April 06, 2008

Orange County Wheelmen Add Training Page to Website

The Orange County Wheelmen Cycling Club, hosts several of the best Cycling Events in Ca., every year, and have a very fine website.

Now it has added a new section to its site, a Training Page.

Front and center is an infromative article of interest to any member planning to do their very first Century ride.

There is a page of dates, times, locations, and miles of Training Rides, currently those for April, in preparation for the upcoming CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA 150 (100 mi. option, too!) - May 3 and 4.

There is another section of the website that has links to a series of training related articles in PDF format.

Non-Members are welcome on all Rides.

The Spring event, the 2008 SPRING CENTURY (103, 64 and 40 mile rides.) - March 29, has come and gone, but...

In the Summer and Fall, the events to look forward to are:

The World Famous RIDE AROUND THE BEAR! (100 mi.) -June 7

Amtrak Century (For over 30 years a great 1st Century Ride!) - Sept. 6

Fall Metric Century [Metric (64) or Half-metric (32) Centuries] - Oct. 25

April 6, 2008 in EVENT GUIDE (California and Selective Others), Riding Orange County, Riding San Bernardino County, Riding San Diego County | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 19, 2007

Rolling, Rolling on the Rivers: Santa Ana River Bicycle Trail 4

Continuing my journey (Late comers can saddle up here!) along one of the three great rivers of Southern California I head off eastward down Mentone Blvd./Hwy. 38 toward the beach.

Beach? Beach? Way out there? Stop yelling at the screen that I must be nuts...I can hear you. ;-D

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Mentone, California, is the gateway into the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest, home of mighty Big Bear Mountain and Big Bear Lake. Virtually everything revolves around Big Bear, and there is even a new Blog about the cycling and other recreational activities up there.

At Amethyst, Mentone Blvd. changes name to Mill Creek Rd. and begins the journey away from civilization.

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There is one last stop worth making, for motorist, or cyclist, and it is at the 100+ year old Greenspot Market, at the point where Mill Creek Rd. meets Garnet St. (This is at about the 78 1/2 mi. mark of the ride.)

World Famous for their Jerky (Mail Order, too!), the place is located at 2402 Mill Creek Rd.(Hwy. 38), Mentone, CA. 92359, in that world famous resort known as Mentone Beach.

You can get just about everything you need, except gas (You can admire what's been done to honor the memory of those long gone, but not forgotten, ancient gas pumps.), here, in preparation for your trip into the mountains.

Phone: 909 - 794-1511 (No Website!)

HOURS: Mon. - Sat. = 7am-9pm, Sun. = 7am-8pm

The clerks told me the store is a popular stop for cyclists.

They told me that while there are hearty souls who pedal UP the mountain, many choose to head to the top by car, or the MARTA Bus from San Bernardino, then pedal all the way down.

Road Cycling is very popular in all the mountain communities and has proved an inspiration to the blogger "Rev" Rich White:

Hallelujah brethren!
Welcome to the Temple of the Perpetual Pedal.
Draw near and hear the word.
Yes my brothers and sisters, the path I’ll ask you to tread is narrow. It will be long.
It will be steep with many tempting shortcuts. You will suffer and you will sweat.
These things I cannot deny!
But have faith ye of small aerobic capacity.
Press on my tiny calved friends, for you shall harvest the fruits of your labors.
Be diligent in your crusade to the summit. Do not be fooled by false peaks.
Ignore the demons pounding in your ears, screaming in your brain…
“Turn around it’s too far…Go back it’s too hot!”
Shout out, get behind me Satan of sloth!
Yea though I crank through the valley of shade-less death, I will fear no bonk
for I have hydrated and I have eaten.
Then we shall dig down deep within our souls and chant, “I think I can, I think I can”.

Amen Brother! Hallelujah!

Read the rest of this inspiring message of encouragement.

Ok, where was I?

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Oh yeah, this being the beach, you can do what all beach goers go there to do:

1. Work on your tan.

2. Oggle the opposite sex.

3. Walk, jog, or bicycle along the shoreline.

You just can't surf, or swim. ;-D

While it's fine to walk along the "Sand" in some stretches, I would not advise laying out a blanket anywhere and stretching out to get that tan, as some of the critters inhabiting the landscape ain't exactly friendly. ;-D

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The "Beach Bike Trail" affords one ample opportunities to enjoy the spectacular view of the "shore" as it and you rush to meet the Santa Ana River, 3 miles away.

So north on Garnet St. I ride, then I turn left on Florida St..

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As Florida narrows and heads west it goes downhill, becoming Greenspot Rd. and if you don't stop to admire the view you can reach speeds of well over 30mph (I did over 30 for 1 brief moment before my odometer chickened out and claimed I did only 29.36.).

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As I head down Greenspot, next to the Santa Ana River bed itself, I finally see where the river leaves the mountains to begin its journey to the Pacific Ocean.

Ahead of me is a glimpse of Seven Oaks Dam (Wonderful Photo Gallery of Construction Pictures, and a gorgeous shot from a hang glider in 2006.) and an encounter with one final bit of history.

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This historic "Pin-Connected" 14-panel Pennsylvania Through Truss Bridge allows Greenspot Rd. to cross the river and I arrive at 245pm.

The Greenspot Road Bridge over the Santa Ana River in Highland is the oldest of the Inland area's problem bridges. The 95-year-old span is one of 127 bridges that scored low enough in inspections to be eligible for federal bridge-replacement money...

In the rural eastern reach of Highland, the oldest of the Inland area's problem bridges carries Greenspot Road across the Santa Ana River where it flows out of the mountains and into the San Bernardino Valley.

The bridge is 95 years old, 780 feet of clanging steel joints and creaking wooden timbers. Nailheads protrude from warped wooden side rails, and the asphalt doesn't completely cover the wooden deck planks. Parts of the metal superstructure are twisted and misshapen from traffic collisions.

Drivers familiar with the narrow span wait for oncoming cars and trucks to clear the bridge before venturing across to avoid losing a mirror in a sideswipe accident.

This 255 ft. long old bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and is a vital local link for the more than 35,000 people who live in neighboring Highland to the north and Mentone to the south. Motorists use it to avoid Interstate 10, and a 19 mi. detour.

San_ri42 According to the above quoted article in the Riverside Press Enterprise, from Sept., Highland plans to leave Greenspot Bridge in place for hikers and horseback riders to use as part of the city of Highland's Community Trails, and to build a replacement bridge for vehicles less than a mile away.

The bridge received funding 3 years ago, but more funds are needed to continue work.

If and when the new span goes up cyclists should not let that deter them from pedaling down to the old one instead.

I walked along a ledge on the south side of the river, to stand against the mountain you see in the backround for a similar picture as this one, looking NW, but settled for the shot above when an old man pulled up in his car and got out to take a walk.

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This old man said he has been coming to the mountains and canyons beyond the Dam since 1959, and likes to walk along the above abandoned trail, 1 1/2 miles into the river bed to an old Dredging Pond, enjoy the view and watch occasional small planes and even Hang Gliders, in the sky.

This is the end of my cycling journey, approximately 81.60 miles of pedaling, over 2 days.

Yes, you can do it in a single day, if you don't stop to enjoy some things along the way, but why do that when you can take the bus and/or train home and return, or stay over night in a motel room.

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As for the life sustaining water of the river itself and where it is in this vast riverbed...

The stream can be easily found if you walk around the area looking and listening for it. ;-D

As for the Dam, the San Bernardino County Dept. of Public Works, Flood Contol Operation Section maintains the Dam and offers tours.

The Dam is just up Greenspot Rd., beyond the river, where you can turn right onto a dirt road that leads to a guarded gate.

There being no set schedule and no information online I'll add more details here, soon, once I hear back from the person responsible.

After spending 45 minutes in the area of the bridge I finally begin the long journey home.

(TRANSIT AGENCY LINKS: Orange County Transit Agency, Riverside Transit Agency, OmniTrans, Foothill Transit, Metrolink Trains - You can request bus schedules be sent you by mail, pick them up off busses, or print them from online, and I strongly suggest you do so.)

The cyclist has 2 choices:

1. Return the way you came taking Hwy. 38, back to Wabash Ave., turn left, then right at Citrus Ave. where there is a Bus Stop for OmniTrans #9. This bus takes you to Loma Linda Medical Center where you transfer to the Riverside Transit #25 to the Riverside Transit Depot.

There you can take Riverside Transit #149 to the Village at Orange in the OC, or the #1 to the Metrolink Depot in Corona, and ride back into Orange County by bike.

The Metrolink Station is east of the RTA Depot downtown, as well, by riding east on Mission Inn and right on Vine St . to the station.

2. You can catch the OmniTrans #8 on Mentone, at Wabash, and go to the San Bernardino Transit Mall to begin the journey west (To be discussed below.)

The drawback to these options is the time of day you finish your ride to the bridge, so it is very important to check the schedules.

3. Continue, now westbound on Greenspot Rd. 11 1/2 miles into Downtown San Bernardino.

I took this route. ;-D

As Greenspot comes down out of the wide open spaces of the foothils, through East Highlands it widens out and even has a Bike Lane as you pass housing on your right, and the river on your left.

The best thing, though, is that you won't have to pedal, brake or stop for 4 miles, 4.85 if you hit the first 3 lights before Boulder Ave.

You can, if you choose, catch OmniTrans #15 before Boulder, on Church, just north of 5th, in Highland, and go in to San Bernardino, or Fontana to make connections (Again, timing is critical.).

Greenspot becomes Fifth Ave. and heads into Downtown San Bernardino, passing the Seccombe Lake Recreation Area (Once the jewel of the downtown park system and, some hope, on the rebound.), near Pioneer Memorial Cemetary, before turning left at E St., and arriving at the 4th St. Transit Mall, which runs between Arrowhead  Ave. and G St., near the Carousel Shopping Mall.

Here you can catch OmniTrans #14 to Fontana, which connects with the #61 to Pomona Transit Center and also the #66 to Montclair Transit Center, and then head into Orange County or Los Angeles County on Foothill Transit (From Pomona = To OC take the #286, or take the #482 to Puente Hills Mall, and then the #285 to Beach Blvd. and La Habra Blvd., in La Habra.).

There is also the nearby Metrolink Station on the other side of the Carousel Mall: South on E, right on 2nd,right on I St., left on 3rd to the station.

Again, the time of day is important in making your transit choices.

Why is it important?

I got to Pomona too late to catch the connection to Brea, and would get to Puente Hills Mall too late as well.

I thus had 2 choices for riding in the dark (Yes, I have lights.):

1. Take the Foothill #482 to Diamond Bar Blvd. and Golden Springs, in Diamond Bar, then take a hilly ride south on Diamond Bar, to Brea Canyon Rd. which is a flat ride to State College Blvd, where you turn left and go to Brea Mall.

2. The much shorter but, in the end, more dangerous choice, I found out, is to stay on the bus and get off at Fullerton Rd., then going south and over the hill as it becomes Harbor Blvd. on the downhill side.

The climb is mostly easy, and the downhill is a rush.

During the day the view is spectacular.

At night the view is still spectacular and the ride still a rush, but far too dangerous, even using your brakes, and with lights, because there is no street lighting up there.

I took that sucker very cautiously, believe you me! ;-D

Now let me discuss the transit issues way back at the start of the ride. ;-D

LA County Cyclists, without a car, can enter the OC:

1. Via connections from the METRO Blue Line and OCTA #60, thus connecting with the OCTA #1 at 7th and Channel, for the ride down the coast to Huntington State Beach, and a short pedal on the Beach Bike Trail to the Santa Ana River.

2. Via Foothill Transit #285 at Puente Hills Mall, thus connecting with the OCTA #29 south on Beach, at La Habra Blvd., and then the OCTA#1 down the coast to Huntington State Beach, and a short pedal on the Beach Bike Trail to the Santa Ana River.

3. Via Foothill Transit #286 from Pomona to Brea Mall, thus connecting with OCTA #47 to Balboa and PCH, leaving you with a short pedal north on PCH to the trail.

For locals the OCTA #'s 50, 60, 43 and 57 are 24 hour busses.

All 4 busses connect with the #71 that heads south to PCH, leaving you with a short pedal north on PCH to the trail.

The 50 and 60 connect with the 29, 43, 47, and 57.

Other busses in North County connect with all these, as to many South County Busses with the #1, between San Clemente and Newport Beach, so get thee a Bus Book, or go online.

VILLAGE AT ORANGE, on Tustin Ave., the bus entry into Riverside County: The #50 and #71, plus the 24, 42, 46, 131, 167, and 213 all come here, thus connecting with RTA #149.

METROLINK STATIONS in several locations across the county serve the Inland Empire/Orange County Line and the Riverside Line. 

As with the earlier discussion...timing is important in your planning so use the books and websites.

For those who cart their bikes by car:

1. Huntington Beach State Beach has All Day Parking (6am-10pm):

** $10.00 per vehicle  (9 persons or less per vehicle).
** Seniors: (62+) $8.00 per vehicle.

2. North of the Village at Orange there is Eisenhower Park, on Tustin Ave., north of Lincoln Ave.

3. As mentioned before there is parking at Carson Dog Park in Riverside, right next to the Trail at Mission Blvd.

Using a Thomas Bros. Map, or online searchs of all the cities the ride passes through (Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Orange, Yorba Linda, Corona, Norco, Riverside, Colton, Loma Linda, Redlands, Mentone, San Bernardino.)

The nearest park to the Greenspot Bridge, from the Highland side is, amazingly, in San Bernardino! ;-D

Cyclists in the Inland Empire can ride to the Waterman Trail head from Downtown San Bernardino, reversing the route discussed in the last chapter.

Well, that's that! ;-D

I hope that the story of my adventure encourages more people to get out and explore all, or part, of the Santa Ana River Trail and surrounding areas.

You absolutely will not regret it. ;-D

December 19, 2007 in Riding San Bernardino County | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

December 17, 2007

Rolling, Rolling on the Rivers: Santa Ana River Bicycle Trail 3

The resumption of my ride began with a bang, or was that a PHWAP!...SSSSSS?

I hopped the bus back in to Riverside, turned left out of the Transit Depot, pedaled the mile back up Mission Inn Ave./Mission Blvd., and turned left into the parking lot of Carson Dog Park , below Mt. Rubidoux, where the Santa Ana River Bicycle Trail waited for me to resume my journey to the mountains from the Mission Blvd. underpass.

San_ri24The parking lot is bumpy going for a bike with my type of tires, and I realized that I should have entered the Bike Trail on the opposite side of the street from the park when I discovered my rear tire suddenly had a flat.

It's 815am and after a few cranks of my Bicycle Pump I come to the unwelcome conclusion that I had a problem on my hands. ;-D

In the past I would have done one of 2 things: Walk my bike to the nearest bus stop, head into downtown Riverside looking for a bike shop opening at 9 or 10am, or pack it in, and dejectedly head on home.

Not THIS time! I am PREPARED!

I had that Repair Kit I  had recently put together and it was time to suck it up and show what I was made of!

Remembering how the guy at the REI in Huntington Beach had removed and replaced the tube without taking the tire off the wheel, I struggled to duplicate the feat, fighting an ultimately winning battle using patience and a tire lever to replace the tube.

During this desperate 30 minute struggle I get a passing young lady to take a photo for posterity. ;-D

Tube pumped and tire ready to be returned to its proper position... I look in puzzlement at the chain:

How did it go again? ;-D

As I stand there worriedly scratching my head I see 2 cyclists approach on the trail, and flag them down.

With the help of Ralph and Billy I soon have everything back in place and all is right with the world again, and by 915am I am ready to get the back on the road.

First I eat a sandwich and some fruit for breakfast, saving my trail mix and 2 other sandwiches, for later (Just as I had done when I rode the 1st 55.13 miles days earlier.).

San_ri25 Continuing my journey (Late comers can saddle up here!) along one of the three great rivers of Southern California I prepare to head off through Riverside, into Colton and San Bernardino, in San Bernardino County, where the Bike Trail ends 9.85 miles later.

My ride was only just beginning, though, as I was not about to let the end of the Official Trail stop me from reaching the mountains.

The powers that be are slowly devising plans to eventually take the western trail through Prado to connect with the orange County section (Presumably on the north side of the Green River Golf Club, thru the Chino Hills State Park, and also extend the trail east from Waterman to the mountains, but in the mean time cyclist have to use an alternate route to go east.

After 2 1/2 miles, passing a golf course and some new housing, on my right, I come to an "off ramp" (Signs pointing to the nearby street.) at Riverside Ave. and the county line/Riverside City Limits.

Passing the turn-off I enter Colton and soon the urban landscape is left behind again as Mother Nature is master of all she surveys.

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At 59.13 mi. (Even though this is a resumption of my journey, the mileage will reflect the distance as if I had never stopped.) I pass a nice little picnic area placed smack dab in the middle of the much widened river bed.

There's not a porta-potty in sight, which is more than passing strange if you ask me (As if the placement of a picnic table in a flood prone area wasn't strange enough!). ;-D

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The trail and river pass a huge waste dump, on my right, and I can see Big Bear Mountain in the distance.

At this point let me explain about 2 oddities you may have noticed in the pictures so far.

That pole is a hiking pole with a camera mount, in case I could not find someone to take pictures of me. ;-D

And, yes, I changed shirt. I forgot to use the same shirt, as before, to preserse the illusion of continuity. ;-D

San_ri28Between the picnic area and the end of the trail there are several benches and trash cans and even another couple of picnic tables, though not in the river.

At 64.13 mi., after passing under a railroad track and the various interchanges where the 10 and 215 freeways meet, I find myself in  the south end of the city of San Bernardino.

Mother Nature's running rampant again and this stretch is apparently a playground for sex-crazed  Mosquitos judging by the signs, posted on the fence, advising the prudish that the county  is "Monitoring for Mosquito Breeding".

I don't know which is the odder image passing through my peculiar little brain:

1. Millions of horny bugs engaged in a non-stop orgy of, um, procreation.

or

2. A handful of Government Snoops lasciviously spying on said orgy.

Shield the kiddies, as you pedal by, just in case. ;-D

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At 65 mi. the exisiting Santa Ana River Bicycle Trail ends at Waterman Ave., and across the street is a sign:

US ARMY

Santa Ana  River Channel

San Timoteo Weed Abatement and Re-vegitation Project.

US Army Engineers District.

Cyclists now have a choice to make:

1. Head to the nearest light, cross over, and head north into downtown San Bernardino where Omnitrans Busses and Metrolink Trains await:

North on Waterman, left on Orange Show Rd., right on E St. to 4th Street Transit Mall ( The final chapter of this series discusses transit options.).

2. Turn right, heading down Waterman to Washington St. where you can catch the Riverside Transit #25 westbound to the Downtown Riverside Transit Terminal Via Barton Rd.

or

3. Do as I do, and take to the surface streets, near the river, and continue on to the base of the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest, home of mighty Big Bear.

If you choose #3, then follow me! Things are about to get REALLY interesting. ;-D

At 1130am I turn right onto Waterman Ave. and, shortly, left on Redlands Blvd..

On Redlands, to the west of the intersection, are some fast food joints if you are hungry, or need to go potty: Go ahead, I'll wait. ;-D

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Heading east on Redlands Blvd. I briefly pass through the northern reaches of Loma Linda before entering Redlands when I turn left onto California St..

At around 68 mi., as I ride along Redlands Blvd., I begin to realize that "city" is not entirely an apt description of what I find as I head into the cities of Redlands and Mentone.

Fast food joints soon give way to an Orange Grove, one that will soon be partially destroyed to make room for a new Elementary School.

There is a lot of open land out here and a lot of developement of prime locations, for housing and business projects, is going on where ever you look.

I remember riding through here in the 1970's, on the bus to Redlands and Yucaipa, and seeing little urban developement.

After the left at California St., passing Pharaoh's Kingdom Adventure Park, an ill-fated attempt at an Amusement Park that was open for many misbegotten years before finally closing its 17 acres full of rides, race car tracks, golf courses, water slides, laser tag area, an amphitheatre for concerts, and more, and a right on to San Bernardino Ave., I am again surrounded by industrial parks and some open land.

Watch for 18 wheelers, here, as they run rampant through these parts!

San_ri31 After just over 69 1/2 miles, across from another orchard, is a church with a bookstore/cafe, and nearby school.

The Packing House is a non-denominational church, with a large following, and its small Christian Bookstore and cafe is a very nice place to stop for nutritional and spiritual nourishment.

The store opens at 8am daily, except Saturday when it opens at 5pm, and closes at 5pm, except on Sun, Wed. and Sat.(9pm) and Friday (Noon).

After a short left on Alabama St. and a right on to Pioneer Ave. I now find myself on a narrow road, past more orchards, before entering an area of redlands with a combination of old and new housing.

The Santa Ana River can be glimpsed to the north as I make my way through the neighborhood.

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See that large R on the side of the mountain, in the upper right of the picture?

That's Mount R, hee, hee. ;-D

Every year, in March, Univ. of Redlands students, staff, alumni and members of the Redlands community make the annual trek up to "Mount R" to assist in the clearing away of debris and brush on the collegiate letter "R."

There is a story, here, that is almost 100 years old and pride, plus a sense of history, school spirit and duty, led future generations to do something to maintain this majestic legacy.

The Redlands "R" is believed to be one of the largest collegiate letters in the nation, standing approximately 500 feet tall and 350 feet wide. The R was engineered in 1913, only six years after Redlands was founded, when a group of freshmen (class of 1916) hiked up the mountain to build their dream-a huge "R" to announce to the entire valley the pride they felt in their school.

The freshmen were apparently having lunch on the front lawn of the Administration Building when someone came up with the idea of building a letter on the side of a nearby mountain. The mountain chosen, Mount Harrison, was later found to be inaccessible-residents near the mountain did not like the idea of college students tramping regularly through the area. So another mountain was selected, although it was a bit farther away from the campus. The freshman gathered a group together, and over the course of three different three-day trips managed to put a recognizable "R" on the side of the mountain. During the following year, another group of freshmen were sent up the mountain led by brave sophomores (the freshmen of the original party) to burn the entire "R" area. The burning of the brush completed the "R."

Continuing in the spirit of the class of 1916, a requirement for all entering freshmen was a trip to the "R" for an annual cleanup. The university's yearbook "La Letra" was even named in honor of the "R" in Spanish for "the letter."

From about 1960 to 1983 the area was neglected and tradition nearly forgotten.

Then, in 1984, freshman Greg Horn became interested in the tradition of the "R" and decided to bring the symbol back to its original state, thus bringing new life to an old tradition.

When the university turned 100 last spring the R was made to glow at night.

Some might say residents and former residents are "Mad About Redlands", but that's a matter of opinion best left to Psychologists and the jealous. ;-D

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After more groves and some open spaces Pioneer becomes Sessumes Dr. and passes tiny Redlands Municipal Airport, on my left, arriving at Wabash Ave., in the outskirts of Redlands.

I turn right on Wabash Ave. and shortly turn left onto State Route 38/Mentone Blvd. .

It is 130pm, I have traveled 76.13 mi., and find myself entering Mentone.




As I ride through Mentone, passing retail and homes, I visit the first of 2 historic businesses in the city.

The place is a relative youngster, compared to the second establishment, and can't even claim the longest residency on the highway but, for a bookworm like me, it is a fascinating place to visit.

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As the website explains:

In 1931, a man nailed a hand painted sign to the side of his building advertising quality bookbinding.  He had learned the secrets of hand bookbinding from a Swiss craftsman.  And the story and service of the Book Craftsman began...

Your books, Bibles and special memories are meticulously restored by a team of old world craftsman working in a specially-equipped shop.  The historic building we work in reminds us that our craft -- of carefully binding books by hand -- is a dying art.

The Book Craftsman has been featured on NBC, ABC, Fox TV and Access America, and their Content Policy may give some folks fits (I say, good for them!), but before you judge them for their values, judge the quality of their work.

Restoring books, some centuries old, are their specialty, and they take a special interest in Family Bibles (Wonderful slide show!) .

They also do binding for more modern literary needs, including those of the self publisher, as well.

I stood there, in awe, looking at some very, very, old books they had restored and put on display.

I got back on my bike and continued on my journey.

(Continue to the action, and info, packed final leg!)

December 17, 2007 in Riding Riverside County, Riding San Bernardino County | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

August 04, 2005

Park and trail extention in works for Redlands Ca.?

As most cyclists in Southern California know the Santa Ana River Bike Trail is complete from Huntington Beach to the Riverside County line in Corona.

Apparently the Riverside County portion is done in some sections, and under construction in others, according to a news story I discovered today.

This ties in nicely with a plan under consideration for a Regional Park in Redlands, and the completion of the River Trail:

The dry, rocky wash area north of Redlands is not exactly a magnet for recreation, but for some open space advocates, the Santa Ana River Wash is the perfect setting for a 6,000-acre park along the Santa Ana Regional Trail. The park has the potential to be a "Central Park for the East Valley," Council Member Jon Harrison said during a presentation on the project Tuesday.

The park could be a regional destination and a stopover for bikers and hikers on the Santa Ana Regional Trail, which would run 170 miles from coast to crest. The trail is complete in Orange and Riverside counties and is done or under construction from the Riverside County line to California Street in Redlands.

Sounds promising.

I received a map of Riverside Trails that indicates a trail exists from Norco thru Riverside, but doesn't indicate what's complete and what's not, and so far the folks I've talked with over the phone, in the city, have no clue about what I'm talking about.

Makes my ability to explore the river trail sort of difficult. :-D

So there was a meeetin' the other day...

A new plan for the project designed by the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona...

is available as an idea piece to get neighboring cities and agencies options to weigh.

Pete Dangermond the original author of the Emerald Necklace concept for Redlands told the City Council Tuesday that the Santa Ana Regional Park has the potential to be one of the key "gems" in the ring of open space and parks.

They want to put in a loop trail for cyclists, and hikers, along with a lake and "points of interest like the historic 1912 bridge at Greenspot [ Rd. ]."

As part of the 6,000 acres, preliminary sketches show more than 4,500 acres of open space, 600 acres of habitat preservation and 1,100 acres of mining operations.

The next step, said Harrison, is discussing the ideas with potential stakeholders like neighboring cities, San Bernardino Associated Government (the San Bernardino County transportation agency) and the Bureau of Land Management.

Okay, sounds doable.

Let's see if they can actually pull it off.

Redlands Daily Facts - Central Park of the East Valley by Andrea Feathers .

August 4, 2005 in Riding San Bernardino County | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

March 21, 2004

Riding San Bernardino County

I once rode along a portion of the old Cajon Pass road in San Bernardino, out by Devore, and know one can ride over the pass towards Victorville.

Something to eventually try my hand at. :-)

I also occasionally ride my bike along Highland Ave. from Monclair to Fontana.

If anyone has suggestions for routes that I should explore and write about, send me an e-mail, and let me know.

March 21, 2004 in Riding San Bernardino County | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack