If you live in Fort Bragg, California, you’ve probably heard about Ron Bloomquist, often referred to as “Blogger Ron,” because of his colorful blog, Walking Fort Bragg. Ron has been taking early morning walks through Fort Bragg and blogging about his local adventures since 2006. He also has been known to his loyal readers for taking geocaching trips and other wilderness excursions to remote areas outside of Fort Bragg. His readership includes people who love the North Coast, geocaching, and all sorts of outdoor adventure trips, who do not live in Fort Bragg, but who love to read his posts. Another web site of Ron’s is appropriately entitled: “Blabberon.”
What you might not know is that in 2013, Ron and another cyclist, Bob Gerbi, began gathering a small group of friends together to go cycling on the Haul Road and in other locations off of the North Coast, and these bike trips caught on so much, he began a popular Facebook group, called “SOB’s — Seniors on Bikes.” That group now has 45 members, as of this writing, some of whom do not necessarily go on the daily bike rides, but are supportive fans of Ron and the SOBs.
Joining the group is easy and casual, as long as you can pedal a bike. As Ron’s description of the group says: “Daily bicycle ride. Meet at the Skunk Train parking lot. We leave at 10:00 AM “SHARP”. The basic ride is 13.5 miles north and back on the Haul Road including the new Noyo Headlands trail. Coffee ‘debrief’ post ride at Zappa’s Coffee Company, next to Fort Bragg Cyclery. See ya!!”
Well, you’ll probably have to get back in shape and work your way up to some of the Seniors on Bikes’ more rigorous rides — but what a great way to stay in shape and share an outdoor activity with friends! Ron Bloomquist recently celebrated his 75th birthday in style, by riding 75 miles on his bike (Ron is at the far right, in the photo below).
In addition to joining the Facebook group, you can find more information about Ron Bloomquist’s “SOB’s — Seniors on Bikes” activities on his Walking Fort Bragg web site. He has also written about his adventures in a third blog, Ronnie’s Adventures.
The daily Haul Road bike trips gradually expanded to other weekly excursions, as more senior citizen cycling enthusiasts joined the group.
“Soon we started exploring around Fort Bragg and beyond and doing longer rides on Fridays,” according to Ron. These included rides inland, from Fort Bragg to Glenn Blair, or north to Westport, or south to Elk, and other locations. They have driven their cars, transporting bikes over to Clear Lake to ride the Konocti Challenge, and recently participated in the Ride Around the Buttes (Sutter Buttes) — the latter were both 40 mile rides. The terrain got tougher as the cyclists grew stronger. The food and caffeine replenishment stops at the end of these trips became more important for friendly conversation and fun, as well as nourishment.
The Seniors on Bikes group is one of many ways for seniors to stay physically fit, and to enjoy the companionship of others with similar interests in Fort Bragg. In fact, there are many activities here for people of all ages and interests, who want to stay in shape, lead a healthy, environmentally conscious life, explore the arts and culture, and to keep learning, which exercises the brain as well as the body.
If you’re interested in Seniors on Bikes, and you’re on Facebook, just ask to join the group — or bring your bike and meet up with them at the Skunk Train parking lot at 10:00 a.m. on any day of the week. Your photo might end up in one of Ron Bloomquist’s blog posts, if you’re lucky! Recently, there was also an article about the SOB’s — Seniors on Bikes in the “Wheels” section of the Fort Bragg Advocate-News.
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