Laslo Goes Too Far

Here I am, with sun hat and borrowed helmet, eager to ride off and join with others for the 35th Annual Chico Velo Wildflower bicycle rides.

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Used to riding my “Townie” as transportation, but seldom farther than 10 miles around town and certainly not on a Wildflower ride, I chose the easiest ride offered: the Flatflower 12, still a big enough adventure for me!

Chico Velo had thoughtfully labeled the streets with different colored arrows corresponding to the length of each bike ride, i.e., Wildflower 65, Wildflower 100, Flatflower 60, Flatflower 30 and Flatflower 12. I was told to follow the pink arrows with the dotted lines for my mellow ride of 12 miles down to Durham and back. I didn’t see any dotted lines on “my” pink arrows but they were pink so I took off from the fairgrounds dutifully following pink arrows along with hundreds of other riders.

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I was having such a good time on my first ever Wildflower ride, breathing in the rain-cleared air, checking out the scenery and stopping now and then to take a photo of the countryside, that when the pink arrows turned left onto a pleasant country lane I turned left as well.

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I didn't know where I was but I think this is Butte Creek.

I didn’t know where I was but I think this is Butte Creek.

After an hour or so of cruising along on this quiet country road, grooving on the trees, cows, and fields, it occurred to me that I ought to have reached the rest-stop at the Durham Elementary School, and that there were no parents with kids poking along as you’d expect to see on the Flatflower 12 route. There was just me on my Townie and a bunch of folks on high-tech bikes dressed in those lycra outfits that make them all look alike. When I asked a guy what route this was he told me I was on the Flatflower 30 ride.

I’d gone a good six and a half miles out of my way.

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Eventually, I made it to the rest-stop, where I hung out for a while with other cyclists, resting and drinking water. In time I would head home, this time on the official route, peddling against a hard north wind, and treasuring my first wildflower ride, which I’ve deemed the “Flatflower 12 Plus Route”, a distance beyond what I thought I could do.

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Too much stuff.

Too much stuff.

 

Gun Manufacturers Voluntarily Stop Production!

April Fools!

But, really, it’s no joke – here in the U.S. we hardly manufacture anything any more.  But we still make guns and bullets.  If you’re concerned about gun violence in our country, in your town, then please check out the website of my friends, Sue Hilderbrand and Dan Carter, and make a contribution to their production of the documentary, One Nation Under the Gun.
Here’s a link to their website:  http://www.nationunderthegun.com

Here’s a link to their film “trailer”: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nationunderthegun/one-nation-under-the-gun-a-documentary-film

These photos below were taken, by me, at the local Chico Gun Shows of 2013 and 2016.

Bullets made in the USA.

Bullets made in the USA.

Flag and bullets.

Flag and bullets.

Gun raffle.

Gun raffle.

Made in the U.S.

Made in the U.S.

Gun stocks made in U.S.

Gun stocks made in U.S.

Chico Gun Show.

Chico Gun Show.

"Toy" semi-automatic gun for kids. Quote from gun show patron: "Isn't it cute!"

“Toy” semi-automatic gun for kids. Quote from gun show patron: “Isn’t it cute!”

Help Sue and Dan make their documentary. Contribute now:

Help Sue and Dan make their documentary. Contribute now:  http://nationunderthegun.com/contribute/