CelloJoe - Cello, Beatboxing, Singing & Looping - Classical Hip-Hop. International bicycle touring vagabond troubadour cellist beatboxer

Sunday, December 18, 2011

New Year's Eve Show!

I will be playing New Year's Eve in New York City at Unitribe Production's Dreamtime 2012 event.
See ya there!
-Joey

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WGFYU! for 8 cellos & a rapper (ft. Kirby Dominant)

I recorded beatboxing on this track composed by Joo Wan Kim of Ensemble Mik Nawooj featuring Kirby Dominant.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

CelloJoe singing I've got so much love at BurningMan 2011

Here's a rendition of "So Much Love" from Center Camp at Burning Man 2011. Enjoy!
-joey

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

CelloJoe in Nov & Dec


upcoming shows
Nov 11 2011 San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia (Omprakesh fundraiser)
                       7 pm 21+ $10 Tickets at the door
Nov 13 2011 San Francisco, CA @ Viracocha (CelloMadnessCongress)
                       8 pm All Ages $5-20 sliding scale Tickets at celloturkey.eventbrite.com
Nov 16 2011 Santa Cruz, CA @ Backstage Lounge
                       8 pm $10 (free drink with entry) 21+Tickets at the door
Dec 9 2011 Oakland, CA @ MAPS 25th Anniversary (Oakland Mariott City Center)
                       All Ages Tickets link or http://bit.ly/maps25
Dec 11 2011 Yachting on the bay @ MAPS 25th Anniversary Floating World Cruise.
                       All Ages Tickets at http://bit.ly/mapscruise
December thru February @ on tour with the Pleasant Revolution in Mexico! pleasantrevolution.net
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I am finally playing at Amnesia Bar in the Mission District. I have always wanted to play at this awesome red lit bar.
And it's for a good cause too! I will do a solo looping set from 7-8 and play with my band CelloJoe & the Show featuring Justin Markovitz (drums) and Nate Pease (upright bass)
facebook event pagehttp://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=230394470346945
check out this flyer:

Nov 11 2011 San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia (Omprakesh fundraiser) 7 pm 21+ $10 Tickets at the door
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The Cello Madness Congress: Cello Turkey!

There I am in my wizard hat conducting four cellists in an improv jam.
This Cello Madness Congress we will feature
Mikhael Khalikulov and friends!
the cellist from the internationally famous Rupa and the April Fishes
http://www.theaprilfishes.com/
And we'll also have lots of improvised spontaneous music.
facebook event pagehttp://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=225667364164649
Tickets: celloturkey.eventbrite.com
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Backstage Lounge with Polly Wood

Polly and Travis are a fresh acoustic duo with an authentically uplifting vibe! Their heart music is infused with truth-telling and passion.  Polly's drum rhythms and Travis' piano and guitar provide the cloth into which their smooth vocal harmonies are woven. I'll be opening for them from 8 - 8:30 pm. Then I'll sit in with them on a few songs.
Backstage Lounge 1209 Soquel Avenue  Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2107
8 pm
21+
$10 (free drink with entry)
facebook event pagehttp://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=195921867151561
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MAPS Cartographie Psychedelica

You gotta go to this web page to read all about it:
http://www.maps.org/conference/25/
The tickets are available at this web page:
http://bit.ly/maps25
In December I'll be embarking on a tour of Mexico by bicycle with the Pleasant Revolution!
That's all I got going on for the next couple months. Hope to see ya soon!
-Joey

Monday, October 17, 2011


CelloJoe will be opening for Lucent Dossier Experience on October 21 & 22 2011 at 
The Palace Theatre 
Los Angeles, CA!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Show in Santa Cruz this Saturday + Decompression SF 2011 Videos


So I have a show in Santa Cruz this weekend on Saturday. Also, check out these videos of my set at Decompression at Burning Man! Check out the fabulous coat I got from WildOnTheInside.com!



Dubstep Spaceship Crashes into a Chamber Orchestra

Work, earn, shop, buy, obey all the signs

Get freaky, Get Funky


I'm a Veggie Maniac!

Time to Rise Above...

Beat Bach (Variations on a theme by J.S. Bach)

Fancy Cars


Friday, October 07, 2011

Cello Unicorns: The Cello Madness Congress!


::CELLO JOE PRESENTS:::
"The Cello MADNESS Congress: Cello Unicorns!"

$5-20 sliding scale 
doors open at 7:30 pm
*ADRESS BELOW*
The last cello Madness Congress was Sunday September 11 2011. We featured Devon McClive doing cello looping and vocals. Rushad Eggleston made a surprise appearance and wowed the crowd as usual with wild antics. Jonah Kai, Evan Fraser, and CelloJoe performed a Shamanic Sound Ceremony complete with Masha doing a fish birth dance and Dunce rapping. Sebastian Plano played Bandeon with cello accompaniment and played cello with electronics. Finally we had Eric doing electronic effects cello as "filthmilk." What will we have next month? You'll have to come see for yourself!
The next Cello Madness Congress is called Cello Orgy and we'll be convening to get it on on Sunday October 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm (doors.) Show at 8 pm. 
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:::FEATURING:::
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The Family Crest
The Family Crest began as a collaborative recording project in 2008 with a vision to change the way music is made. Gathering friends, fans, musicians, and non-musicians alike, the group began to record songs in bars, churches, streets, and other unconventional locations. Their collaborative approach quickly grew steam, evolving into a seven-piece orchestral indie rock band with over 100 ‘Extended Family Members’ participating in recordings, live performances, and media projects.
The Family Crest’s debut EP, Songs from the Valley Below, and live performances have created a buzz within the Bay Area, drawing acclaim from the blogosphere, radio waves, and journalists. Highlights include sold-out performances at favorite Bay Area venues including Fox Theater Oakland, Cafe Du Nord, and Bottom of the Hill.

Rebecca Roundman
A heavy hitter in the bay area who has played with Carlos Santana to Isaac Hayes. Check out her website.

The Black Hats
A Russian/Balkan band featuring Leo Suarez. 


~Cello Joe~
*see it to believe it, friends:


Expect mystical moments of musical mayhem. Cellists improvising in ways you've never heard cello before.

You ought to buy a ticket in advance if you want to be able to get a seat. There's only 75 tickets available. Tickets are $5 to $20 sliding scale, so if you're doing alright, support the art. 
Viracocha says, "Viracocha info: We are a community run underground venue and so we ask folks to help protect the space from being shut down. Please; No outside alcohol, be mindful of noise and gathering outside, no drinks upstairs and also please be respectful of the items in the store. Thanks so much"
A bit of background:The Cello Madness Congress is a loose knit group of cellists from around the bay area (70 members strong and growing!) who get together to write a new constitution of what is possible with the violincello or 'cello for short. 
We play the instrument said to be most like the human voice and we create spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments of pure ecstasy (the aural/auditory kind) that astound and amaze the listener's ear. We can go from a stately, majestic promenade of elf gods to a wild, erratic, frantic frenzy of whirling space gnomes dancing in eternity whilst seducing seahorses and sea cucumbers. 
Our jams can depict the ephemeral wisps of smoke rising from a funeral pyre to the prismatic rainbow colored fanfare of a three ring circus complete with elephants and clowns. 
We also read music arranged for cello. We invite all cellists to come and explore with us. Other instruments are welcome too, especially violin, viola, and upright bass.
Come and experience the magic for yourself! We meet in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Cello Bazar is at the Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco and soon we'll be taking over the world.We can be hired for parties, corporate events, weddings, bar mitzvahs, in home concerts, festivals, churches, retirement homes, grand openings, circuses, etc.
:::VENUE INFO:::
998 Valencia St
(between Liberty St & 21st St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
(415) 374-7048
www.viracochasf.com/

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

We made it! 329 backers, $20,015 pledged, and 4 days to go!

The Pleasant Revolution documentary movie "Stuck on Earth: Where No Band Has Gone Before" has surpassed our goal of raising $20,000. Our kickstarter project has been a success and will be funded on September 25!

Sergio Morkin & team are going to finish the movie and it will be entered into all kinds of film festivals! There's still four days to chip in some cash for the project to have extra money so they don't have to cut corners to get the movie done!

If you like the idea of a documentary movie about a band riding 5,000 miles over seven months and bicycling without a support vehicle all over California and Mexico with a pedal powered sound system and you haven't donated, you still can. This documentary will inspire people to live their dreams, to dream big, to enjoy the journey and to ride bikes! So chip in what you are able!

Mil gracias, a million thanks to all the 329 backers of the project. Average pledge: about $60! It's amazing what we can do when we join together and get behind the projects we want to see done in the world.

What are your amazing kickstarter ideas that you want to get crowd-funded? Improving water systems where they are desperately needed? Starting a humanure company? Manufacturing coats that convert into sleeping bags for the homeless? Starting a permaculture healing center? It's all about the idea nowadays in this internet information world we live in. Dream big and then make your dreams reality with a little help from your friends!

Now it's time to celebrate!

UPDATE: We finished the campaign by raising $24,030 ($4,030 over our goal!) with 415 backers. THANK YOU!

CelloJoe and Louis Alexander in Hamburg, Germany 2010 Pleasant Revolution Bicycle Music Tour

Oh and check out these videos i made at Burning Man. Sorry for the low volume on the sound.






Also:

You can download this two hour long mp3 of a live show I played at Caffe Trieste in Berkeley. There was a great crowd there and I didn't know how they had heard about the show. One person mentioned the Johnny FunCheap email list which has helped the Cello Madness Congress in the past.

CelloJoe: Live at Caffe Trieste Berkeley 9-12-2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

6 days left in Kickstarter Campaign! & Sanctuary Camp Out Recap

In 2007 and 2008 I went on my first long distance bicycle music tour from California to Guadalajara, Mexico. The magic from that tour is still with me and it is also in a documentary film by Sergio Morkin which has been edited from 200 hours of footage down to 81 minutes.
It is time for us to finish this movie and release it to the world to spread a message of hope and alternatives to our current system of exploitation and capitalism that is destroying the earth we depend on for our lives. This documentary is all about spreading the bicycle love and demonstrates the power of cycling as a solution for our transportation system.

Watch this video then go to http://kck.st/qXBvWf and click on the green "BACK THIS PROJECT" button and type in a big number after it! Every bit helps and please contribute as much as you feel you are able.


Please post this link [ http://kck.st/qXBvWf ] on your Facebook wall, share it with your friends and neighbors and coworkers etc and help us reach that $20,000 goal so we can finish this documentary that the world needs to see and help us spread our message of bicycle music love and bicycling for transportation. We only have six days to raise $6,000! Donate and tell your friends to donate!

Thank you so much!
Joey

P.S. Here's a special sneak peak at a trailer of the film from two years ago:

The Ginger Ninjas' Pleasant Revolution (trailer) from Kipchoge Spencer on Vimeo.

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I had such a blast at Sanctuary! The folks at Camp Renegade and Strategik definitely know how to party and throw a fat campout music festival. Here are some pictures:
FIRE! 

 DJ booth...
 Chill space. Like the unicorn!
 Dawn.
They had collaborative art stations...

 Big FIRE!
 BASS FACE photo booth. totally awesome art project.
  I got in the picture.
 Hot glue ribbon flower hat..
 Fire spinning.
 dawn.
 Nice "wild on the inside" jacket Dustin!
collaborative art
Thanks so much to Jake at Strategik for inviting me! And thanks for a wonderful weekend everyone.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

CelloJoe is playing at Sanctuary: Mind, Body, and BASS!

If you are free this weekend, bust out your camping gear and come party with me at Sanctuary: Mind, Body, and BASS! Strategik SF is throwing a sweet party and there are only a few tickets left.

Get your tickets for Santuary at http://strategiksanctuary3.eventbrite.com/

Just look at the pool:
3 days & 2 nights.  2 stages / 40+ hours of music | Pool party | live art | huge fire pits | The DoDo Bus | massage tents | art installations | chill dome area | Japanese Tea Temple
BIG campground area | 30+ DJs and musical talents | wide array of musical genres | 
classes and daytime activities

beautiful wilderness environment • car camping available at no extra charge • only 3 hours from SF, 1.5 from Sacramento

- All respectable adults 18+ welcome

Sound by KNOW:AUDIO
Lighting by VIVID FUSION
Visuals by PIXELPUSHER

Look at the list of all the DJs and music! (You'll find me at the bottom..last minute addition) I don't know all of these DJs but I recognize the names after them. I think they are labels or production companies. I recognize Addictech, opulent temple, and Nexus from Burning Man. 
You'll also find me listed with the LIVE ART
They are offering some amazing workshops too. Like yoga, breath work, qi gong, Kundalini, etc. high vibes. It looks like it's going to be a really fun festival. I have heard it has a smaller more intimate feel with 300 people or so. So I hope you can make it.

Also.....
Help fund the Pleasant Revolution Bicycle Music Documentary Movie Kickstarter project!


Go to
http://kck.st/qXBvWf
and click on "Back this Project" and give as much as you can!


CelloJoe is a main character in this full length documentary about his first bicycle tour to Mexico with the Ginger Ninjas! The film is in the last stage of post production and needs your help to be released internationally.






Wednesday, September 07, 2011

...**! Burning Man !**...

I have officially had my mind blown during the last week at Burning Man.

The theme this year was "Rites of Passage." I definitely went through a rite of passage and I've come out the other side of the rabbit hole full of new ideas and enthusiastic to take myself to a higher level of artistic awesomeness.

It's somewhat difficult to express the significance of experiencing Burning Man. You can look at the pictures and see videos, but you really have to be there fully immersed in the madness to really understand how powerful this festival is.

I used to think (and still do..to a certain extent) that Burning Man is a humongous waste of resources and an egregious environmental disaster. People flying in from all over the world, thousands of RVs, trucks, cars, massive generators, so much pollution for a silly party. But when you have experienced it, the profound personal transformation and life changing experiences make up for the egregious use of resources.

Every day semi trucks snake along highways and jets fly all over the world. Factories are spewing pollution non-stop and people are commuting to their jobs. All this pollution is in the service of advancing consumerism and maintaining the status quo.

Burning Man blows peoples' hearts and minds wide open. It is a free city where people do as they please. There are all types of people from all parts of the world mixing and sharing ideas. There are mad max type apocolyptic dark energies and there are healers and light workers. There's acoustic jams on the front porch

and earth shaking 100,000 watt sound systems blasting dubstep womp.

It's designed as a pedestrian and bicycle city where mutant vehicles function almost like a public transit system. (I saw a bus called "BRAT" [Black Rock Area Transit] referencing the Bay Area Rapid Transit [BART])



I rode on the disco fish art car and danced the night away. I watched the deathguild duct tape weapon fights suspended from bungee's on their dome. I met a crazy robot.
 
I took a drink of water from a roaming drinking fountain.

I played on the front porch art car. I saw the sun rise from the temple and heard the amazing earth harp.


I played with Lucent Dossier Experience at Fractal Nation and the Temple of Boom. I did the music for Poki and Ember's clown duo. I played on the Center Camp Stage.

What I took away with me from Burning Man was a profound shift in why I make art and what my purpose is in this world. I have always held the vision to spread joy and love and laughter through music wherever I go. I still hold this vision, but now I want to take it to the next level. I want to bring the Burning Man asthetic and vibe to the city. I think that is one of the most powerful results of Burning Man. People go and get inspired by the amazing art and they want to bring Burning Man back to their communities and help liberate peoples' hearts and minds to live in love and express themselves fully.



here i am playin so much love at center camp

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pleasant Revolution Bicycle Music Tour Documentary Movie - A Plea for your Help

In 2007 and 2008 I went on my first long distance bicycle music tour from California to Guadalajara, Mexico. The magic from that tour is still with me and it is also in a documentary film by Sergio Morkin which has been edited from 200 hours of footage down to 81 minutes.

It is time for us to finish this movie and release it to the world to spread a message of hope and alternatives to our current system of exploitation and capitalism that is destroying the earth we depend on for our lives. This documentary is all about spreading the bicycle love and demonstrates the power of cycling as a solution for our transportation system.

Watch this video then go to http://kck.st/qXBvWf and click on the green "BACK THIS PROJECT" button and type in a big number after it! Every bit helps and please contribute as much as you feel you are able.


Please post this link on your Facebook wall, share it with your friends and neighbors and coworkers etc and help us reach that $20,000 goal so we can finish this documentary that the world needs to see and help us spread our message of bicycle music love and bicycling for transportation.

Thank you so much!
Joey

P.S. Here's a special sneak peak at a trailer of the film from two years ago:

The Ginger Ninjas' Pleasant Revolution (trailer) from Kipchoge Spencer on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Lightning in a Bottle Recap Video by Mario Covics


LIB 2011 from Mario Covic on Vimeo.

Such a beautiful amazing time.. hopefully this video will help you understand how much awesomeness went down...

JUNE 2011



Sunday June 19 2011 3 pm - 4:30 pm

Palo Alto World Music Day
I played at this event two years ago and it was a blast!
I had 40 people singing along to my songs on the street in Palo Alto!
Really, you gotta come check this event out because there's over 50 acts all over downtown Palo Alto!
Check out the schedule: http://www.pamusicday.org/program.html
Serious fun!
I'll be performing from 3pm to 4:30 pm at 400 University Ave (@ Waverly St, in front of Union Bank)
Here's a picture of me playing at PA World Music Day in 2009!
 


Sunday June 19 2011 8 pm

Cello Magic: Cello Madness Congress @ Viracocha, SF

This show is not to be missed!
RSVP and invite friends on FB: http://on.fb.me/cellomagic
Buy advance tickets: http://cellomagic.eventbrite.com
Cello Magic:
The Cello Madness Congress!
$5-20 sliding scale
doors open at 7:30  pm
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The last cello Madness Congress was standing room only at Eth-Noh-Tec Kinetic story theater! We played the first movement of the USA premier of an original composition for 8 cellists by composer Ian Stewart from London as well as a cello octet featuring MC Kirby Dominant by composer Joowan Kim from Oakland, CA. 
It was magical at the Cello Madness Congress on April 9th 2011.
a link to a short segment of Danielle Lottridge doing a bellydance:
http://youtu.be/psLGySceDRg 
a link to a short segment: mumbles raps fast at the april cello madness congress 
http://youtu.be/4k5zzJdo9mU
On Sunday June 19 2011, we will meet again.
Sam Bass and the Sambassadors. That's right, the Sam Bass from Loop!Station and Les Claypool Band. 
Sebastian Plano will be performing a few pieces from his new CD for cello quartet and electronics. 
Rushad Eggelston (Tornado Rider, Wild Band of Snee, Fiddlers 4, Crooked Still) is going to throw down like nobody's business! 
Who knows what kind of magic will happen, but you had better cellhttp://cellomagic.eventbrite.com if you want to be able to get a seat...or stand. There's only 75 tickets available. Tickets are $5 to $20 sliding scale, so if you're doing alright, support the art. 

Viracocha says, 
"Viracocha info: We are a community run underground venue and so we ask folks to help protect the space from being shut down. Please; No outside alcohol, be mindful of noise and gathering outside, no drinks upstairs and also please be respectful of the items in the store. Thanks so much"

Saturday June 25 2011 @ 1 pm
SF Free Folk Festival
SF Free Folk Festival websitehttp://www.sffolkfest.org/2011/index.shtml

I'm playing at 1 pm to 2 pm on the Faith Petric Stage in the Main Auditorium.

450 30th Ave, San Francisco (@ Geary)


Saturday June 25 2011 @ 4 pm
SF Concourse Mezzanine at MAPS Art Gallery

I will be entertaining at the MAPS art gallery at the Cannibis Exhibition. If you wanna come, please call me for more info on this event.. I don't have all the details yet.. 

May 27-30 Recap-
Lightning in a Bottle!

Recap: I made it to the festival.. I didn't end up riding the whole way.. I took a train from Salinas to Santa Barbara and then Santa Barbara to Santa Ana and rode the 15 miles to the festival. Too much weight and too far to go in too short of a time. But I got there on time!
LIB was quite possibly the coolest festival I have been to ever. So much art, so much love!
I had a blast and sold out of Get Loopy and Live @ Fusion Festival CDs. I guess it would have been smart to bring more CDs..so much weight though...Lots of people came up and told me they enjoyed the music I was making so I must have been doing something right!

July 2011 - a brief glimpse

I got invited by Lucent Dossier Experience to perform in theBahamas at the Atlantis Resort for 4th of July. What? Craziness! I'm so excited!
I'll be returning to the Oregon Country Fair July 8-10! Yippee!
I'm playing at the San Ramon Farmer's Market July 30th.
Also, I'll be appearing at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park at their "Local Bites" event on July 31.

That's all for now!
Lot's more later...check out CelloJoe.com for upcoming shows.
-Joey

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CelloJoe schedule at Lightning in a Bottle!


CelloJoe schedule at Lightning in a Bottle!


Friday
5:00p Joey Chang – Traveling Cello Minstrel (find Joey & his Cello by the picnic tables!) at the Satya Yuga Temple Stage
Saturday
12:00p Green Touring: Bicycle Music Adventures around the World by Joey Chang at the Lumi Cafe
This is the one where I'll be doing a slideshow and giving a talk about riding around with a cello.
3:00p Joey Chang – Traveling Cello Minstrel at the Lumi Cafe
Sunday 
12:00p Joey Chang – Traveling Cello Minstrel (find Joey & his Cello by the picnic tables!) at the Satya Yuga Temple Stage
Here's the blurb about the talk:
Green Touring: Bicycle Music Adventures around the World
I have traveled 10,000 miles by bicycle with my cello and played all over the world at festivals, bars, clubs, schools, plazas, on boats and on street corners. For all of these journeys, we transported all our gear by bicycle and public transportation; we didn't use a support car, truck, or van. Also, we utilized generators on our bicycles to make electricity for pedal powered sound systems which allowed us to perform anywhere from the beach to the forest to plazas in city centers without needing to plug into the electrical grid. Learn how you can transition into a new type of music touring that is more sustainable, builds community, and reduces our impact on the environment. I will show incredible pictures from all of my travels.
I may be sitting in with Metal Mother/Tara Tati at the following times:
Friday
2:00p Metal Mother at the Lightning Stage
Saturday 
3:15a Metal Mother at the Lumi Lounge & Cafe
Sunday
11:00-11:30p Tara Tati at the Satya Yuga Temple Stage


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Playing in Santa Barbara (Isla Vista) on Tuesday May 24 2011

Facebook event page: on.fb.me/cellojoesb


I'm playing in Santa Barbara Tuesday. I haven't played in Santa Barbara since I was last through here on the Pleasant Revolution. I played at Bici Centro that time. Here are the details for Tuesday May 24th 2011:


Time
Tuesday, May 24 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Location
dashain/"graffiti house"/across the street from bean night/6719 sabado tarde rd.

Created By

More Info
Come one, come all! Beatboxing cellist extraordinaire Cello Joe is stopping by to perform at our humble abode on his bike trip down from the bay to Lightning in a Bottle! Check out his skillz:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8CsQOGXfL00#at=83

Interested in free-styling/peanut butter and jammin with Cello Joe? Contact me or just show up!

Highly suggested donation of $10 but no one will be turned away. Come dance with us/laugh with us/love with us. Stay tuned for an update on additional acts!
 
 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Learning lessons on ride to LA

I have learned a few lessons during this ride to LA with Jennie Dickenson and Jenny Barker.

Carrying a JBL 612 12 inch loudspeaker, a cello, a tent, a camping mat, a sleeping bag, clothes, loop pedal, cables, mic stand, batteries, plus chargers, odds and ends, etc is too much for me to carry alone. I haven't weighed it all but, I estimate that it weighs about 150 pounds. That's as much as I weigh.


On Monday May 16, we rode from San Francisco to Skylonda and guerilla camped under an awning in the rain across from Alice's restaurant. We rode along the Crystal Spring reservoir on the San Andreas Bike Trail and the Sawyer Camp Bike Trail. Beautiful ride. It's the same way I went in 2007 with the Pleasant Revolution, except there was a bridge out and we had to take a detour near 92 this time. When we got to Woodside, we stopped in at Buck's Restaurant and I mentioned that I had met Tyler, the owner's son, in SF. We asked for a bicycling discount and they filled up our tupperware containers full of chili and clam chowder for free! Wow, thanks! 

Going up Old La Honda Road was very difficult. We stopped for a break in a driveway, totally exhausted. Within five minutes, a sheriff came and checked our IDs to "make sure we weren't ax murderers." We met a lady named Janelle who stopped her car and got out and said her kids wanted to give us granola bars. We told her our plan to go to Alice's and when we got there, they told us that Janelle had called and that she had offered to buy our drinks! Thanks Janelle! 

We got up early Tuesday morning to a light mist and rain. We rode to Applejacks in La Honda. All downhill from skyline along hwy 84. Great way to start the day. We got an "Applejack" apple cider with yukon jack and I ran into Kevin the owner. After our morning eye-opener and a warm alcohol buzz in our bellies, we set off to ride up Pescadero Creek Road. It was tough, but not as long as Old La Honda. The rain picked up as we descended the other side and was stinging my eyes as I bombed down the hill. "This is kind of dangerous," I thought. "I should probably slow down." 

We stopped in at Fly Girl Farm and said hello to Airielle Love. Check out her stand at the Half Moon Bay Farmer's Market and the Pacifica Farmer's Market

We went to the Pescadero Gas Station Taqueria and they filled our container with rice, beans, and salsa for a few bucks. Awesome. We took Cloverdale Road for a nice shortcut to highway one and we made it to the ocean! Yeah! Plus, the rain let up and we had a nice rainfree ride and were able to listen to music on the PA. We made a pit stop at the Swanton Berry Farm stand to get out of the rain and ate some cheese cake brownie with a chocolate covered strawberry on top and truffles too. Then right through Davenport and we made it to Santa Cruz where we knew we had a hot tub waitin for us at Jenny Barker's house. When we got into town we rode up to Another Bike Shop and I was able to fix a bolt in my seat that I had neglected to fix since when I was in Europe last summer. They helped us even though they were closed and they even gave us beers! This was when I realized that my phone was sitting in a puddle inside my raincoat pocket. It is now pretty much dead. I've tried drying it in a bag of rice for a couple days and it seems like it is toast. Bummer. So expect less mobile uploads from me!

We got sort of a late start on Wednesday. Jen Barker joined us. Stretchbreak!

We enjoyed a leisurely ride through watsonville and strawberry fields forever. 

We met Tim, The Bike Rambler along the way. He had a neat setup. 

We eventually got to Monterrey and rode along bike paths along the ocean for a lot of it. We guerilla camped in Veterans Memorial Park up in the hills about Monterey. There's always one last hill at the end of the day. 

On Thursday, we woke up and went to a cafe to charge phones, ipods, etc. We got advice to ride around the monterey peninsula. It's the same way I went in 2007 with the Pleasant Revolution and we took 17 mile drive along the coast and through Pebble Beach. Truly one of the most beautiful rides ever. 

Eventually, we got to Carmel and did some research into whether it was possible to get past the landslide on Highway 1. Closed to all traffic. So we rerouted around it and ended up having a good time in Carmel Valley. Joseph Nichols invited us to camp at this house and we had a good 'ol time drinkin wine. 

-joey