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Entropic Words from Neilathotep

Monday, July 5, 2004


I went for a bike ride on the Sunnyvale Bay Trail today. Part of this trail goes through Cargill salt processing ponds. This is where they evaporate salt water for 5 year in order to make table salt. Good Eats fans who watched the Eat This Rock special about salt would have seen this. Anyway, there is also a bunch of salt marshes and sloughs there. And birds… lots and lots of birds. The ducks and seagulls were properly respectful of a bike moving at a moderately fast velocity, but the geese that I ran into near the end of the loop were fearless. The stood their ground until the last moment and lazily walked out of my way, if at all. I had to steer around at least a couple of them. This is a map of where I rode. The loop I am talking about is the ticked area in about the middle of the map. It is about a 4.5 mile loop. I only ran into one group of three people the entire time I was on that leg of the ride.

After I finished the salt pond loop, I still was in the mood for some more riding, so I followed the path parallel to the bayshore to the Sunnyvale Baylands Park. You can see this is a darker line on the map. While riding down this trail I had to furiously brake and swerve to avoid hitting a squirrel. Luckily this part of the trail was hardpacked earth, instead of gravel, so that was no big deal. Eventually I made it back around to the park proper and I did see a few people there. I then rode home, and it was uneventful until about 20 feet away from the driveway to my complex a silver Altima almost swerved into me.

Sometime in the near future I will go on the longer 9 mile loop off of Alviso, which is on the right-hand side of the map.

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