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December 30, 2012 / rickhermelin

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 21,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

November 7, 2012 / rickhermelin

1st of 100 Centuries on the ElliptiGO

On Saturday, November 3, 2012 I rode/ran 102.5 miles in the Bike the Coast Century Ride from Oceanside, CA on the same ElliptiGO I used to go Coast to Coast this past Spring. In the next 8 to 10 years I plan on completing a total of 100 Century rides throughout the USA. If I average one a month, it will take me 8 years and 4 months and result in doing the 100th one during February 2021, the month of my 80th birthday.

At the finish line with Clay and Patti Whiting who also did the Century but finished much earlier than me.

October 4, 2012 / rickhermelin

October 4, 2012 – Information to access trip summary on ElliptiGO web site

You can access a good summary of the trip by going to

or by going to and clicking on:

MORE ABOUT ELLIPTIGO/Compete/Epic Rides/Cross Country Ride.

MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina

MCRD San Diego, California

July 9, 2012 / rickhermelin

Day 100+9 – Visiting son in Berkeley, CA

After doing the KTLA-TV interview in Hollywood, CA on the 4th of July I attended a house concert that evening featuring the Beatunes, a Beatles Tribute Band, and the next day drove to Berkeley to visit my son Zander and his wife Margaret and help celebrate his birthday which was on the 7th. They recently moved back to the Bay Area after graduating from SDSU Graduate School. I have enjoyed spending time with them very much.

Thursday the 12th I will drive to Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village in Ventura County and spend a few days there visiting friends and attending another house concert at my friends Russ & Julie’s house on the 14th. I will then return to the San Diego area to continue my training to prepare for the “Bike the Coast” Century Ride in Oceanside, CA on November 3, 2012. This will be another event with my “100” Theme which will allow me to become a member of the ElliptiGO Century Club.


July 4, 2012 / rickhermelin

Day 100+4 – KTLA News Channel 5 Interview in Hollywood, CA

Had another good interview this morning at KTLA News in Hollywood. The interview went well and afterwards had a chance to have a good BBQ brunch provided by Ranch Hand BBQ from Newbury Park, CA who did a segment on the show after mine.

Here is the link to the interview:,0,7294348.story

July 2, 2012 / rickhermelin

Day 100+2 – Good Morning San Diego Interview on KUSI News

Had a short but good interview this morning just outside the KUSI News building in San Diego. Got there a bit early but that gave me time to enjoy their pastries and bagels.

Here is the link to the interview:


June 30, 2012 / rickhermelin

Day 100 – Solana Beach, CA to MCRD San Diego, CA

Here it is finally, the last ride of the 100 day trip from coast to coast!! Eight ElliptiGO riders and one bicyclist joined me at the ElliptiGO Headquarters in Solana Beach and we took off shortly after 8 am. We followed a route selected by Bryan Pate and took us through Del Mar, up the hill to Torrey Pines then through the UCSD Campus. From there we took various trails and streets to get to Mission Bay then through Old Town and finally into MCRD.

Inside MCRD we rode to the Base Museum where many guests welcomed us. KUSI and FOX TV stations were there to do some interviews. During the disclosure of the total money donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, I, Bryan Pate from ElliptiGO, and Laura Castellvi from the Semper Fi Fund got a chance to say a few words and announce the total of $10,622 as of this morning.

Here are a few pictures taken by Bill Pinnell and his wife.


June 29, 2012 / rickhermelin

Day 99 – Spend day in Solana Beach, CA

Yesterday afternoon after taking a shower, John Pilkington gave me a ride to the storage unit in Solana Beach where my car and other stuff were stored. Found out that my car wouldn’t start, dead battery. We used my jumper cables but still did not start. John had to leave and I got a Booster unit from the manager but that was dead too. Called AAA and the technician used his Booster unit to start the car and told me the battery would need a full charge. I called the recommended auto shop in Encinitas and just made it there before they closed and left the car with them overnight.

The following morning the shop put the charger on my battery all morning but it still would not start, bad battery! Ended up having to buy a battery but at least I knew my car would be dependable again.

Had lunch and a frapuccino at my old Starbucks hangout in Cardiff by the Sea which had been totally remodeled then went to the ElliptiGO office to check with Erika about putting a rack on the trunk of my car so I can take the ElliptiGO to my next two in-studio TV interviews, one Monday in San Diego and the other Wednesday in Hollywood. With Bryan’s help we figured out how to mount and secure the ElliptiGO on the rack.

After that I went back to the storage unit site and changed from a 10 x 25 unit to a 10 x 5 unit and got everything remaining moved over.

For dinner I met with Bob and Kay Miller from Camarillo, CA at Fidel’s Mexican Restaurant across the street from the ElliptiGO office building. It was through Bob that I first learned about the ElliptiGO. He has had his for just over two years. He is also the one who let ElliptiGO know about my idea of going coast to coast on one of their machines. This is a picture of them tonight at Fidel’s.


June 28, 2012 / rickhermelin

Day 98 – Rancho Penasquitos (SD), CA to Solana Beach, CA

Got up at 4 am to do a 4 mile fast walk with my host Margie and her friend Marylee around their neighborhood, all hills. That took just about an hour.

At about 8:40 am John Pilkington and Jorge Lee arrived on their ElliptiGOs to ride back to Solana Beach with me. It was mostly downhill with one short but steep hill at around 4 1/2 miles. It only took us an hour to do the 12.4 miles.

John Pilkington and his family are hosting me for the last three days of the ride. Here is a shot of me with John and Anita.


June 27, 2012 / rickhermelin

Day 97 – Ramona, CA to Rancho Penasquitos (SD), CA

Started the day with a good breakfast with some of the Ramona Fire Station crew members. Erika Nelson from ElliptiGO Inc. arriver around 8:30 am with her camera and I started the trip with her shooting my departure from the station.

Erika then drove ahead a bit and set up her camera for more shots and continued this for the next 12 miles of the 15 mile ride. I then continued on to my friend Margie’s house where I was met by her younger daughter. Spent the afternoon taking care of things until Margie and her husband Paul arrived.

We had a nice dinner and caught up with events in our lives this last few months.