Bob’s New Website and Blog (v2, May 2013)


On April 3, 2001 at 5:30am I left the Best Western Hotel in Oceanside, CA on my first Trek 520 touring bicycle.  My goal was to ride to Houston, TX over the next two weeks, then head back to work for two weeks, then return to Houston and ride to Savannah, GA.  It was an exciting days ride: (link)

I had with me some very high-tech gear for the day – A Sony Vaio C-1 Picturebook and a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-50 digital camera.  The Vaio had a 12Gb hard drive, 128Mb of RAM, an 8.9″ screen and a full keyboard and weighed only 2.2 lbs.  The Sony Cyber-Shot had a ‘fabulous’ (their description) 2.1 megapixel camera.  Both were novel items that attracted attention (link to Sierra Blanca).

My intent was to digitally document my RAAM, Ride Across AMerica, and share daily stories of the journey, emailed to friends and families.  At the end of the day, I’d download the pictures to the computer while I took a shower, then take the Vaio to dinner where I’d pick the best pix, surround them with the story and email it.

A few days into it, problems began to surface.  More and more people sent emails and wanted to follow along.  They wanted to see prior days.  I had heard about a blogs… then just a couple of years old.  Found one called p-Machine, and set up my first website/blog from on the road somewhere in Arizona.

  • (From Wikipedia on April 20, 2013:  The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger[9] on 17 December 1997. The short form, “blog,” was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[10][11][12] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used “blog” as both a noun and verb (“to blog,” meaning “to edit one’s weblog or to post to one’s weblog”) and devised the term “blogger” in connection with Pyra Labs’ Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms.[13]

I’m not sure when, but somewhere along the way p-Machine died, and became Expression Engine, the blogging software I’ve used until today, April 20, 2013, when I switched to WordPress.  (more details below)


By 2003 I was into my third continent (Europe) and things had gotten disorganized and out of control.  I contacted my good friend, graphic designer Melissa Mahoney ( who brought Mark Dolzel ( into the team, and we put up the first website.  That website has been updated a number of times over the years, always keeping the same look and feel..  but will be gone forever by May 1, 2013.

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If you’ve made it here, you’re on a new WordPress site again designed by Melissa Mahoney and engineered by Adam Doupé (  They have gone back and redone the graphics and converted the content from every part of the site, including all 181 posts on the ‘Bob’s Bike Tour’ section.  Massive kudos and thanks to them.  I’m posting a screen shot of it now, because I know that 10 years from now I’ll still be online but the site may be very different.

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The top half of the sit are all links to the for profits and not-for-profits where I am currently investing my time and money.

  • VIVATERRA:  Upscale, sustainable home and women’s fashion products.  Started with my partners Fred Kamgar, Bonnie Dahan and Claire Gordon.  Now led by Bonnie (president) and Dirk Kincannon (VP and COO) with a talented and delightful team cranking out beautiful products mean to last a lifetime.
  • ECOAMERICA:  working to grow the base of popular support for climate solutions in America with research-driven marketing, partnerships, and national programs that connect with Americans’ core values to bring about and support change in personal and civic choices and behaviors.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND:  Finding the ways that work
  • WORLD BICYCLE RELEIF:  Using the power of the bicycle to independence and livelihood.
  • SRAM:  The world’s leading manufacturer of world-class bicycle components.  Beyond Performance.
  • SNAP A/V:  Innovation, quality, service in home electronics and security systems.

The bottom half of the site is content more about just me.

  • BOB’S BIKE TOURS:  Leads to it’s own home page documenting my bike riding across five continents and some other great rides.  181 posts at the moment. It will continue to grow as I continue to ride!
  • WRITING:  My journalistic endeavors with the Charlotte Observer and with my own blog.

I encourage you to register for updates on either or both the bike rides or general blog.  follow this link (link)

And if you want to contact me, just go here (link)

thanks for your attention and all best to you…  bob

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