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September Cycle California!

RAAM followup -- Age is just a number

By Vic Armijo

In June Californian Dave Elsberry, a self-described "farm boy" won his age category in the Race Across America (RAAM) against a tough field of age 60-69 racers, finishing the 3,020 mile race from Oceanside to Annapolis, Maryland in 12 days, 8 hours and 44 minutes. But the 63 year old wasn’t fully satisfied with his race, "There's more than just winning. I didn't even come close to beating the record," he said, referring to his greater goal -- to better the 60-69 category record of 11 days, 3 hours and 25 minutes at 11.27 mph set in 2008 by David Jones.

"He and I have done double centuries against each other," Elsberry said of Jones, "He's told me how he had perfect conditions when he set that record. Mother Nature, we're not going to beat her. She can smile on you or she can frown on you. But…to beat the record I've got to take more than a day off my best.'


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Skyline fog

By Bo Crane

"The fog comes on little cat feet
It sits... on silent haunches and then moves on"

Carl Sandburg, writing about San Francisco

Skyline Ridge, the towering fog bank is more like a mountain lion. The Bay Area is said to have a Mediterranean climate. Athens and most of Sicily are about the same latitude, but without the fog bank particular to the peninsula. The northwest seabreezes that blow along the coastal range draw surface waters away from the mountains, causing deeper and colder Pacific Ocean currents to rise. The hot, interior valleys draw inland the warm, moist ocean air, which condenses over the cold water, often covering all the Golden Gate Bridge except to the top of the two towers.

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