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June

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Sierra to the Sea

Kudos to the Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC) for hosting the 30th Annual Sierra to the Sea Bike Tour this past week—a 450 mile/7-day ride across our beautiful state. About 120 riders plus staff enjoyed an impressive 7-day route from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco on some of the most scenic and historic backroads our state has on offer. Each day of tough riding wound through little known towns, up memorable climbs and with views that remind us why we spend so much money to live in this state. I felt giddy, like a kid at Christmas each time we headed down yet another stretch of backroad I had never ridden. After sitting in a frigid river or swimming […]

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January

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 Creating Our Future

Reflecting back on 2016 so many exciting, notable and moving memories come to mind. As I look forward to another fulfilling year I ask  the question—what do I wish to create in 2017? The long awaited Crossing Bhutan was premiered at Santa Barbara International Film Festival to a standing ovation for Ben Henretig, as well as several others festivals last year and I am now thrilled to share it with those in my hometown on January 27th—join us! My newest book, Dirty Inspirations, came out with a poignant and exciting book signing at my favorite, Book Shop Santa Cruz. I then took the book on my 8th trip to Bhutan, while once again supporting the Bhutan Olympic Committee in producing the 3rd Annual Bhutan International […]

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16

September

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What Matters to Ruben Parma?

We met Ruben, a Venezuelan who lives in Barcelona, in Rabanal, on the Camino de Santiago trail. We had ordered too much pasta at our albergue, so we invited him to finish it off for us. This meal would be the start of a lovely friendship, solidified while we all pedaled the pilgrims route. He is not only an amiable, upstanding guy but one with whom, silence and intriguing conversation both run deep. Due to my effervescent curiosity, I have been known to have an ‘interrogation’ style of getting to know someone I believe may be interesting. One of the tests of that first conversation is whether the recipient of my barrage of questions, is equally curious, or not. Ruben […]

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29

July

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Ocean to Mountains to Ocean—Quickly

After helping some open water swimmers get psyched about the ocean on Saturday, I headed up for a quick/big hike in Yosemite. Leaving the Valley early morning I headed up the John Muir Trail to top out in the afternoon in Tuolumne Meadows. I loved the huge/tough push, the heady granite visuals and pristine mountain lakes. Rugged hiking up high never gets easier—given that I have not been doing much hiking specifically, I could really feel the effort in my feet about 6 hours in. Yet the allure for it all just seems to continually deepen. From the ocean, then in close to triple digit heat in the mountains while pushing hard amidst the granite waves, it was sweetly pleasurable to […]

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29

July

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CAMINO LOVE! – Video of Mountain Biking the Camino de Santiago Trail

Thank you Ruben Parma for putting together this video of your trip and our time together mountain biking the 500 mile, Camino de Santiago trail. Its perfect, as it captures the essence of our experience. Video starts with Ruben’s initial ride on the Camino a while back, before coming back for the second half, which is when we crossed trails. After we had been on the trail about a week, we met up with Ruben in the mountains in Rabanal when we invited him to finish our too large plate of pasta. We were joined at the hubs to the end and inclusive of Mark Sullivan whom we met a couple days later. LOVE his intro of us with the song, California Girls. Note […]

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Category: Adventure

13

July

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Six hours in Paris with Diane Delucchi

With little time and no agenda Diane and I dumped ourselves into the middle of Paris and then started walking. The rest unfolded a fun and enlightening day, packed full of memorable moments inclusive of trying to hit up all the major landmarks and in the process stumbling across; prep for the LGBT parade/celebration and all that comes along with that, prep for a major event/meet-and-greet with the players of Euro 2016 – the European cup Soccer (my title) that is happening now, lots of police and security packing automatic rifles, the reality that Paris does not believe in offering public toilets for the thousands of people who visit each day, and negotiating the massive crowds and traffic after coming […]

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