Friday, April 23, 2010

A Great Bike Ride: NOPA VELO in the SF Examiner

NOPA VELO Image: Rick Helf

Teddy R would be pleased. Today the late President appeared in the San Francisco Examiner on page two in full color hovering over the Golden Gate. He probably wouldn't expect to be celebrated by bicyclists spinning along for a "Dead Presidents Ride," but he was an outdoors kind of guy as well as a naturalist who valued fresh air and a clean environment. And he was determined to set America on a course of protecting its outdoor treasures. By the end of his presidency, Teddy had preserved 70 million acres of land in the form of national parks and monuments.

If you've ever visited, hiked, biked or camped in these outdoor areas, thank Teddy:
  • Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
  • Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
  • Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
  • Chaco Canyon National Monument, New Mexico
  • Petrified Forest National Monument, Arizona
  • Lassen Peak National Monument, California
  • Gila Cliff Dwelling National Monument, New Mexico
  • Grand Canyon National Monument, Arizona
  • Pinnacles National Monument, California
  • Mt. Olympus National Monument, Washington
  • (and more!)
This Sunday it's all about the ride. Great weather anticipated. See previous post here for all the details. If you can't dress like Teddy, try that grin.

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