History of the Pastry Powered Turing Machines

Fact #1: The Turing Machine is a simple model of a computer – a concept by Alan Turing.

Fact #2: There is a mural painted of a Steam Powered Turing Machine in Sieg hall, the old home to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Click on the link for a history of the mural.

Fact #3: When we did the Seattle To Portland bike ride 11 years ago, we were mostly a group from UW’s Computer Science department (well 9 out of our group of 13 – one of the other 4 was the soon to be wife of a CS person and another of the non-CS 4 was a UW math PhD who worked with the CS Graphics group, so he was virtual CS).

Fact #4: A lot of our rides came from the book “Bakeries by bicycle: A guide to Puget Sound’s best bakeries.” (Now out of print)

So we called ourselves the  PPTM name  (also seen as the Pastry Powered T(o)uring Machines) with the byline “we live to eat, we bike to eat more.” We even had shirts made. The front said the group name and Lauren sketched the artwork (that is on the back of the shirts).

Here’s a picture of all of us (including Erik Selberg, in the picture but not in the caption) from 1995.

This year, 2006, Pastry Powered Turing Machines ride again, with about half of the last group joining back in (including Rich and Joanna who now live in New York) and a whole group of new people we’ve met along the way.

Our proposed schedule is/was largely stolen from Rich’s schedule from 1995, modified slightly:

Sat 4/1 (4/2): Gasworks Park->Bothell via Burke Gillman trail (approx 35-40 mi)
Sat 4/8: Greenlake->Alki (36mi). Alki Bakery & Café at halfway point
Sat 4/15 (4/16): Toe Clips through The Tulips (40 mi)
Sun 4/23: Daffodil Classic (50)
Sat 4/29 (4/30): Gasworks to Ferries and around Vashon Island (50mi)
Sat 5/6: Whidbey to Deception Pass (56)
Sat 5/13 (5/14): Around Lake WA (60) (south first)
Sat 5/20: UW to Issaquah (north over lake, to Issaquah, back via I-90)
Sat 5/27 (5/28): U village to Carnation/Duvall (71)
Sat 6/3: Snohomish(70)
Sat 6/10 (6/11): UW -> Puyallup (via STP route) (78?)
Sat 6/17: Tacoma Wheelmen’s Flying Wheels Summer Century (70)
Sat 6/24: Tour De Blast (67 or 82)
Sat 7/1: SAN JUANS – Orcas(80?)
Sun 7/2: SAN JUANS – Lopez(50)
Sat 7/8: Alki(50)
Sat 7/15: *** STP *** (101)
Sun 7/16: *** STP *** (101)

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