A Decade of Bay Area Bike Rides ebook

My Bay Area Bike Rides blog is available as a Kindle book on Amazon.


I decided to turn my blog into an Amazon ebook. It’s an homage to the end of what has been a fun ride from 2009-2019.

The ebook is 180,000 words with hundreds of photos, 90 percent of my WordPress.com blog. It’s best viewed on a 2-in-1 Chromebook using the Kindle reader.

I had to keep the photos small to fit the size requirements, the only downside.

Now you can read at your leisure in a place of your choosing, rather than sneaking looks at my blog while at work in the office.

There’s no doubt that this new decade isn’t going to be much like my last, so this is a good time to reset priorities and interests.

I’ll keep my WordPress blog in place for now, but entries will be sparse, if at all.

Ride bike…

9 Responses to “A Decade of Bay Area Bike Rides ebook”

  1. KEITH DUNLOP Says:

    Hello Ray,
    did i meet you in 1975 in Cheyenne as i was crossing the country bicycling?
    Keith

    • Ray Hosler Says:

      Maybe. I lived there at the time, working at the newspaper. I met one elderly fellow retracing the route of Thomas Stevens, but he was killed in NY during the tour.

      • KEITH DUNLOP Says:

        hi Ray,
        i was 15 years old at the time crossing the country with a friend.
        i still have the letter you wrote my mom telling her of the meeting and article you printed for the paper.
        The building where the Cheyenne Newspaper is there but i think its a cafe now.
        Great memories and i appreciated your support.
        Keith Dunlop

  2. Joe Huddleston Says:

    Ray,
    I have enjoyed the blog and publications for most this last decade, even if living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Envious of all you have witnessed and ridden.
    Best,
    Joe Huddleston

  3. Cathy Switzer Says:

    Ray,
    I have your print book from oh-so-long ago!
    Which tool did you use to move your blog to an ebook? (I’ve had the request to do the same for my blog)
    Thanks, Cathy

    • Ray Hosler Says:

      Cathy: Here’s my low-tech way:
      1. In your WordPress Dashboard look in the navigation bar on the left, click on Tools and then click the Export link underneath Tools.
      2. From the Export screen in WordPress, select All Content and then Download Export File. …
      3. After clicking Download Export File, a download box will appear and ask you to save a .xml file.

      This is for WordPress.com, not WordPress.org, same company but different platform. .Org offers much more design freedom, but is for DIY folks.

      Then I opened the file in Word. Select all text (CTL-A) and then right click on mouse. Select option to delete XML tags. It takes a while to delete everything, depending on how large the file is. Mine was 4MB. That’s a decade.

      However, there’s still a lot of junk text. I had to rearrange the files into categories, so it was a chore, lots of Find and Replace.

      I looked around online for a silver-bullet solution, but didn’t see anything. Amazon likes Word files for their ebooks, so I kept it in Word. Took about a month.

      I imported the XML into Dreamweaver, but my limited knowledge may have kept me from finding a solution. All Adobe products are online these days, so it becomes an expensive way to work for hobbyists.

      I think of the 1967 Boston Marathon every time I see your name. Good luck.

  4. Jay Says:

    Ray, Do you know anything more about the rider you say was killed in NY retracing the route of the 19th cyclist? I ask because I very vaguely remember a Palo Alto Times article in sometime in the earlier 70s about a man from PA who was killed on a cross country bike trip in NY (within a couple hundred miles of his ride’s conclusion. I don’t think this individual was that old, but is there any possibility that he could be the person you’re referring to?

  5. Ray Hosler Says:

    Jay, I don’t. Obviously he would have started in San Francisco and finish the first leg in New York. This guy was old, that I remember. I’m thinking there was a story written, but not by me since I was an editor. The newspaper is not online beyond a few issues. I remember reading the newswire about him dying. Had I not worked at the paper, I never would have found out. I did learn where I worked at the paper — 110 E. 17th St. in Cheyenne. Building is still standing and in use, but the paper relocated many years ago.

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