skate and we chose a simple, short route; two reasons: first – I showed up late and the guys were nice enough to wait, two – Morgan had a timeline for receiving a call from his son who is studying physics at a university in the Czech Republic. So we decided to loop to the north side of Curtis Park to see if the pumpkin carvers of days-gone-by had retooled and put together a display. We had a faint recollection that the original organizer of the carving display had passed away and the son had carried it on for one final hurrah last year. We would see what we would see… Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map with statistics by Brian of the October 29, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to 6 hand-carved pumpkins slide show from 2768 26th Street on the the October 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter WWe started eastward on S St and would stay on this path until we got to 24th St. where we turned south. We crossed Broadway; passed the DMV office complex and entered the “Sierra 2” neighborhood, continuing on 24th to Marshall Way. We turned east on Marshall and skated to 27th St. North on 27th and we soon passed through the former “Pumkin Patch” at 27 and 3rd Ave – no pumpkins.

All was not lost as the real reason we were out to skate was to skate and skating we were – so continuing north we retraced our path to 24th; at S St. we turned west. Various regroups were taken along the path to keep the group of four a group of four; at the corner of 24th and S we took our last stop before continuing to the finish.

Somewhere around 11th St or 10th St Morgan broke off from the group to go to his office; jump on his bicycle; pedal 11+ miles to his house, to arrive in time to take his most important phone call - Morgan is just shaming us with his human-powered machinery – his son is shaming us with his brain-powered machinery. Nonetheless, they are great of heart and mind – awesome!

Gordon, Bernie and I finished the skate as normal back at the start point mid-block 3rd and 4th on S St. The time was 8:30 +/- and we decided to try going to a different type of restaurant and Star Ginger on Capitol and Alhambra was suggested. We tooled on over there but they were just shutting down the kitchen to prepare for closing at 9. So we went around the backside of their establishment to the Sushi Cafe Japanese restaurant in the small strip mall just off Alhambra (their website: newsushicafe.com). Their food was good, portions large and the staff very friendly - all-in-all a perfect finish for a perfect evening for a skate.

Statistics: 5.7 miles of easy, fun skating, perfect weather, great friends.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

October 22, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

I was the only skater tonight!

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 10/15/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve and Morgan taking in the new Light Rail Station on Richards Boulevard on the October 15, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

I was the only skater tonight. It was about 55 degrees (cold) and damp. About 10% of ground surfaces were still wet from a long rain. No new photos or maps. Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map with statistics by Steve of the October 15, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve and Morgan taking in a new Light Rail Station on the October 15, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

On my way home I skated by Occupy Sacramento. I didn't see anybody there, except one fellow standing on the curb blowing soap bubbles.

Soon I was home after skating about 5 miles to and from my house. Not much, but much better than nothing!

Next week will be our Halloween Skate. It will be a treat when a lot of you show up in costumes - or without costumes ; < ).

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

October 15, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Bernie, Morgan, and Steve skate new American River Parkway and Downtown Sacramento route!

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 10/15/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve and Morgan taking in the new Light Rail Station on Richards Boulevard on the October 15, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Morgan, Steve, and I skated tonight. Morgan mentioned that the new (southern) branch of the American River Parkway has been repaired and is open again. This sound good, so we headed toward the American Rive Parkway and NEW (YUM YUM) pavement. Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map with statistics by Steve of the October 15, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Steve and Morgan taking in a new Light Rail Station on the October 15, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We started off skating west over Dave's bridge and then north on the Waterfront Promenade into Old Sacramento.

From Old Sacramento we avoided dirty construction by skating up on the bridge to the I Street Bridge. At the top we looked at the Rail yard construction and speculated on what was being done below.

Then we skated down to Jiboom Street WHEEEE!!!!!

Crossing Jiboom Street, we were on the American River Parkway, which we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge. At this point we skated east on the newer (southern) branch of the American River Parkway. After skating about a mile east, we found a whole lot of new construction and SMOOTH pavement. We enjoyed!

The three of us - Morgan, Steve, and I next skated south to Richards Boulevard. We marveled at he new light rail station. Above Right: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Mark and Steve taking in this new Light Rail Station on this October 15, 2012 Monday Night Skate. To avoid construction, and to see new scenes, we returned to 3rd and S via 7th, 12th, and other Streets. In town, Morgan branched off to go home on his bicycle.

Steve and I arrived back at 3rd and S about 9:00. We went to Ernesto's for some great food and talk.

This was another GREAT Monday Night Skate - 9 miles, great pavement, good friends, and new sights! For a documented map, click above on the left.

Until next week, Keep Skatin’

Bernie

October 8, 2012

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Bernie, Gus, Mark, Morgan, and Steve skate Downtown Sacramento and more!

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 10/08/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Mark and Steve resting on the American River Parkway on the October 8, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Gus, Mark, Morgan, Steve, and I showed up to skate. Mark is in graduate school studying physics in Merced. We were disappointed that he did not have his Nobel Prize yet. We asked Mark where he wanted to skate. He wanted to skate Downtown and then onto the American River Parkway. Morgan suggested that a Downtown skate should include the State Capitol. We agreed, and away we went. Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the October 8, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Mark and Steve resting on the American River Parkway on the October 8, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We started off skating east on S Street.

Soon we were at the State Capitol on 10th Street between L and N Streets - The West Steps. We skated around, then we skated north to 10 and L. At this point, Mark and Steve skated east on L Street. I thought Gus and Morgan would follow, so I skated behind Mark and Steve to 15th and L. At this point we looked around. We were surprised not to see Gus and Morgan. We skated back on L Street to 10th and L trying to find them. Then we skated north on 10th Street, looking for Gus and Morgan. We never could find them.

The three of us - Mark, Steve, and I continued north and east, entering the American River Parkway near 20th and C Streets. We skated the American River Parkway all the way back to Downtown Sacramento. Above Right: Graphic link to a larger photo in a Flickr Album of Mark and Steve resting on the American River Parkway on the October 8, 2012 Monday Night Skate. To avoid construction we did our final lap on Jibboom Street and through the Amtrak Train Station.

graphic letter We arrived back at 3rd and S about 10:00. Mark went home. Steve and I went to KFC for some food and talk.

Too bad we got split up, but this was another GREAT Monday Night Skate. For a documented map, click above on the left.

Until next week, Keep Skatin’

Bernie

October 1, 2012

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Gang of Four Roll to Land Park - Bernie Suffers an Achy Breaky Skate

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Steve of the 10/01/2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to 5 larger photos in a Flickr Album of Brian, Gus and Morgan on the September 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

No new photos. Morgan, Steve, Gus and I showed up for the skate and by 7:15 pm we were surprised when Bernie had not arrived. A quick call to his cell phone cleared up the mystery – he had a skate break on his way to meet us and he was now traveling by foot. We skated a couple of blocks to the east on S St. and met him. His skate was beyond repairing on the street as it was missing a cuff pivot fastener and a wheel screw. There was no doubt about the root cause of Bernie’s observation he was experiencing an extreme level of pronation of one of his skates. Bernie decided he would walk back home and the Gang of Four would do the skate. Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of the September 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to 5 larger photos in a Flickr Album of Brian, Gus and Morgan on the September 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We decided to take a run down South on the Sac river levee. Per normal procedure, we skated west on S to 3rd St, turned south and skated to Broadway, turned back west and skated to Front St, turned south again and took the marina access road. The earlier darkness brought out more of the creatures of the night and we had to avoid/maneuver around at least two skunks – no telling how many were hiding nearby in bushes and shrubbery. We rambled over the checkered, heaved, potholed, decrepit asphalt of the south marina road, passed by the boat launch as the last of the late-evening boaters were pulling their watercraft out of the river and thanked the asphalt gods as we rose up onto the smooth black ribbon of multi-use recreation (bike) trail that tops the levee.

graphic letter WWe made good time going south and at the trail access point at Sutterville Road we took a quick regroup then continued east on Sutterville to Land Park. The smells of the zoo were prominent as we made our way along its north side. We turned north on Land Park; skated to the crosswalk in front of the zoo and crossed to the east side of Land Park; cut through William Land Park; meandering on 13th Ave & 15th Ave & Park Ave until we arrived at the entrance on Freeport Blvd. We crossed over Freeport and skated through the entrance of City College. We cooled our wheels at a picnic table outside the cafeteria; our eight wheels take five.

To start our loop back to the skate start point we skated to the eastern edge of the campus; turned north on 23rd St. in front of the newly renovated Hughes Stadium; turning west on 9 th Ave then turned north on Freeport. We passed by the majestic old McClatchy High School then turned west on Vallejo. We meandered the streets in this area until we found ourselves at the Tower Theater – a quick look at the feature attractions was in order. In our ten minute dwell, we met a young lady walking her dog that was a rescue pooch. She said she found him in a box (with some almonds inside). She had named him “Pinto” and the name seemed to match. Pinto seemed like a great dog.

We finished up the skated by taking Broadway to 11th St/Riverside; turned north on 11th; skated to S St where Morgan broke from the group to continue his skate back to his office to get on his bicycle to ride the remaining 11 miles to his home. Roll on two wheels or eight – Morgan, you are the man!

Steve, Gus and I finished our skate at Willie’s over off of 16th and Broadway – hey, chili cheese hot dogs and fries see like a healthful chaser to the great skate. We covered a little over eight miles. Perfect weather and perfect skate conditions – we are easy to please!

Until next week, Keep Skatin’

Brian

September 24, 2012

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Monday Night Skate – Oak Park Loop

Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of tonight's Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to 5 larger photos in a Flickr Album of Brian, Gus and Morgan on the September 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Morgan, Bernie, Gus and I showed up for the Monday Night Skate and we chose a loop through the west side of Oak Park via Stockton and Broadway. Left: Graphic link to well documented Google map by Brian of tonight's Monday Night Skate. Right: Graphic link to 5 larger photos in a Flickr Album of Brian, Gus and Morgan on the September 24, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We started the skate going east on S St; catching the street scene along S. The weather was perfect for skating and we covered the distance from 3rd St to 34th St. We turned south on 34th St. for two short blocks to the corner of T St, where we turned east and skated to Stockton; a quick regroup was taken at the corner. We continued south on Stockton; past the main campus of the UCD Medical Center; past the Shriners’ building to the corner of Stockton and 2nd Avenue; regrouping at the Richard and Annette Block Cancer Survivors Park.

This is a very beautiful park that is well worth a visit. Check out the info here: Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivor Park

Bernie grabbed a few photos and we continued our skate eastward on 2nd Avenue. At 48th St we skated north; circled the round-about at the confluence of 48th and X St – grabbing a short regroup to admire the beautiful tree-lined streets and manicured grounds of the medical campus.

Continuing the skate, we took X back to Stockton and turned south to skate to Broadway where we would turn west to start the return leg. Broadway has various areas of rough pavement, limited bike lanes, cracked and shattered concrete – just another avenue in skating paradise!

graphic letter We cut through the west side of Oak Park; traveling past some of the most amazing un-redeveloped areas in Sacramento – the eclectic architecture of the buildings and the triangle lots along Broadway are just waiting for the gentrification gods to take notice.

At Tower Theater we took a quick loop to the marquees to check out the showing features. To finish the skate we continued west on Broadway to Riverside/11th St; turned north and skated to S St. Morgan split off at the corner to continue to his office to hop on his bicycle to take his final ride home.

Bernie, Gus and I finished back at the parking lot at 3rd and S. Gus called it a night; Bernie and I went over to Chipotle at 19th and Capitol for après-skate food. A perfect finish to a perfect skate: 8+ miles, nice weather.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

September 17, 2012

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Gordon, Gus, Steve, Todd, and Bernie skate to Natomas pedestrian bridge and back!

Graphic link to documented Google map with statistics by Steve of tonight's Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Gordon, Gus, Morgan, and Jacob pausing at Gateway Oaks on the July 9, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Gordon, Jacob, Morgam, and Gus pausing on the Natomas pedestrian overpass on the July 9, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo in a Flickr Album of Gordon, Steve, Todd, and Gus on the American River Parkway on the September 17, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Gordon, Gus, Steve, Todd, and I skated this Monday Night Skate. We decided to skate to Natomas and its new pedestrian bridge. Above: A Google Map with statistics by Steve of the September 17. 2012 Monday Night Skate, skaters at Gateway Oaks on a similar skate, skaters on the Natomas pedestrian overpass on a similar skate, and tonight's skaters on on the American River Parkway in a Flickr Album.

graphic letter We skated west on S Street, then north, then west on Dave's Bridge, crossing Front Street, arriving on the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade.

graphic letter We continued skating the Promenade north into Old Sacramento. After skating north on Second Street, we skated west onto the American River Parkway, which required us to cross a block of construction dirt and confusion. On the American River Parkway, we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge, where we turned west to skate down into Discovery Park. WHEEEE!!!!!

From Discovery Park we skated north onto the American River Parkway parallel to Garden Highway, which we skated west to Gateway Oaks Drive. On Gateway Oaks Drive we skated north onto River Plaza Drive, which we skated onto a Natomas Trail, which we skated north across El Camino and onto the new Natomas multi-use trail bridge over I 80.

After skating over I 80, we arrived in the smooth pavement of Peregrine Park.

graphic letter We enjoyed skating back over the smooth pedestrian I 80 bridge. We returned the way we came: On the Natomas Parkway, we skated to River Plaza Drive, which took us back to Gateway Oaks, which took us back to the part of the American River Parkway parallel to Garden Highway.

graphic letter We were now homeward bound. We skated east on Garden Highway, until we could skate south into Discovery Park. Then we skated south up the Discovery Pak Bridge, and south on the American River Parkway into Old Sacramento. Very soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

We arrived back at 3rd and S after this 13 mile skate around 10:00 pm (late). The others went promptly home, Gus and I went to Willie's for food, drink, and conversation.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

September 10, 2012

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2 skate Sacramento River Levee south to Scott's Seafood Restaurant & do a 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. Morgan and Steve take a break at Scott's Seafood Restaurant on the February 7, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

We had two skaters tonight - Morgan, and myself. Above are links to one video and three photos from similar skates in the past. After some discussion, Morgan and I decided to skate south by the Sacramento River.

We skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated south on the promenade to Broadway, where we skated south on Ramp Way past the boat launching area onto the Sacramento River Levee.

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.

At Sutterville Road we decided to skate further south to Scott's Seafood Restaurant, where we took a break. See photo above on the right for similar fireside break.

From Scott's Seafood Restaurant, we skated back on the Sacramento River 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 by 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 10 miles.

Morgan kindly used his van to take me home, where he met my domestic partner, Tara. Another wonderful Monday Night Skate!

Bernie

September 3, 2012

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2 skate: to Fremont Park clip art, State Capitol, around State Capitol Park!

Graphic link to larger photos in Flickr Album (which includes slideshow capability), including 3 photos of chalk art from the September 2, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 2 skaters tonight on this Labor Day - Gus, and myself. 3 new photos. We first skated to Fremont Park at 16th and P, and looked at the chalk art. Some of the chalk art is GOOD! Then, after art viewing, we skated to and around the State Capitol. You can see 3 pieces of chalk art from tonight's skate by clicking above on the right. This will take you to our Flickr Album, which has many photos from recent skates and slideshow capability .

After skating around the State Capitol, we skated back to 3rd and S.

After this chalk art viewing 6 mile skate, we were soon back at 3rd and S. Then Gus drove home and I skated home.

Another great night of exercise and social fun! Inline skating has enriched my life greatly. Do yourself a favor and join us!

Bernie

August 27, 2012

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4 skate: to State Capitol, around State Capitol Park, to West Sacramento!

Graphic link to larger photos in Flickr Album (which includes slideshow capability), including 1 photo from the August 27, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 4 skaters tonight - Gordon, Gus, Morgan, and myself. One new photo. We skated to the State Capitol to meet Morgan, after he called us from there. From the West Steps we decided to skate a lap around the Capitol Park - about a mile. You can see us skating south from Raley Field in the photo above on the left. A larger version is in our Flickr Album, which is linked to from the thumbnail above and left.

Next, as suggested by Gordon, we decided to skate to West Sacramento. So we enjoyed a leisurely skate west on beautiful Capitol Avenue. In West Sacramento, as soon as we passed Raley Field, we skated south to go around part of it. Soon we were skating south from Raley Field on smooth pavement with almost no traffic.You can see us skating south from Raley Field in the photo above on the left. A larger version is in our Flickr Album, which is linked to from the thumbnail above and left.

graphic letter We next skated back into Sacramento. As we crossed the Tower Bridge, we noticed that the water was only 6 or 7 feet deep.

After this 6 mile skate, we were back at 3rd and S by 8:30, and it was getting dark. Morgan cut away at Tower Bridge to ride his bicycle home. Gus went home to eat his salad. Gordon and I enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's. He really stumped me. He asked if I knew the difference between a Republican and an ass hole.

Another great night of exercise and social fun! Inline skating has enriched my life greatly. Do yourself a favor and join us!

Bernie

August 20, 2012

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3 skate loop: Occupy Sacramento, almond trees near the Almond Growers, American River Parkway!

Graphic link to larger photos in Flickr Album, including 2 photos from the August 6, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 3 skaters tonight - Gus, Morgan, and myself. No new photos or movies. We skated to Occupy Sacramento at City Hall where we talked with Michael and others. The City Council is setting up strict rules for Occupy Sacramento. No tables or chairs. Sit on the ground I guess. The ACLU was involved in a meeting today. I would guess that the ACLU would try to protect the rights of the protestors against the City Council.

When we left City Hall, we skated east to 16th Street, where we turned north to D Street. We continued north and east onto the American River Parkway entrance at 20th and C.

graphic letter We next skated onto the American River Parkway by some almond trees. We picked a few almonds, then we continued on the American River Parkway to Old Sacramento.

After this 6 to 8 mile skate, we were back at 3rd and S by 8:30, and it was getting dark. Morgan cut away before 3rd and S to ride his bicycle home. Gus and I went to KFC for food, drink, and conversation. I like grilled, and he likes crispy.

Another great night of exercise and social fun! Inline skating has added years to my life. Do yourself a favor and join us!

Bernie

August 13, 2012

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3 skate south by the Sacramento River and return on Riverside Boulevard!

Graphic link to larger photos in Flickr Album, including 2 photos from the August 6, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 3 skaters tonight - Gordon, Gus, and myself. No new photos or movies. Gordon kindly suggested a south by the Sacramento River loop.

graphic letter We first skated west to Frontage Road and the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. We even skated north a bit to look at some turtles. Then we skated south to Broadway, then west and south to Miller Park and the Sacramento Marina. After skating around the Marina, we skated south on Ramp Way (bad pavement) to a boat launch area.

We continued south from the boat launch area onto the Sacramento River Levee. We continued south on the Levee to Sutterville Road. At Sutterville Road, I was having great trouble with my skates (The wheels were not rotating well, and my left skate was severely supinating.), so we returned directly on Riverside Boulevard.

After this 8 mile skate, we were back at 3rd and S by 8:30, and it was just getting dark. Gus went straight home, and Gordon gave me a ride home.

Inline skating has added years to my life. Do yourself a favor and join us!

Bernie

August 6, 2012

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Six Skaters Wander West Sac

Graphic link to larger photos in Flickr Album, including 2 photos from the August 6, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Morgan, Jacob, Gordon, Gus, Bernie and I showed up to skate. A West Sac skate was suggested and without debate the destination was agreed upon. Where in West Sac we would go was still undecided but at least we had a general direction of travel.

With Gordon taking the lead on this skate we traveled west on S St to 2 nd, turned north for one block then turned west to cross over I-5 on Dave’s Bridge. A quick crossing of Front St put us on the Sacramento River Promenade. We traveled north, crossed over Capitol Mall aand turned west to skate over the Tower Bridge. On the West Sac side of the Sacramento River we turned north immediately off the bridge walkway to skate the River Park Walk. This jaunt took us past West Sac’s premier office building complex – CalPERS Ziggurat and CalSTRS Admin building – glass and stainless steel towers for the masses!

At the foot of the CalSTRS Building we skated a beautiful inclined sidewalk down to 3rd St. Turned north on 3rd and skated to C St and the I St Bridge (Sacramento City I St).

We cut through the edge of the Broderick District to connect to Lighthouse Dr then turning onto Fountain Dr we skated up to the boundary of the Lighthouse gated subdivision; taking the ped access gate at the foot of the levee bound River Crest Dr we skated up onto the levee top boulevard. Skating west on this ribbon of asphaltic ecstasy – smooth, wide blacktop with no vehicle traffic – we cruised past the few estates that have been constructed and regrouped at the elbow of River Crest and West Lake Dr.

Man! I remember golfing in this area back in 1989 – 91 when this was a decent little golf course. It was new, with freshly planted trees, old stately oaks, mushy fairways and reasonable green fees. Perfect for the budget-minded duffer!

Anyway, back to the skate – we zoomed down the short incline on West Lake Dr and continued out the gated entrance/exit to turn west on Lighthouse Dr then turn north on Kegle Dr. At Carrie Way we swung west and looped through the housing areas, past the elementary (undergoing renovation), regrouped at the softball fields at the corner of Todhunter and Carrie, continued on Todhunter to Anna St; turned south on Hardy Way with a eastward jaunt on Cummins Way to 6th.

Near the corner of 6 th and A we stopped to check out a large tree that was recently cut down. The trunk size attested to the size of the tree – it must have been magnificent went it was standing!

We continued to 5 th St – skated south to Raley Field where we looped the ballpark. A game was in progress so we didn’t linger lest we get hassled for loitering or some other bogus charge of social unrest by “skaterboys”.

We crossed back over the Sacramento River; turned south on the Sacramento Promenade; skated down to the I-5 pedestrian overcrossing (Dave’s Bridge); skated to the Sacramento 3rd St with an eventual completion on S St mid-block 3rd and 4th.

Bernie, Gus, Gordon and I went to Chipotle over at 19 th & L for après-skate food and bevs; Morgan and Jacob called it a night.

On this fine night for skating the conditions were perfect, the asphalt smooth and our glides and strides effortless.

So until next week…

Keep Skatin’

Brian

July 30, 2012

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Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

5 skate south by the Sacramento River and back!

Graphic link to larger photos in Flickr Album, including 2 photos from the July 30, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 5 skaters tonight - Gordon, Gus, Laura, Morgan, and myself. Gordon kindly suggested a south by the Sacramento River loop. I am late making this report, because I tried to make a YouTube movie of this skate and failed many time. Skaters on the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade look down at sunning turtles on the July 30, 2012 Monday Night Skate. For this and other photos in a Flickr album click on the thumbnail on the left.

graphic letter We first skated west to Frontage Road and the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated south to Broadway, then west and south to Miller Park and the Sacramento Marina. After skating around the Marina, we skated south on Ramp Way (bad pavement) to a boat launch area.

We continued south from the boat launch area onto the Sacramento River Levee. We continued south on the Levee to Sutterville Road. There Laura felt like returning, so we returned the way we came.

After this 10 mile skate, we were back at 3rd and S by 8:30, and it still wasn't dark. Gordon and I had food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's.

Inline skating has added years to my life. Do yourself a favor and join us!

Bernie

July 23, 2012

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3 skate Sacramento streets and the American River Parkway to and from the State Fair at Cal Expo!

Graphic link to larger photo: As we enter Old Sacraemento, Eric fixes his skate on the July 18, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photos in a Flickr album with slideshow capability.

Gus, Steve, and I skated tonight. We decided to skate to and from the State Fair on Sacramento Streets and the American River Parkway. Above, on the left, a Google map by Steve of tonight's skate. Above on the right, larger photos of previous skaters and tonight's skaters in a Flickr Album with slide show capability.

graphic letter We first skated east on S, then north on 20th Street so we could get on the American River Parkway at 20th and C Streets.

We continued skating the American River Parkway until we reached the State Fair at Cal Expo.

From Cal Expo, after a photo or two, Steve leaves to hurry to be home at a reasonable hour. Gus and I skate leisurely back to our 3rd and S starting point, arriving about 10:00 pm. As Steve's map shows, this was a 14 mile skate. After the skate, Gus and I were TIRED, so we both went straight home, except that Gus did give me a liFt to my house first.

Statistics from Steve:

Total distance: 19.12 km (11.9 mi)
Total distance: 22.02 km (13.7 mi)
Total time: 1:56:02
Moving time: 1:46:05
Average speed: 11.39 km/h (7.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 12.46 km/h (7.7 mi/h)
Max speed: 33.30 km/h (20.7 mi/h)
Average pace: 5.27 min/km (8.5 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 4.82 min/km (7.8 min/mi)

Min pace: 1.80 min/km (2.9 min/mi)
Max elevation: 15 m (48 ft)
Min elevation: -34 m (-111 ft)
Elevation gain: 127 m (417 ft)
Max grade: 5%
Min grade: -4%
Recorded: 7/23/2012 7:19 PM
Thanks for another great skate!
Steve


Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

July 16, 2012

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3 skate American River Parkway to State Fair at Cal Expo!

Grpahic link to larger photo of four turtles sunning over the Sacramento River on the July 18, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo: As we enter Old Sacraemento, Eric fixes his skate on the July 18, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo: Gus, Bernie, and Morgan pose at the Main Gate of the State Fair on the July 16, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Photo by a kind bystander.

Gus, Morgan and I skated tonight. We decided to skate to the State Fair on the American River Parkway. Above on the left, from the July 18, 2011 Monday Night Skate, a similar skate: turtles. Above, in the middle, a Google map by Brian of the July 18, 2011 similar skate. Above on the right, tonight's skaters pose at the State Fair.

graphic letter We first skate north on 3rd, then west at R Street to cross Dave's Bridge onto the riverfront promenade. See turtles above on the left. We continued north on the promenade into Old Sacramento, where we skated north on 2nd Street then west over some construction onto the American River Parkway.

We continued skating the American River Parkway until we reached the Discovery Park Bridge. We then skated down the bridge into Discovery Park. WHEEEE!!!!!

From Discovery Park, we continued skating east on the American River Parkway until we reached Cal Expo. After we skated through the parking lot we were at the Main Gate! To avoid possible jailing, we decided not to enter. See photo above on the right.

Morgan called his son, Jacob, who could pick him up at the Main Gate. Gus and I decided to skate back to 3rd and S the way we came. Gus did not want to return any other way; he had left some dog food for some skunks in Discovery Park, and he want to see if it had been eaten. It had been.

graphic letter We were tired when we got back to 3rd and S. This had been a 16 mile skate, and it was after 10:20 pm. We both went straight home.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

July 9, 2012

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Gordon, Gus, Jacob, Morgan, and Bernie skate to Natomas pedestrian bridge and more and back!

Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the December 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate, a similar skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Gordon, Gus, Morgan, and Jacob pausing at Gateway Oaks on the July 9, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Gordon, Jacob, Morgam, and Gus pausing on the Natomas pedestrian overpass on the July 9, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Jacob, Morgan, Gus, and Gordon pausing on Garden Highway on the July 9, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Gordon, Gus, Jacob, Morgan, and I skated this Monday Night Skate. We decided to skate to Natomas and its new pedestrian bridge. Above: A Google Map by Brian of the December 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate, a similar skate, tonight's skaters at Gateway Oaks, tonight's skaters on the Natomas pedestrian overpass, and tonight's skaters on Garden Highway.

graphic letter We skated west on S Street, then north, then west on Dave's Bridge, crossing Front Street, arriving on the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade.

graphic letter We continued skating the Promenade north into Old Sacramento. After skating north on Second Street, we skated west onto the American River Parkway, which required us to cross a block of construction dirt and confusion. On the American River Parkway, we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge, where we turned west to skate down into Discovery Park. WHEEEE!!!!!

From Discovery Park we skated north onto the American River Parkway parallel to Garden Highway, which we skated west to Gateway Oaks Drive. On Gateway Oaks Drive we skated north onto River Plaza Drive, which we skated onto a Natomas Trail, which we skated north across El Camino and onto the new Natomas multi-use trail bridge over I 80.

After skating over I 80, we arrived in the smooth pavement of Peregrine Park. We briefly watched an ongoing basketball game and noticed soccer play on pavement.

graphic letter We enjoyed skating back over the smooth pedestrian I 80 bridge. From the Natomas parkway, we skated south onto Garden Highway to get a closer view of the Sacramento River and its sights.

graphic letter We were now homeward bound. We skated east on Garden Highway, until we could skate south into Discovery Park. Then we skated south up the Discovery Pak Bridge, and south on the American River Parkway into Old Sacramento. Very soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

We arrived back at 3rd and S after this 10 mile skate around 9:30 pm (late). The others went promptly home, Gordon and I went to the Rubicon for food, drink, and conversation.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

July 2, 2012

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2 (Gus and Bernie) skate American River Parkway loop.

Graphic text about and linking to YouTube video of Some highlights from the June 13, 2011 Monday Night Skate, with Howling Wolf's 'Do the Do' as the Background music. Shows skating along the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Graphic text about and linking to YouTube video of Some highlights from the June 13, 2011 Monday Night Skate, with Howling Wolf's 'Do the Do' as the Background music. Shows skating along the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Graphic link to YouTube video of Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Skaters look at the Sacramento River, pose at Sacramento water intake, and pause on the American River Parkway in 3 photo show of the August 29, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Some highlights from the June 13, 2011 Monday Night Skate, with Howling Wolf's 'Do the Do' as the Background music. Shows skating along the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade.

Photo of Gus doing a full-pipe - not just a half-pipe - in Old Sacramento construction on the July 2, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

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

Skaters looking at the Sacramento River, posing at Sacramento water intake, and pausing on the American River Parkway in 3 photo show of the August 29, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Gus and I enjoyed skating tonight. Gus suggested that we skate the American River Parkway - a great idea. For a YouTube video of skaters enjoying the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade in a skate similar to tonight's, click above on the left. For a photo of Gus from tonight's skate, click on the second photo above. For a YouTube video that shows the fun of skating into Discovery Park, click above on photo 3. WHEEEE!!!!! For a 3 photo show from a similar August 29, 2011 skate, c.ick above on the right.

On the American River Parkway we skated to the Sacramento Water Intake Facility. For a 3 photo show that includes the Water Intake Facility, click above on the right. After the Water Intake Facility, we continued on the parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge. At the Discovery Park Bridge, we skated down into Discovery Park and the older and north of the river branch of the American River Parkway. For a YouTube video that shows the fun of skating into Discovery Park, click on photo number 3 above. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We continued skating east on this north branch of the American River Parkway past Northgate and past Del Paso Boulevard, where we decided to exit the American River Parkway to return to downtown, exiting on 16th Street near the Almond Growers Cooperative. We continued south on 16th Street to S Street.

Tonight we enjoyed picking blackberries on the American River Parkway, seeing (carefully) a lot of skunks in Discovery Park, and seeing almond trees as we approached our 16th Street exit.

We arrived at 3rd and S after 9:00 p.m. After this 8 to 10 mile skate, Gus and I both went home.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

June 25, 2012

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Eric, Gordon, Gus, Morgan, and Bernie skate south to Sac City and back!

Skaters skate east on S Street, pause on a Sutterville bridge over Hugh Stadium, and enjoy food, drink, and conversation at Ernesto's in a 3 photo show of the April 16, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a larger photo of Eric, Gordon, Morgan, and Gus skating east on S Street at the beginning of the June 25, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Eric was our new skater tonight. He learned of our group on Meetup. He told me he would send some video clips, but so ar I have not received them. Gordon suggested we should skate through Curtis Park to Sacramento City College. A well accepted suggestion! Above and left: 1. a slide show of us on an April 16, 2012 similar skate, Above and right: 2. Graphic link to a larger photo of Eric, Gordon, Morgan, and Gus skating east on S Street at the beginning of tonight's Monday Night Skate.

First we skated east on S Street. Led by Gordon, we next skated south on 27th Street. At broadway the 5 of us skated west to 26th Street, where we again skated south - through Curtis Park. At Sutterville Road most of us skated west over and down a bridge over the railroad tracks and Hugh Stadium. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We next enjoyed skating around Sacramento City College, including down the parking lot. See YouTube movie below to the right. WHEEEE!!!!!Skating down a parking lot on the October 6, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We next skated around in and near Land Park as we skated to see 3 of Morgan's friends. Then we skated north on 17th Street through the middle school on Vallejo.

graphic letter We continued north on Marty to the Tower Theater marquee. Then, west on Broadway, north on Riverside Boulevard - Eleventh Street, west on S Street. We were back at 3rd and S, our staring point. After this 10 mile skate, it was after 9:00, and we all just went home.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

June 18, 2012

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4 skate to the Pocket Area and back!

Graphic link to Google map by Steve's Android phone of the June 18, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Grphic link to a larger photo of Gordon, Steve, and Bernie in the Rubicon after the June 18, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Photo by a waitress.

Graphic link to Google map by Steve's Android phone of the June 18, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Graphic link to a larger photo of Gordon, Steve, and Bernie in the Rubicon after the June 18, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Photo by a waitress.

graphic letter We had 4 skaters tonight - Gordon, Gus, Steve, and myself. Gordon kindly suggested a Pocket loop, since I am thinking of buying a home by the river. Steve used his phone to map our skate, click above on the left. After the skate a waitress took a photo of us in the Rubicon, click above on the right.

graphic letter We first skated south to Broadway, then west and south to Miller Park and the Sacramento Marina. After skating around the Marina, we skated south on Ramp Street (bad pavement) to a boat launch area.

We continued south from the boat launch area onto the Sacramento River Levee. We continued south on the Levee past Scott's Seafood Restaurant and onto Riverside Boulevard, where we continued south to Piedmont. We next skated west and around on Piedmont, we could see some riverfront homes.

Led by Gordon, we also skated on Seamas and other streets. Then we turned toward home, skating north on Riverside Boulevard, the Sacramento River Levee, and Riverside Boulevard. By 9:00 we were back at 3rd and S.

Gus went home, but after our 10 mile skate we went to the Rubicon for some food, drink, and conversation. To see the photo of us in the Rubicon, click above on the right.

This was a great 8 to 10 mile skate!

Bernie

June 11, 2012

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On June 11, 2012, Gordon led 3 skaters on a great 8 to 10 mile West Sacramento skate!

Skating across Capitol Mall and around in West Sacramento on the June 15, 2009 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a YouTube video of Skating Down a Hill in West Sacramento (to 'Gee' music) on the June 2, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Because of music copyright conflict, other (not 'Gee') music has been selected with YouTube.

Skating across Capitol Mall and around in West Sacramento on the June 15, 2009 Monday Night Skate.

Skating Down a Hill in West Sacramento on the June 2, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 3 skaters tonight - Gordon, Gus, and myself. We decided to skate a West Sacramento loop. No new photos or videos, but the 2 YouTube videos linked to above and the photo below on the right give a good idea of tonight's skate. As you can see from the above right YouTube video, we did enjoy skating down at least one significant hill. WHEEEE!!!!!

Graphic link to larger pghoto of Gordon and Steve pausing on the west side of the Sacramento River on the September 12, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We first skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated north on the Promenade to the Tower Bridge. As seen from the Tower Bridge, the Sacramento River was down to 4 feet in depth tonight. After we skated west over the Tower Bridge, we skated south immediately after after we crossed the Sacramento River on the Tower Bridge into West Sacramento. From the photo on the right you can see the view we had of the Sacramento River and the Sacramento Skyline from West Sacramento tonight.

After we skated south for some of the West Sacramento view of the Sacramento River we skated on many new streets and by Raley Field. Then Gordon suggest we skate north on Lighthouse, which we did.

Led by Gordon, we skated north on 5th Street, which turns into Lighthouse Drive. After we skated north on Lighthouse Drive, we continued north on Fountain Drive into a gated community. From Fountain Drive, we skated even further north and uphill onto River Crest Drive for some very smooth skating south of the Sacramento River that took us to the down hill portion of our skate - See the YouTube video linked to above right at the very top of this report.

After a while we returned from West Sacramento by skating south on Lighthouse Drive and 5th Street and east across the Tower Bridge.

This was a great 8 to 10 mile skate!

After the skate, all 3 of us just went home.

Bernie

June 4, 2012

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4 skate to and from Sac State!

Graphic link to larger photo of Brian, Morgan, Gordon, and Bernie posing at Stockton and T Streets on the March 26, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Time release photo by Brian. Grpahic link to larger photo of Gus atop the Sac State Parking Lot on the June 4, 2012 Monday Night Skate.Gordon, Gus, Morgan, and I showed up to skate the 6/4/2012 Monday Night Skate. As suggested and led by Gordon, we skated to and from Sac State. We started by skating east on S and then T Street. Above and left: Graphic link to larger photo of Brian, Morgan, Gordon, and Bernie posing at Stockton and T Streets on the March 26, 2012 Monday Night Skate, a similar skate. Time release photo by Brian. Above and left: Graphic link to larger photo of Gus atop the Sac State Parking Lot on this June 4, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

This is the best time of year for skating; it doesn't get dsark until after 8:30!

Some of us enjoyed skating down the wonderful Sacramento State College Parking Lot. Especially nice when there are no students! WHEEEE!!!!! Link to similar August 17, 2009 Monday Night Skate YouTube video.

graphic letter We returned mainly on M Street.

graphic letter When we finished our 13 mile skate, Gordon and I enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Chipotle's. What a great physical and social evening!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

May 28, 2012

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Gus and Bernie skate to Natomas pedestrian bridge and more and back!

Graphic link to larger photo of Brian, and Bernie pausing on the new multi-use bridge over I-80 in Natomas on the December 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the December 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Brian looking down at I-80 traffic from the new multi-use bridge in Natomas on the December 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Gus and I skated this Monday Night Skate. We decided to skate to Natomas and its new pedestrian bridge. No new photos; my camera is broken. Above: 2 old photos from similar skates, and an old, but appropriate, map.

graphic letter We skated west on S Street, then north, then west on Dave's Bridge, crossing Front Street, arriving on the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade.

graphic letter We continued skating the Promenade north into Old Sacramento. After skating north on Second Street, we skated west onto the American River Parkway, which required us to cross a block of construction dirt and confusion. On the American River Parkway, we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge, where we turned west to skate down into Discovery Park. WHEEEE!!!!!

From Discovery Park we skated north onto the American River Parkway parallel to Garden Highway, which we skated west to Gateway Oaks Drive. On Gateway Oaks Drive we skated north onto River Plaza Drive, which we skated onto a Natomas Trail, which we skated north across El Camino and onto the new Natomas multi-use trail bridge over I 80.

After skating over I 80, we arrived in the smooth pavement of Peregrine Park. We next skated on the trail to Peregrine Park north and west to over San Juan Road. After crossing San Juan Road we continued north by San Juan Reservoir Park. When the pavement turned to gravel, we returned south back to Peregrine Park. Then we headed home.

graphic letter We enjoyed skating back over the smooth pedestrian I 80 bridge. After we crossed West El Camino Ave, we skated east on a trail Gus selected. This trail had blackberries (not yet ripe) and it led us to Gateway Oaks Drive, which we skated south across Garden Highway.

graphic letter We were now homeward bound. We skated east on Garden Highway, until we could skate south into Discovery Park. Then we skated south up the Discovery Pak Bridge, and south on the American River Parkway into Old Sacramento. Very soon we were back at our 3rd and S starting point.

We arrived back at 3rd and S after this 10 mile skate around 10:00 pm (late), and Gus and I went straight home.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

May 21, 2012

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Monday Night Skate skates south beside the Sacramento River!

Graphic link to larger photo of Gordon and Morgan skating south beside the Sacramento River on the April 30, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Gordon and I showed up for the Monday Night Skate on May 21. Gordon suggested that we skate south by the Sacramento River. Gordon led us. To see a photo from a previous similar skate, click on the left.

graphic letter We first skated west and north over Dave's Bridge.

Next we skated south on the promenade and multi-use trail to Broadway, where we skated west and south to to the Sacramento Marina across from Miller Park. Then we turned east to Ramp Street, which we skated south to the boat launch ramp. Ramp Street is rough and needs repaving! Then we skated south on the Sacramento River Levee to Sutterville Road.

At Sutterville Road we regrouped (I was skating slow and behind.). At this point, we skated east on Sutterville Road onto Riverside Boulevard, where we skated north to Land Park.

graphic letter We next enjoyed skating through Lank Park onto 17th Street, where we skated north to California Crocker Middle School. From the Middle School we skated north on Marty to the Tower Theater marquee.

Next we skated west on Broadway, north on 11th Street, and west on S Street back to our 3rd and S starting point.

After the skate, both of us enjoyed food, beverages, and conversation at Vallejo's. What a great 8 mile skate!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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May 14, 2012

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One skates trails and roads on the west side of the Sacramento River and to Occupy Sacramento!

Graphic link to larger pghoto of Gordon and Steve pausing on the west side of the Sacramento River on the September 12, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

We had 1 skater tonight, myself. I arrived at 6:59 and I left at 7:16. No one else showed. No new movies or photos. I decided to skate to West Sacramento to skate its new river front trails and roads. I skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then I skated north on the Promenade to the Tower Bridge. After I skated west over the Tower Bridge, I skated south immediately after after I crossed the Sacramento River on the Tower Bridge. To see a photo of Gordon and Steve and the view on this new trail, click above on the right.

I skated a variety of trails and roads in West Sacramento (most of them near the Sacramento River) - both south and north of Capitol Avenue. I also skated around Raley Field. Then I skated back over the Tower Bridge into Sacramento.

I next skated to 8th and I to talk with Occupy Sacramento protestors in front of City Hall. I then skated home.

I estimate that I skated about 6 to 8 miles.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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May 7, 2012

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I Don't Yet Know What Happened On The May 6, 2012 Monday Night Skate!

Graphic link to larger photo of Gordon and Morgan skating south beside the Sacramento River on the April 30, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

No new photos or movies. I was on a cruise in Alaska. I don't know yet who showed up and skated.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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April 30, 2012

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Monday Night Skate skates south beside the Sacramento River!

Graphic link to larger photo of Gordon and Morgan skating south beside the Sacramento River on the April 30, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Gordon, Morgan, and I showed up for the Monday Night Skate on 04/30. Morgan suggested that we skate south so that we would return with the wind. We decided to skate south beside the Sacramento River. We agreed, and Gordon led us. To see my photo from tonight's skate, click on the right.

graphic letter We first skated west and north over Dave's Bridge.

Next we skated south on the promenade and multi-use trail to Broadway, where we skated west and south to to the Sacramento Marina across from Miller Park. Here we saw a BIG cat chasing and probably catching a skunk. Then we turned east to Ramp Street, which we skated south to the boat launch ramp. Then we skated south on the Sacramento River Levee to Sutterville Road.

At Sutterville Road we regrouped (I was skating slow and behind.). From Sutterville Road we continued south on the parkway beside the Sacramento River. We then rested in front of the seafood restaurant (Scott's?) by the river.

graphic letter We next skated north on the multi-use trail (the same way we came) back to our 3rd and S starting point.

After the skate, all 3 of us enjoyed food, beverages, and conversation at Vallejo's. What a great 8 mile skate!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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April 23, 2012

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Morgan and Bernie skate American River Parkway and Downtown loop!

Skaters skate east on S Street, pause on a Sutterville bridge over Hugh Stadium, and enjoy food, drink, and conversation at Ernesto's in a 3 photo show of the April 16, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of site of Sacramento infill construction - possible new arena, etc. - as seen from the I Street Bridge ramp  on the April 23, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

One new photo - on the right. No new movies or maps. Morgan and I showed up and skated an American River Parkway and Downtown loop Above and left: 1. a slide show of us on the April 16, 2012 skate, Above and right: 2 . Site of Sacramento infill construction - possible new arena, etc. - as seen from the I Street Bridge ramp on the April 23, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

First we skated north into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated up the ramp toward the I Street Bridge, to avoid trail construction. Here we took a photo of the site of Sacramento infill construction - possible new arena, etc. Then we skated down the ramp north parallel to Jibbon Street onto the American River Parkway. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We next enjoyed skating the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge.

graphic letter We next skated down the Discovery Park Bridge into Discovery Park. WHEEEE!!!!!

Next Morgan and I skated the American River Parkway east to the 22nd Street Exit, where we exited.

graphic letter We next enjoyed skating through downtown Sacramento, mainly skating south on 20th Street.

At 9th and P, Morgan got his bicycle. We then went to Chipotle's for some needed nutrition. This 8 mile skate was great exercise and companionship for me.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

April 16, 2012

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Bill, Gordon, Morgan, Steve, and Bernie skate south to Sac City and back!

Skaters skate east on S Street, pause on a Sutterville bridge over Hugh Stadium, and enjoy food, drink, and conversation at Ernesto's in a 3 photo show of the April 16, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to partially documented Google map by Steve of the April 16, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Bill from the New York Branch o the National Skate Patrol, Gordon, Morgan, Steve and I showed up to skate the April 16 Monday Night Skate. Gordon helped us decide to skate south through Curtis Park. We wanted to give Bill a nice skate. Above and left: 1. a slide show of us on tonight's skate, Above and right: 2 . a partially documented Google Map by Steve of tonight's skate.

First we skated east on S Street. Led by Gordon, we next skated south on 24th Street. As we approached Broadway, Morgan left us; he had lost his cell phone. At broadway the 4 of us who were left skated east to 26th Street, where we again skated south - through Curtis Park. At Sutterville Road we skated west over and down a bridge over the railroad tracks and Hugh Stadium. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We next enjoyed skating around Sacramento City College.

graphic letter We next skated around in Land Park before we skated west on Sutterville Road to the Sacramento River Levee, where we skated north - homeward bound.

graphic letter We continued north on Ramp Street, then we skated east and north onto Broadway. On Broadway we skated east to the trail near the Sacramento River and Front Street. On this trail we skated north, with a nice view of both the Sacramento River and the Sacramento City skyline.

The next thing we do is skate east over Highway I5 on Dave's Bridge and we are back at 3rd and S. It was 5 to 10. Vallejo's was closed to us, so we met at Ernesto's after our skate.

Statistics from Steve:

Total distance: 19.12 km (11.9 mi)
Total distance: 16.76 km (10.4 mi)
Total time: 1:36:42
Moving time: 1:11:15
Average speed: 10.40 km/h (6.5 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 14.11 km/h (8.8 mi/h)
Max speed: 31.55 km/h (19.6 mi/h)
Average pace: 5.77 min/km (9.3 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 4.25 min/km (6.8 min/mi)

Min pace: 1.90 min/km (3.1 min/mi)
Max elevation: 31 m (102 ft)
Min elevation: -31 m (-103 ft)
Elevation gain: 285 m (936 ft)
Max grade: 7 %
Min grade: -9 %
Recorded: 4/16/2012 7:14 PM
Activity type: inline skating


Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

April 9, 2012

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Gordon, Morgan, Steve, and Bernie skate Natomas pedestrian bridge and back!

Graphic link to larger photo of Morgan, Gordon, and Steve marveling at the Sacrmento River on the April 9, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to partially documented Google map by Steve of the April 9, 2012 Monday Night Skate Graphic link to larger photo of Bernie, Gordon, Steve, and Morgan posing at Ernesto's after the April 9, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Photo by a Sacramento Police Oficer.

Gordon, Morgan, Steve and I showed up to skate the April 9 Monday Night Skate. We decided to skate to Natomas and its new pedestrian bridge. Above: 1. a photo of us on the Sacramento River, 2 . a partially documented Google Map by Steve of tonight's skate, 3. a photo of tonight's skaters.

graphic letter We skated west on S Street, then north, then west on Dave's Bridge, crossing Front Street, arriving on the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. We paused on the Promenade to take a photo. For new photos of tonight's skaters, click above on the left and the right.

graphic letter We continued skating the Promenade north into Old Sacramento. After skating north on Second Street, we skated west onto the American River Parkway, which required us to cross a block of construction dirt and confusion. On the American River Parkway, we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge, where we turned west to skate down into Discovery Park. WHEEEE!!!!!

From Discovery Park we skated north onto the American River Parkway parallel to Garden Highway, which we skated west to Gateway Oaks Drive. On Gateway Oaks Drive we skated north onto River Plaza Drive, which we skated onto a Natomas Trail, which we skated north across El Camino and onto the new Natomas multi-use trail bridge over I80.

graphic letter We returned almost the way we came, but we did skate around the Old Sacramento construction dirt and confusion.

We arrived back at 3rd and S after this 12 mile skate around 9;15 pm (late). After the skate we all enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Ernesto's. See photo above on the right.

Statistics from Steve:

Total distance: 19.12 km (11.9 mi)
Total time: 1:51:48
Moving time: 1:16:21
Average speed: 10.26 km/h (6.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 15.02 km/h (9.3 mi/h)
Max speed: 27.96 km/h (17.4 mi/h)
Average pace: 5.85 min/km (9.4 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 3.99 min/km (6.4 min/mi)

Min pace: 2.15 min/km (3.5 min/mi)
Max elevation: 4 m (13 ft)
Min elevation: -33 m (-107 ft)
Elevation gain: 333 m (1093 ft)
Max grade: 7 %   Min grade: -14 %
Recorded: 4/9/2012 7:21 PM
I started recording late, so add 0.6 miles to
make the total about 12.5 miles.


Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

April 2, 2012

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Monday Night Skate loops south beside the Sacramento River!

Graphic link to larger photo of Gordon and Bernie posing at Sutterville and Land Park on the April 2, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Time release photo by Just Learning.

Gordon and I showed up for the Monday Night Skate on 04/02. Gordon suggested that we skate south beside the Sacramento River. We agreed, and Gordon led us. My photos from tonight did not come out well. To see the photo from tonight's skate, click on the left.

graphic letter We first skated west and north over Dave's Bridge.

Next we skated south on the promenade and multi-use trail to Broadway, where we skated west and south to to the Sacramento Marina across from Miller Park. Then we turned east to Ramp Street, which we skated south to the boat launch ramp. Then we skated south on the Sacramento River Levee to Sutterville Road.

At Sutterville Road we regrouped (I was skating slow and behind.). Next we skated east on Sutterville Road to the Sacramento Zoo. We decided not to release any animals, then we skated east through Land Park. To see the photo from near the zoo, click above on the left.

graphic letter We next skated north from Land Park on 18th Street, 17th Street, and Lank Park. After enjoying the Tower Theater marquee, we skated west on Broadway, north on 11th Street, and West on S Street back to our 3rd and S starting point.

After the skate, Gordon and I enjoyed food, beverages, and conversation at Vallejo's. What a great 8 mile skate!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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March 26, 2012

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4 skate to and from Sac State!

Graphic link to larger photo of Brian, Morgan, Gordon, and Bernie posing at Stockton and T Streets on the March 26, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Time release photo by Brian.

Brian, Gordon, Morgan, and I showed up to skate the 3/26/2012 Monday Night Skate. As suggested and led by Gordon, we skated to and from Sac State. We started by skating east on S and then T Street. Above and right: Graphic link to larger photo of Brian, Morgan, Gordon, and Bernie posing at Stockton and T Streets on the March 26, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Time release photo by Brian.

graphic letter We returned mainly on M Street.

graphic letter When we finished our 13 mile skate, 3 of us enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Chipotle's. What a great physical and social evening!

We may later receive a more detailed report on this skate from Brian. If I get such a report, I will post it.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

March 19, 2012

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Duo Skates to RAPS Skyway

Graphic link to Google map of “RAPS Skyway Redux” skate – this matches our 3/19 skate pretty closely.

Morgan and I showed up to skate the 3/19/12 Monday Night Skate and chose to revisit the Gateway Oaks area and the Raptor Appellation Parks Skyway (RAPS). The route we took was similar to the skate from 1/9/12 (I’ll just recycle parts of that recap): Above and left: Graphic link to Google map of “RAPS Skyway Redux” skate – this matches our 3/19 skate pretty closely.

West on S St to the northern bend of the street to its mid-block connection with “Dave’s Bridge” we traversed the I-5 canyon; skated north on the Promenade atop the Sacramento River Levee; crossed Capitol Mall to Old Sac with a traverse on 2nd St. to the backside of the Rail Museum where we were stopped in our wheeled tracks by a major construction/destruction of the access to the recreation trial via the railroad spur. So we back-tracked around the Railroad Museum and skated a rather circuitous route on I St to Firehouse Alley to J St and J to the recreation trail access point behind the railroad excursion office. This proved to be a bone-rattling, wheel-jarring route strewn with cobblestone surfaces, wet sand, cracked and heaved asphalt, sticks, stones and haphazardly patched concrete. Just to reach our normal access point at the O Street Bridge crossing of the Sacramento River was an endeavor.

graphic letter We continued on the recreation trail to Jibboom Street with a quick crossing of the American River at Discovery Park; crossed through Disco Park to the Garden Highway entrance turned west and took the recreation trail paralleling Garden Hwy. At the intersection of Gateway Oaks Drive and Garden Hwy we turned north to cross over the highway; skated down the slight incline then turned west on River Plaza Dr.

graphic letter We connected with the north area recreation trail at the west end of River Park; took the trail north and eventually crossed W. El Camino Blvd; reconnected with the rec trail and continued toward our planned destination of pedestrian over crossing of I-80 – RAPS.

The Skyway was dark and unlighted – fairly unusual – but we had our headlamps and we skated on; crossing the concrete span; rolling swiftly over the pedestrian bridge past the approach ramp turning west on the pathway and skated into Peregrine Park where we took a quick break and grabbed a drink at the water fountain.

We reversed our out-going route to finished the skate back mid-block 3rd and 4th St on S St. Total distance: 12.3 miles.

Weather conditions: clear skies, cool temps and a light breeze – perfect.

Morgan and I called it a night and just packed our gear and headed home. Morgan had heard enough of my ramblings as we skated and couldn’t stand anymore! Well, those after-skate conversations on ways of saving the state, the USA and the world will just have to wait until a full crew is assembled with Bernie, Steve, Gordon!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

March 12, 2012

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Trio Skates to CSUS

Graphic link to Steve and Brian posing at Stockton and T Streets on the March 12, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie, Steve and I showed up to skate on 3/12 and what a great night for skating! The weather conditions were perfect as the predicted rain storms had not yet reached Sacramento; the quiet before the storm was ours to take and enjoy. Above and right: 1 new photo: Steve and Brian posing at Stockton and T Streets on the March 12, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

An old stalwart of a skate was chosen: CSUS by way of T Street. So to get this party rolling we skated east on S St; crossing through the familiar sights along the way; Old Ironsides, Ernesto’s, the defunct Hanger 17, etc. We passed by the Sac Food Co-Op and at 29th St we skated south to T St.

Turning east on T we skated under the Cap-City Freeway (Elvas Freeway to some), crossed Stockton Blvd and pulled up for a quick regroup at the Starbucks on the corner. We continued on T St – through the Sunset Park and Sierra Vista neighborhoods - great asphalt on the section from Stockton to 59th St At 59th we skated north to Folsom Blvd; stopped just long enough at the Corti Bros’ parking lot to wait for a break in traffic to continue north to M St. East on M got us to 62nd St with a quick turn onto Elvas Blvd.

East on Elvas to the CSUS entrance we skated through the ped path undercrossing of the railroad tracks on the levee bounding the west side of the campus. We angled north-west on the ped path parallel to State University Dr W. and made quick time to the parking garage at the corner of Sinclair Rd and State University Dr W.

We cooled our wheels for a few moments at the elevators of the parking garage then continued north through the campus to Moraga Way connecting with State University Dr N with an eventual connection to State University Drive and J St. A quick trip along J brought us to our connection point with 58th St.

Our return loop was per standard protocol – 58th to M, M to 35th, 35th to L St, L to Alhambra, Alhambra to Capitol Ave, Cap Avenue to 15th, 15th to N St. We were just workin’ the numbers and letters to get to mid-block 7th and 8th on N to take the subterranean pathway between state buildings and come out at the corner of O and 7th.

We continued our meandering path through the Cap Towers apartment complex and various streets to return on the north side of the CalPERS admin building on Q St. We cut through the breezeway between CalPERS and the Lincoln Plaza building to R St and our eventual completion of the loop at 3rd and S.

Steve checked to distance using an app on his phone and the 12.9 miles displayed correlates with our previously mapped distance of 13 miles.

Steve called it a night, Bernie and I went over to Willie’s at 16th and Broadway. Hey! A great skate requires great food to end it…

Keep Skatin’

Brian

March 5, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Six Skaters Scope the Capitol Scene and Scoot to West Sac

Link to GOOGLE map by Steve of the March 05, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to Sacramento Bee Editorial: Students draw the line: No more cuts to higher ed. Graphic link to 11 second YouTube video of Skaters enjoying smooth pavement in West Sacramento on the March 5, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to web page with larger photo of Brian, Guy, Steve, Morgan, and Dayle posing in West Sacramento on the March 5, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Morgan, Guy. Dayle, Steve, Bernie and I showed up to skate and we decided to skate over to the capitol and check out the Occupy scene then just ad-lib the rest of the skate. Above are links to a GOOGLE map of tonight's skate by Steve, the State Capitol and protest scene and a related editorial in the Sacramento Bee, a YouTube video from tonight's skate, and a photograph of tonight's skaters. Below is Brian's narrative report of the skate he led tonight.

Similar to last week’s skate we went north to R St and skated east. We rumbled through the rough patches of R St until we reached the “artisan alley” – the renovated R St corridor between 9th and 13th Streets. The smooth concrete ends at 13th and the two blocks to 15th St are cratered and pot-holed - keep the weight off the front wheels and everything should be okay…

At 15th St we skated north to N St, turned west and skated the perimeter of Capitol Park back to the large gathering at 12th St. City Police and CHP on foot, horse-back and vehicle-base were standing at the ready with full riot gear as a vocal protest crowd held their ground inside the capitol park walkway. Chants of displeasure with the funding for schools and education were loud and persistent. Above link number 2. Bernie skated up the edge of the battlement line and discussed some ideas with some of the young protesters along the edge. We checked out the situation for about 15 minutes then decided to skate back west on N St to 15th and loop back around the capitol park area along L St; continue west to the Tower Bridge and cross over into West Sac so we could skate the beautiful new roads feeding into Raley Field and loop to the promenade lining the west bank of the Sacramento River.

Our skate along L was somewhat uneventful other than Steve battling a Light Rail train – we all found out the LR train horns are loud. Huh, what did you say? L St to 3rd St and 3rd to Capitol Mall with a crossing on the Tower Bridge; the widened sidewalks on the bridge really improve the skating room and the surfaces are great.

On the west side of the Sacramento River we skated the incline of Tower Bridge Gateway to 3rd St (West Sacramento 3rd St.); turned south on 3rd and skated past the beautiful Raley Field. How did West Sac get their ballpark? City bonds? Raley Corporation funding? Private funds from the Money Store? Somehow they have done for their River Cats what Sacramento is struggling to do for the Kings. Anyway - the method of funding is unknown but the results were right before our eyes and under our wheels – the smooth, smooth concrete of the ballpark complex streets. May we always skate on such wonderful surfaces! Above link number 3. We stopped for a photo or two mid-block on 3rd (Above link number 4.), then continued to the dead-end and a connection to the river bank promenade.

The promenade – West Sac calls it the River Park Walk or some sort of fabrication - we know it is really the West Sac Skateway.

We crossed back over the Sacramento River; turned south on the Sacramento Promenade; skated down to the I-5 pedestrian overcrossing (Dave’s Bridge); skated to the Sacramento 3rd St with an eventual completion on S St mid-block 3rd and 4th.

Dayle, Bernie, Steve and I went to Vallejo’s for après-skate food and bevs; Morgan continued his skate back to his office and his final bicycle journey home (the guy is shaming the rest of us who drive to work); Guy called it a night – he had some bidness’ to attend to.

On this fine night for skating the Occupiers were occupying, we were gawking. Our final loop out to West Sac worked great and if Steve’s new photo app delivers a good account on the mileage Bernie will add that into the report. So until next week…

Statistics: Above link number 1. Total distance: 10.94 km (6.8 mi) Total time: 1:12:56 Moving time: 50:15 Average speed: 9.00 km/h (5.6 mi/h) Average moving speed: 13.07 km/h (8.1 mi/h) Max speed: 22.50 km/h (14.0 mi/h) Min elevation: -34 m (-110 ft) Max elevation: 48 m (159 ft) Elevation gain: 411 m (1347 ft) Max grade: 10 % Min grade: -24 % Recorded: 3/5/2012 7:18 PM Activity type: inline skating I probably put in a bit more mileage than the group when I double back, but it's probably not that much different. Thanks for yet another great skate! Steve

Keep Skatin’

Brian

February 27, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Gang of Five Loops McKinley Park

Graphic link to Brian, Gordon. Steve, and Bernie enjoying the Rubicon after the February 27, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

Gordon, Morgan, Steve, Bernie and I showed up to skate and a simple loop out to McKinley Park with a return by way of 39th St and M St was chosen. Above and left: 1 new Meetup photo: Brian, Gordon. Steve, and Bernie enjoying the Rubicon after the February 27, 2012 Monday Night Skate.

To get this party rolling we went north to R St and skated east. Rolling over the bad, weathered and sun-checked asphalt from 4th St to 9th our skates and bodies suffered injustices too horrible to describe but with this pain and agony came the supreme pleasure of skating on the liquid smooth, glassine concrete surfaces of the newly renovated R St corridor between 9th and 15th Streets. The artisan/craft guild section is enjoying a revival – the sidewalks have any number of art-in-public places type benches and bike racks, etc. A leisurely stroll along the street would probably be a nice thing. But we just rolled on through with our bad selves – watch out for the ne’er-do-well skater gang…

I believe we traveled north on 15th St (but I wasn’t paying attention and this part is pure wild-donkey fabrication - the secretary has already disavowed any knowledge of our actions) to somewhere near Capitol Park. Oh yeah, it all is coming back to me now – we stopped at the Korean BBQ at the corner of L and 15th. The menu looked great!

Continuing north on 15th we turned east on K St Surprisingly, K St was fairly free of automobile traffic and this allowed us to skate with some ease without worry about being used for traction… We passed through the heart of the mid-town scene on K to Alhambra and took a quick stop to regroup.

Turning north on Alhambra we skated to McKinley Park; passed along its western border to McKinley Boulevard whereupon we traveled east to the nexus of McKinley, D St and 39th St where we angled onto 39th and traveled south.

39th took us past Mercy Hospital and through the beautiful neighborhood between J St and M St; large lots, signature architecture rule in this area and just imagine they allow us - a quintet of the unwashed masses - to invade the tranquility of their domain! We sullied the sanctity of their hallowed street with our cold, brutish urethane wheels and turned west at the corner of 39th and M.

M St took us to 35th St with a turn one block north to continue westward on L St; at Alhambra we turned south and two blocks along we took Capitol Ave west. At the corner of Capitol and 30th we passed through the remnants of a two vehicle collision. Sacramento’s finest were taking names and keeping traffic flowing around the disabled vehicles in the intersection. We skated on without gawking…

Some thirteen blocks west on Capitol we had another gawking opportunity – man, two in one night – the blocks between 19th and 17th were closed by fire engines and police cars. We missed the main show but a slight hint of smoke was in the air so a small fire must have been the object of attention. Once again, we just rolled on through…

The rest of the skate was fairly normal – L St to 15th; 15th to mid-block with a cut through Capitol Park to the hind side of the Capitol Building where we turned south and reemerged on N St where we rocketed west to 7th St and continued to meander south to return to our start at 4th and S St.

Morgan, who had broken off the group earlier at 7th St, was already on his way home via human-powered bicycle transportation (the guy is an animal – 13 mile ride to get home). The rest of us decided to regroup at Rubicon at 20th and Capitol – after all it was Beer Week! Check out the Rubicon info here: Rubicon info.

Here are the numbers: 5 skaters, 8 miles of skating, 0 injuries, great food and drinks afterward, and ample political discussions and ramblings. To paraphrase Willie Nelson: we were cold, wet or hungry – call it good times!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

February 20, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Being the only one who showed; I only skated to and from my home!

I arrived at 7:07 (late); I was having trouble with my skates. No one else was there, just like last week - except Brian called that he was having car trouble. I waited until 7:20. No one else showed up, so I skated home.

On my way home I had an unusual and bad fall. On my right skate, the back frame bolt came loose. When I pushed on my right skate, especially the heel as part of my stride, there was no back wheel (The frame came loose.). I fell backwards HARD. Thank the Lord for helmets! Rolleblades are now made in China. I think they save money by not putting the bolts in all the way.

I expect more skaters and better results next Monday!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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February 13, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Being the only one who showed; I only skated to and from my home!

I arrived at 7:11 (late); I was having trouble keeping my left skate closed. No one else was there. I waited until 7:20. No one else showed up, so I skated home.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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February 6, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Elmira, Morgan, Steve, and Bernie skate Natomas pedestrian bridge and back!

Graphic link to larger photo of Brian, and Bernie pausing on the new multi-use bridge over I-80 in Natomas on the December 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the December 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Brian looking down at I-80 traffic from the new multi-use bridge in Natomas on the December 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Elmira, Morgan, Steve and I showed up to skate the February 6 Monday Night Skate. We decided to skate to Natomas and its new pedestrian bridge. Above: 1 old photo, an old, but appropriate, map, and 1 new photo . For a photo of Brian and Bernie the first time this bridge was skated, click above on the left. For a map of a skate like this, click above in the center. For a new photo of tonight's skaters, click above on the right.

graphic letter We skated west on S Street, then north, then west on Dave's Bridge, crossing Front Street, arriving on the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. We paused on the Promenade to take a photo. For a new photo of tonight's skaters, click above on the right.

graphic letter We continued skating the Promenade north into Old Sacramento. After skating north on Second Street, we skated west onto the American River Parkway, which required us to cross a block of construction dirt and confusion. On the American River Parkway, we skated north to the Discovery Park Bridge, where we turned west to skate down into Discovery Park. WHEEEE!!!!!

From Discovery Park we skated north onto the American River Parkway parallel to Garden Highway, which we skated west to Gateway Oaks Drive. On Gateway Oaks Drive we skated north onto River Plaza Drive, which we skated onto a Natomas Trail, which we skated north across El Camino and onto the new Natomas multi-use trail bridge over I80.

graphic letter While we were enjoying and traversing this smooth bridge, Steve did an amazing rescue. Elmira got to skating too fast and out of control coming down hill. Steve skated in front of her and then slowly stopped with his heel brake, so she could stop behind him - preventing a dangerous fall.

graphic letter We returned almost the way we came, but we did skate back on the I Street Bridge and through the Amway Train Station, to avoid the Old Sacramento construction dirt and confusion.

We arrived back at 3rd and S after this 10 mile skate around 10;00 pm (late), and everyone went straight home.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

January 30, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Monday Night Skate loops south beside the Sacramento River!

Graphic link to larger photo of Amman & Bernie posing at Sister Cities Sign (near City Hall) on the January 16, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Steve.

Dale, Gordon, Morgan, and I showed up for the Monday Night Skate on 01/30. Gordon suggested that we skate by the Crocker Art Museum and then skate south beside the Sacramento River. We agreed, and Gordon led us. My photos from tonight did not come out. To see a photo from the January 16, 2012 skate, click on the right.

graphic letter We skated north to O Street, and west past the Crocker Art Museum to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. After pausing, we skated south on the Promenade and Front Street to Broadway.

Next we skated west almost to Miller Park, then we turned east to Ramp Street, which we skated south to the boat launch ramp. Then we skated south on the Sacramento River Levee to Sutterville Road.

At Sutterville Road we regrouped (I was skating slow and behind.). Next we skated east on Sutterville Road to the Sacramento Zoo. We decided not to release any animals, then we skated east through Land Park.

graphic letter We next skated north from Land Park on 18th Street, 17th Street, and Lank Park. After enjoying the Tower Theater marquee, we skated west on Broadway, north on 11th Street, and West on S Street back to our 3rd and S starting point.

After the skate, Gordon and I enjoyed food, beverages, and conversation at Vallejo's. What a great 8 mile skate!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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January 23, 2012

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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 on an intermittent basis in the morning. At 6:30 pm the downtown pavement was 70% wet. I decided not to skate with such slippery and cold condtions. I called Brian, who agreed with me on the wetness. I don't think any other skaters showed up.

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

Bernie

January 16, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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Monday Night Skate skates Occupy Sacramento, American River Parkway loop!

Graphic link to larger photo of Amman & Bernie posing at Sister Cities Sign (near City Hall) on the January 16, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Steve.

Amman, Steve, and I showed up for the Monday Night Skate on 01/16. We decided to first visit Occupy Sacramento. To see a photo from tonight's skate, click on the left.

graphic letter We skated north and east to 8th and I, where we visited Occupy Sacramento at Cesar Chavez Park and City Hall.To see the photo from tonight's skate, click above on the left.

Next we skated east and north to get on the American River Parkway at 20th and C. On the Parkway we skated north and west to the 12th Street Bridge. We skated south over the 12th Street Bridge to get on the newer branch of the American River Parkway, the one on the south side of the American River. About a quarter mile of this trail is still gravel; hard to skate! Following this branch of the Parkway, we were homeward bound - returning to Old Sacramento and then to 3rds and S.

After the skate, Steve had to leave. Amman and I went to Willie's to enjoy some tasty food, drink, and converstation. What a great 8 to 10 mile skate!

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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January 9, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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RAPS Redux

Graphic link to larger photo of Brian & Bernie posing at Raley Field on the January 2, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Time delay photo by Brian. Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the January 9, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to 3 photo zoom-in show of skaters Steve, Brian, and Bernie, who have skated over the new multi-use trail in Natomas on the January 9, 2012 Monday Night Skate.
 Time release photos by Brian.

Bernie, Steve and I showed up to skate the 1/09/12 Monday Night Skate and chose to revisit the Gateway Oaks area and the Raptor Appellation Parks Skyway (RAPS). The route taken was a familiar one for going north to the Gateway Oaks: 1 new photo show with 3 photos and a new map: For a photo from the January 2, Monday Night Skate, click above on the left. For a new documented Google map of tonight's skate, click above in the center. For a 3 photo show of Steve, Brian, and Bernie posing after crossing the Natomas Bridge over I80 on the January 9, 2012 Monday Nighr Skate, click above on the right.

graphic letter West on S St to the northern bend of the street to its mid-block connection with “Dave’s Bridge” we traversed the I-5 canyon; skated north on the Promenade atop the Sacramento River Levee; crossed Capitol Mall to Old Sac with a traverse on 2nd St. to the backside of the Rail Museum to the recreation trail access point at the O Street Bridge crossing of the Sacramento River.

graphic letter We continued on the recreation trail to Jibboom Street and a quick crossing of the American River at Discovery Park. Similar to the 12/05/2011 MNS we crossed through Disco Park to the Garden Highway entrance turned west and took the recreation trail paralleling Garden Hwy. At the intersection of Gateway Oaks Drive and Garden Hwy we turned north; crossed the highway then turned west on River Plaza Dr.

graphic letter We connected with the north area recreation trail at the west end of River Park; took the trail north and eventually crossed W. El Camino Blvd; reconnected with the rec trail and continued toward our planned destination of pedestrian over crossing of I-80 – RAPS.

graphic letter We skated the smooth concrete of the ped structure – Steve took advantage of the inclines to work on some parallel turn techniques. Hey – no snow in the mountains – gotta practice the turns where you can!

graphic letter We skated through the residential area and looped back to Peregrine Park where we took a quick break and grabbed a photo or two.

graphic letter We reversed our out-going route to finished the skate back mid-block 3rd and 4th St on S St. Total distance: 12.3 miles Weather conditions: clear skies, cool temps and a light breeze – perfect

Steve called it a night. Bernie and I packed our gear and bods into my car and swung over to Willies at 16th and Broadway for some chili dogs and fries. Hey good eats to go with the great skate!

Keep Skatin’

Brian

January 2, 2012

Johnny Be Good
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West Sac Wheel-about

Graphic link to Ice skating at 7th and K  on the December 26, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the January 2, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Brian & Bernie posing at Raley Field on the January 2, 2012 Monday Night Skate. Time delay photo by Brian.

Bernie and I showed up for the Jan 2, 2012 Monday Night Skate – the first skate of 2012. With the Mayan Doomsday predictions we are going to just roll off into the sunset! Well until the end day come let’s keep the wheels on the asphalt and have fun. 1 new photos and a new map: For a photo of December 26, 2011 ice skating, click above on the left. For a new documented Google map of tonight's skate, click above in the center. For a photo of Brian posing at the 7th and K ice skating rink, click above on the right.

graphic letter We decided to take a loop through Downtown past the Ice Rink at St. Rose of Lima Plaza and swing down K Street, then loop over to the Occupy site at City Hall.

To accomplish this plan we took off east on S St, turned north on 4th; cut through the CalPERS breezeway to Q St; continued east to 7th St. We took a quick stop at the Downtown Ice Rink to check out the scene and then swung through the Merchant St Alley to 8th St; turned south to K Street and took our four block roll along the section open to vehicle traffic.

graphic letter We turned north on 12th St and zigzagged to I St. Westward on I St to City Hall, where we paused and Bernie went up the steps to converse the a couple of activists. After this short stop we continued along I St. past the Library, Sac County Jail, and Matsui Building and through the Amtrak Station parking lot. We skated the labyrinthine sidewalk ramp under the freeway to 2nd St in Old Sac.

2nd St brought us to Neeshan where we turned west to the access point of the Tower Bridge. The Tower Bridge has a wonder sidewalk on either side and we took full advantage of the smooth concrete surface to travel into West Sac. We skated the great sidewalk of the realigned West Cap Blvd and crossed over to the Raley Field entrance at 5th St. We looped around the wonderful Raley Field and paused for a quick photo op under the “Raley Field” marquee.

East on Ballpark Dr to turn south on 3rd St and we found another West Sac gem – 3rd St has been repaved with concrete and brick pavers at crosswalks to create a wonderfully smooth pathway for vehicles (and skates)! At the south end of the street at its connection to Rice Mill Road we turned east onto the recreation pathway that runs parallel to the river. This is the third gem we discovered on this skate.

graphic letter We crossed back over the Sacramento River on the southern side of the Tower Bridge; turned south on the Sacramento River Promenade; skated to “Dave’s Bridge” crossed over I-5 connected with 2nd St, rolled to S St and finished back mid-block 3rd and 4th.

Bernie and I packed our gear and bodies into my car and headed over to Willie’s at Broadway and 16th. We enjoyed the easy-going comfort food while discussing politics, world affairs and economics – man, and we’re still friends. Amazing! Let’s do the numbers: 5.4 miles, great weather, great exercise, great food and friendship.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

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