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August 17, 2009

LifeSource Natural Foods STXC Series – Race #2 Tonight!

Racers round the bend and head into a straightaway in last Monday night's race.

Racers round the bend and head into a straightaway in last Monday night's race.

The fun at the Oregon State Fairgrounds continues tonight with the 2nd race in the LifeSource Natural Foods MTB Short Track series. Everyone from beginners to pro racers are welcome to attend, watch, or race – with categories for any skill level. Registration and course pre-ride begins at 5 pm, with the best entrance to the track on the Sunnyview side of the Fairgrounds.

Spectators can watch from the bleachers or grass, play in the sand volleyball area, or bring a skateboard and drop into the halfpipe. You can read our recap from last week here, and see a bunch of photos on Flickr here. Also be sure to see some other great photos and videos Matt took over at the Buy Local Cycling site.

Hope to see you tonight!

Categories:
Pro/Cat 1 Men & Women
Cat 2 Men & Women
Singlespeed
Cat 3 (Beginner) Men & Women
Junior Men (10-14, 15-18) & Women
Kiddie

2009 MTB Categories vs. 2008 MTB Categories:
Pro 2009 = Pro/Elite 2008
Cat 1 2009 = Expert 2008
Cat 2 2009 = Sport 2008
Cat 3 2009 = Beginner 2008

Race # 1-3 Start Times & Race Durations
5:00pm – Course open for pre-riding
5:45pm – Kiddie race – racing for 5′ (this race is FREE, but registration is required)
6:00pm – Cat 3 Men, Cat 3 Women, Junior Men & Women: racing for 20′
6:30pm – Cat 2 Women, Cat 2 Men, & Singlespeed: racing for 30′
7:05pm – Pro Men, Cat 1 Men & Pro/Cat 1 Women: racing for 40’

Race # 4 Start Times & Race Durations
5:30pm – Course open for pre-riding
6:00pm – Kiddie race – racing for 5′ (this race is FREE, but registration is required)
6:15pm – Cat 3 Men, Cat 3 Women, Junior Men & Women: racing for 30′
6:50pm – Cat 2 Women, Cat 2 Men, & Singlespeed: racing for 40′
7:40pm – Pro Men, Cat 1 Men & Pro/Cat 1 Women: racing for 50’

Course Description:
All races will be held on the BMX track and adjacent grassy field at the Oregon State Fairgrounds; Salem, OR.  The course will include a combination of grassy flats, twisty singletrack and bumpy dirt track (BMX course).

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August 11, 2009

Race Report: LifeSource Salem MTB Short Track Series!

Cat 3 riders waiting for the race to start.

Cat 3 riders waiting for the race to start.

UPDATED: My Flickr photos of entire event are now uploaded, click here. Also, my brother shot a ton of shots (mostly of the team) and those are available as well, click here.

The LifeSource Salem MTB Short Track series was HOT last night, and I’m not just talking about the temperature! Jeff McNamee and crew put on a great first night of the short track series right here in Salem. 68 riders turned out for the first event and rode across fields, dirt, over bmx rollers, table tops, around hairpin turns and even had some cross-like dismounts and run-ups. There was plent of heat as the Cat 3 race started in near-90 degree temps.

Martha Paulus

Martha Paulus

I shot tons of photos of the series, which I’ll post soon to our Flickr page, but this was the official first race with out team kits, so allow me to be the proud team poppa and post some shots of the Pacific Pedaling team members rolling in their kits throughout this post. Results are posted at the OBRA site, but I’ll take this opportunity to point out that Pacific Pedaling came home with 2 top place finishes for the night! Yeehaw!

Tyler Jackson

Tyler Jackson

James took first spot in Cat 2 Men and Ellen took first in Cat 1 Women. It’s worth noting here too that both Pat and Ellen rode two categories back to back – Single Speed, followed up by their Cat 1 races. That’s 30 and 40 minutes of racing with just a 5 minute break in between. Just long enough to hit the restroom and change a race number.

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Ellen Miller

And everyone rode great last night. Tyler was up in the front of the Cat 3 Men for most of the race…next week I’ll be relying on him to show me where to go, and how to get there. Martha rocked it in the Cat 2 Women. And as mentioned, Pat not only raced two races back to back, but pulled off and fixed his bike in the middle of the second race.

James Cloyd

James Cloyd

In addition to the amazing efforts of the entire team, I’m also proud of the fact that Pacific Pedaling team members volunteered as much as possible before, during and after the race to help the event go smoothly. We really want to help do what we can for cycling in Salem…the rest of this series should be great!

Pat Kudszus

Pat Kudszus

Matt Haughey also shot a bunch of great photos of the night (including Ellen pointing to her jersey as she crossed the finish line hill) and this video, which has Pat rolling at the beginning.

LifeSource Salem Short Track Series Race 1 from Matt Haughey on Vimeo.

Ok, enough of my rambling on about the team like they are all my children! Great first night of the series, and great first team race for Pacific Pedaling!

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August 10, 2009

LifeSource Salem Mountain Bike Short Track Series Starts Tonight!

LifeSource MTB Short Track Series, Salem, OR from nwduffer on Vimeo.

My buddy Brock and I hopped on down to the State Fairgrounds to meet up with Jeff McNamee, Matt Haughey, Kenji Sugahara. The three of them, along with Pacific Pedaling team member, Pat Kudszus spent the evening pre-riding the course, and determining the final layout.

Having never been to a short track event, we took a few moments to ask Jeff and Kenji about the upcoming race series. Jeff helped lead the way on the Willamette Valley Cyclocross series last fall in the area, and it’s great to see another event added this year. Even if you are a beginner and have never raced before, this would be a great event to make your first!

Come down to the State Fairgrounds tonight and support local cycling and racing events! For more information about the series, be sure to visit their site.

Categories:
Pro/Cat 1 Men & Women
Cat 2 Men & Women
Singlespeed
Cat 3 (Beginner) Men & Women
Junior Men (10-14, 15-18) & Women
Kiddie

2009 MTB Categories vs. 2008 MTB Categories:
Pro 2009 = Pro/Elite 2008
Cat 1 2009 = Expert 2008
Cat 2 2009 = Sport 2008
Cat 3 2009 = Beginner 2008

Race # 1-3 Start Times & Race Durations
5:00pm – Course open for pre-riding
5:45pm – Kiddie race – racing for 5′ (this race is FREE, but registration is required)
6:00pm – Cat 3 Men, Cat 3 Women, Junior Men & Women: racing for 20′
6:30pm – Cat 2 Women, Cat 2 Men, & Singlespeed: racing for 30′
7:05pm – Pro Men, Cat 1 Men & Pro/Cat 1 Women: racing for 40’

Race # 4 Start Times & Race Durations
5:30pm – Course open for pre-riding
6:00pm – Kiddie race – racing for 5′ (this race is FREE, but registration is required)
6:15pm – Cat 3 Men, Cat 3 Women, Junior Men & Women: racing for 30′
6:50pm – Cat 2 Women, Cat 2 Men, & Singlespeed: racing for 40′
7:40pm – Pro Men, Cat 1 Men & Pro/Cat 1 Women: racing for 50’

Course Description:
All races will be held on the BMX track and adjacent grassy field at the Oregon State Fairgrounds; Salem, OR.  The course will include a combination of grassy flats, twisty singletrack and bumpy dirt track (BMX course).

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July 27, 2009

Seriously, What Happened To Windsor Island Road?

This is never a good sign (no pun intended) to see.

This is never a good sign (no pun intended) to see.

Ok, at the risk of sounding like I’m just complaining about pavement everytime I see it…what in the world is going on with Windsor Island Road? One of the best things about living in Salem/Keizer, and particularly in Keizer, is that I can wheel out my front door, and within minutes, be out wheeling through farmland. I saw these construction signs when we got back from our trip and decided to avoid my favorite route out Windsor for a few days until they wrapped stuff up. But on Saturday, I finally ventured out during our early morning ride.

I actually was a little excited. The road hasn’t been horrible, — some potholes and cracks in the road — but if the pavers had been out for a couple of weeks, maybe we’d have something amazing to ride on…some new super smooth winding path through the back country of North Keizer. However, smooth was not what we were about to find.

Note the photo below, it’s the side of the road.  You can see here the gravel they dumped down before paving. You would think this is the beginning of a job well done:

The gravel off to the side of the road on Windsor.

The gravel off to the side of the road on Windsor.

Now, take another look. The bottom left side actually is darker. That’s because that’s where the paved part of the road meets the gravel…you’d think that would be the overspray, right. That’s where whatever they put down over the gravel spilled over into the loose gravel and just looked a little rough, right? Not so much…that’s actually the edge of the road…and here’s a close up of the middle of the road for you to gander at.

A close up of the newly paved Windsor Island Road.

A close up of the newly paved Windsor Island Road.

Click on the picture for the full sized if you’d like, and see the gravel that is now the surface of my most ridden road.  And, that’s the WHOLE road. From Chemawa up to Wheatland, all 7 miles….and it’s rough. I realize that many people get the pleasure of riding on this type of surface on a regular basis, and much of River Road from Brooks into Keizer is similar to this, but Windsor has been a pleasant road to ride until now.

Low angle shot of the newly paved road in all it's glory.

Low angle shot of the newly paved road in all it's glory.

Now that I’ve ranted on, I should say that I can’t confirm that the pavers are completely finished. I can only assume they are, since they’ve covered so much ground already, but I haven’t talked to anyone official yet, so that’s still just my assumption. If something changes, I’ll let you know. If you have any info, you let me know. Meanwhile, I may be skipping Windsor Island Road for a while.

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June 5, 2009

Commuting By Bike Through Monsoons and Tornados

Editors Note: Yesterday as I was driving just South of town, with disco-ball style lightning in the sky, and wind and rain buffeting my vehicle, the thought occurred to me…”what if I was on my bike right now?” Well, PacificPedaling.com contributer Tina Brubaker was, of course. And lived to tell about it.

I am 100% certain that the world would be 40% happier if 20% more people rode a bike to work. These figures cannot be substantiated with anything other than smiles and are base solely on my personal observations.

I’ve been ruminating over a commuting piece for some time now, but have lacked that ONE thing that has been able to push me from thinking about it, to typing it. Yesterday, while at work, I heard the push. SEVERE WEATHER WARNING. It was on the radio, the internet, coming out of customers mouths. While the masses are in a panic about this, I’m am slipping into my Sidi’s and helmet in great anticipation of my ride home.

Tina on a normal, non-monsoon work day.

Tina on a normal, non-monsoon work day.

My love for the forces of nature are deep and I’ve always had a John Muir-like love for the elements, much like you can read about here,  so the very utterance of the words ‘Extreme Weather Conditions’ elevates my blood pressure and puts a wry smile on my face. The sky goes from sunny to dark grey in a matter of minutes as I start to pedal home.

It’s hot out and sprinkling and smells like rain. The sky is black to the north were I’m headed, this makes my already ear to ear smile even bigger. About a mile out of downtown it hits. The wind is all over the place, but mostly at my back. The rain comes down hard, and loud. I hit stop lights and notice people in cars are staring at me in my soaked tank top and skirt and smiling or laughing. I keep pedaling to the next stop light, all the while feeling pretty euphoric about my current state of affairs. At this point, the streets are like rivers and the rain is pouring out of the sky like that of a hose nozzle being sprayed in your face from about 10 feet away. And it’s so WARM, it’s crazy!

I’m cautiously manuevering through the flooded streets and smiling, all the while casually watching the people, in their cars, watching me. Besides a lot of smiles, I got a few thumbs ups, a couple “Yeah’s” and an “awesome” from some teen-ager in a truck, but the best of all was a comment made by a well dressed woman driving a mini-van. She drove up next to me as we were both going about 10mph and rolled her passenger window down and yelled “I’m so jealous!”…and I knew she was. I also know for sure, based on the smiles I saw in that storm, that she wasn’t the only driver who felt that way.

The Veloforma as an all-season, tornado-tackling commuter bike.

The Veloforma as an all-season, tornado-tackling commuter bike. Yep, that's standing water, darn near up to the hub.

I finally made it to the bike route, out of traffic, where I was able to think about how great it was that I was soaked to the bone, on my bike and smiling about it! And this is where it occured to me, as it always does at some point on any ride, that going anywhere by bike IS awesome! And this in only ONE of the endless commuting stories of Epic adventure I am sharing. Calm, beautiful night rides home, taking the ‘long way’ on those perfect sunny days, tailwinds that make you feel like you’re not even pedaling. Even the completely average, uneventful rides still leave you feeling good. Every day offers something unique and different, but there is still the comfort and familiarity of the bike – you get to feel it ALL from behind the handlebars and I wouldn’t trade them for a steering wheel anyday*.

It’s raining quietly this morning as I get ready to head out and it seems almost negligible after yesterday’s monsoon, but I still think I’m gonna wear a raincoat today.

(*see me about this statement in January, after a few months of typical Oregon ’34 deg and rain’ days. I might just be eating my words)
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If you haven’t commuted by bike yet, you’re missing out! Tina also sent along these other photos of the great things she typically gets to see on a ride into work. Part of the beauty of getting to work on two wheels is just that….seeing the beauty:
A nice wide open field in North Keizer.

A nice wide open field in North Keizer.

Another shot on a peaceful morning ride to work.

Another shot on a peaceful morning ride to work.

And the beauty of Robert Fox! Robert is involved with the Willamette Valley Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Breakfast on Bikes, Salem Bicycle Club, and too many bike-centric things to mention. He's a dang fast rider too!

And the beauty of Robert Fox! Robert is involved with the Willamette Valley Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Breakfast on Bikes, Salem Bicycle Club, and too many bike-centric things to mention. He's a dang fast rider too!

To learn more about cycling in Salem, commuting by bike, bike safety or just about anything else, checkout the BTA’s website, or hop over to the Breakfast on Bikes blog, which provides so much local information, it’s scary!

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June 2, 2009

Post Weekend – The Saturday Market Ride

Making our own valet parking at The Saturday Market.

As is often the case when the weather turns nice, the fam and I took a little bicycle jaunt down to the Saturday Market. We’re an ecumenical little bunch, accepting a complete mix of any and all kinds of bikes. This week I rode my cross bike, pulling my youngest son in the Burley trailer. My wife was on her cheapo single speed cruiser, and my son was on his BMX bike. I was a little tired from doing an early morning 30 mile ride with Darrell, but we always cruise at a slow and friendly pace, for an enjoyable ride for all.

I had misunderstood that the volunteer-run valet parking was already happening at the market, and spent a few minutes walking around the stage area looking for the kind people that would take our bikes. After a brief moment of searching, we found our old standby tree, right next to the PortaPotties, and chained them all up. We’ve never had an issue with people messing with our bikes so far, but the valet service will still be nice….once it starts on June 6!

On another note, Saturday was THE day to be at the market. Check out the photo below to see just some of the people we bumped into while there. We finally had to say, ‘lets get a group picture,’ to capture the day:

Just some of the folks we bumped into at The Saturday Market.

Just some of the folks we bumped into at The Saturday Market.

Immediately after showing up we bumped into Matt and his family, who were hanging with Jeff and his family, then bumped into Rich and Corrie, then Charles and Kristi, Nate, Deanna, Chelsea, Emily and Delilah, Ryan and Kealy, Conrad, Kari, Mila and Nolan, and then bumped into another group of friends after that.

We were only there for about an hour, but the place was packed, with both vendors and patrons. We’ll miss getting to visit when we’re gone on our trip, but look forward to seeing what other markets are across the country!

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May 27, 2009

May 2009 Breakfast On Bikes And Tons More!

I’m so glad to see more bike and cycling activity kicking up in Salem. First off, a reminder that this Friday, May 29th, Breakfast on Bikes be at the North Office Mall Building on Winter street NE from 7am to 9am with coffee, pastries, and fruit for anyone riding their bikes into work. As the weather turns nicer, the crowds are growing larger….hope to see you there.

Also, local cycling guru, Eric Lundgren sent over a current ‘What’s Happening’ list pertaining to tons of bicycling items and events in the area. Who knew we had so much going on? Be sure to check them out below!

Friday, May 29th
Breakfast on Bikes – North Mall Office Building
Between 7am and 9am enjoy free coffee, fruit, and pastries on your bike commute!
Thanks to Cascade Baking, the Coffee House Cafe, and LifeSource Natural Foods
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/05/breakfast-on-bikes-may-29th.html

Wednesday, June 3
The Downtown Vision 2020 Bike & Ped Workgroup meets between noon at
1:30pm in the Pringle Community Hall.
http://www.cityofsalem.net/CityCouncil/CityProjects/Vision2020/ExpandOptions/Pages/default.aspx

Saturday, June 6th – ongoing
Salem Saturday Market Valet Bike Parking
Ride your bike to the market and leave it with the bike valets while
you shop!  Friends of Salem Saturday Market kicks off this great
service the first Saturday in June.
http://www.friendsofsalemsaturdaymarket.org/Home/events

Wednesday, June 10th

Free Bicycle Legal Clinic
Learn about when it’s safe to “take the lane,” about “citizen
initiated traffice citations” and all about the law and bikes.
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/05/pedal-power-free-legal-clinic-june-10th.html

Saturday, June 13th
Bicycle Education:  Traffic 101
League Cycling Instructors Robert Fox and Gary Obery teach a day-long
course on how to be a better and safer bicyclist in traffic.
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/03/want-to-be-better-biker.html

June 11th – 27th
Portland Pedalpalooza
If you’re going out of town, catch some of the amazing rides and bike
culture up north.
http://shift2bikes.org/cal/viewpp2009.php

Sunday, June 28th
Fairview Circuit Races
Bike racing right here in Salem!  There are rumors about extra
entertainment options, so be sure to look out for more news later in
June!
http://www.obra.org/flyers/2009/salem_fairview_circuit_race.html

Quarry on Skyline Road
Marion County is holding a hearing this afternoon on conditional use
permits for a proposed rock quarry to go in just off Skyline Road.
Truck traffic may impact bicyclists on Skyline.
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/05/proposed-quarry-to-impact-skyline-road.html

Continuing Saga of Jobs and Transportation Act – HB 2001
Track the week-by-week story of the big transportation package.
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/search/label/Legislation

Commercial Street Restriping Plan
One of the first fruits of the Downtown Vision 2020 Bike & Ped group
is a proposal spearheaded by Kevin Hottman and Gary Obery to restripe
Commercial through downtown to make it more bike friendly.  As it
moves to the wider community, it will need your support in June and
July.  Watch for more!
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/05/commercial-street-plan.html

Bicycle Parking Regulations at the State
DAS proposed new parking regulations this and at a hearing this month,
bicycle advocates argued that one of the best ways the State can
effectively support its goal to reduce single-occupancy motor vehicle
commuting is to supply a plentiful mix of highly visible short- and
long-term bike parking.  The deadline for public comment was extended
and hopefully this will result in improved bike parking options for
employees and visitors to State facilities.
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/05/under-new-rules-state-proposes-to.html

Every Sunday at 1:30pm
Salem Bicycle Club Introductory High Wheeler Rides
Check out Club riding!  Every Sunday at 1:30 the Salem Bicycle Club
offers “high wheeler” rides of approximately 25 miles and few hills.
No rider left behind!
http://salembicycleclub.org/calendar.plx?id=1

Every Thursday at 6:30pm
Salem Bicycle Club Family Rides
Every Thursday the Salem Bicycle Club offers a short ride of 10-12
miles for families.  Bring the kids, the tandem, the tag-along!
http://salembicycleclub.org/calendar.plx?id=1

End of June
Bicycle Count Project Training and Kick-off
It’s almost time for the second annual bicycle count!  More riders are
everywhere, and let’s document the increase!  Look for more
information mid-June.

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May 4, 2009

May Is National Bike Month!

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I know I’m a few days into it already, but in case you didn’t know it, May is National Bike Month. Everything you ever wanted to know about National Bike Month can be found at the League of American Bicyclists website. Additionally, May 11 – 15th is National Bike to Work Week, and Bike To Work Day is May 15. If you are looking for information, or are a community organizer of any kind, there is loads of info on the site, including:

Locally, there are cool things happening too:

May is a great time to hop on your bike and get to the Saturday Market. Here in Salem, Breakfast on Bikes just did a write up on the new Bike Parking at the Saturday Market.

Saturday May 16, is the annual Reach The Beach ride. Pick a distance and pedal your way over to the coast. There are also other great rides in the Pacific NW, which you can see here.

As we get towards the end of the month, B on B will do their monthly gathering time, so be sure to check out their site.

This is a truckoad of racing going on in these parts too, and OBRA has all the info on the upcoming schedule.

And if nothing else, here in town you can get out on a weekly Salem Bicycle Club ride, or show up Tues or Thurs evening, or Saturday morning at Scotts downtown and go out with their regular ride as well.

Get out and celebrate National Bike Month!

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April 24, 2009

A Sunny, Chilly Breakfast on Bikes at the Union Street Bridge

Good group of breakfast riders this morning.

Good group of breakfast riders this morning.

This morning I saw more folks at the Breakfast on Bikes than I’ve seen in previous months. I’m sure the sunny morning brought a few folks out, and I’m sure the recently opened Union Street Bridge location also helped. It was a fantastic morning to be out riding into work, sharing a cup of coffee with other people on bikes, and thinking that this is the start of a great Summer just around the corner. Hope to see a bunch of you out on the Cookie!

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April 22, 2009

Lots Happening With Bikes In Salem Oregon!

I was going to write about my first experience with a group ride, which was both an amazing and brutal experience for me….so come back tomorrow for that. In the meantime, Eric Lundgren from Breakfast On Bikes, and all things cool and wonderful about bikes in Salem, sent me this email chock full of bike goings on…hopefully he won’t mind that I just reprint it here for you. And hopefully we’ll see at Breakfast on Bikes on Friday!

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It’s all Union Bridge all the Time!

The bridge opened!
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/04/mayor-rides-bike-across-bridge-more.html
http://friends2bridges.blogspot.com/

Big article in the Statesman on bicycling
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20090419/NEWS/904190329&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL

Today
Oregon Bike Summit.  Lobby those legislators!
http://oregonbikesummit.com/
You can follow the progress of bills here –
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/search/label/Legislation
http://www.bta4bikes.org/btablog/category/oregon-policy/

Friday – April 24
Breakfast on Bikes will be on the Union Street Railroad Bridge between
7am and 9am. We’ll have free coffee, pastries, and fruit for bicycle
commuters. Please support our generous sponsors, Cascade Baking
Company, Coffee House Cafe, LifeSource Natural Foods.

Sunday – April 26
Monster Cookie metric century through the French Prairie.
http://salembicycleclub.org/content.plx?page=majrides

Also on Sunday
Black Rock Mountain Bike Association Raffle Fund-Raiser
http://brmba.org/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=16&extmode=view&extid=308

Saturday, May 9
Traffic Skills 101 – Learn how to be a more effective cyclist!  See
the post for details on how to sign up.
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/03/want-to-be-better-biker.html

May 11 – 15
National Bike to Work Week
http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/


Learn the latest news about Salem Breakfast on Bikes! –
breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com

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