Say it isn’t so. Officially Spring. Had a nice ride though.
Kinda’ crazy to want to go off road after 3 days of rain. I’ve often done this at China Camp and had no problems. Hence, the different kinds of soil and it’s reaction to lots of water. Ya’ gotta let Wildcat dry out!
Not too bad here……
Had to stop here and clear the brakes.
Take a closer look……
A solo ride today through wetlands up to the city for a quick snack and back home. Trying out my new multi-terrain tires from Bruce Gordon; Rock and Road.
Today’s ride…….. EDIT: after thinking about this ride, I ordered up new tires for the Cheviot. Bruce Gordon’s Rock and Road. A multi-terrain tire, much wider, 43mm. I currently have 33mm, Grand Bois Cypress. I was doing some training for a long distance ride on my Hillborne, these were great, and when I built the Cheviot, I just transferred them over. But I’m into a multi-terrain bike, the Cheviot is fully capable and with these tires I’ll be riding over all the Berkely/Oakland dirt trails!
An American tradition, Thanksgiving, is an important holiday. Not because of it’s history, but because it’s good for us to stop and ponder the state of our lives. And at least once a year, I do stop, and think of how lucky I am and give thanks. Here’s a couple quick photos from my Thanksgiving day ride.
There’s a place in Walnut Creek I’ve been trying to get out to ride for a while now; Shell Ridge.
I made inquiries on the RBW forum for directions and also looked at the map offered by the the park and on Google maps. I had an idea of how to drive there and combined with directions given to me from RBW headquarters, I went there today to “investigate.” Found a trail head right across from a parking lot near John Muir Hospital (on LaViaCasa Rd.), hopped on my bike and started pedaling. I maybe rode 1/3 of a mile before I encountered serious hike-a-bike.
I continued on pushing, down a little, up a lot. The trail was on the top of a ridge and as I came around a corner, I saw another trailhead with parking, and what appeared to be rideable acreage, at least 1/2 mile away (very downhill, no trail), as the crow flies. That’s where I wanted to be.
Back down I
rode walked to the car, loaded up again and vowed to find that road that dead ended at the trailhead I’d seen from above. And I did.
Didn’t get much of a ride in as far as distance, but now I know where to go and I’m looking forward to heading out there again soon to really check out the trails.
I’m still confused by the directions I received because La Casa Via was the street everyone told me I”d find a trailhead, but I never did. Or at least the right one, anyway.
What a weird morning it was. I’ve been trying to get over to San Francisco to begin a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Fairfax and back. It was planned 2 Sun.’s ago, and I woke up not wanting to drive to ride my bike. I still went for a 25 mile ride, but just started out of my garage. OK, so this Sun. (the one that just passed), I set the alarm for 6:30 AM, and proclaimed we were leaving at 7:30 for the bridge. Well we didn’t get out by 7:30, but we did get to San Francisco. We pulled off 101 North, the last exit before crossing the bridge looking for a parking lot I’d heard about somewhere on Lincoln, near Storey. As we exited the highway we were met by a line of red cones and police officers blocking our desired route and told all the roads were closed nearby due to the Nike Marathon. We headed back to 101 south and pulled off on a side street to figure out what we were going to do.
Well, let’s go over the bridge and start our ride from somewhere over there. Then I realized I’d forgotten the cue sheet for the ride. Now what? I suggested we head back across the Bay Bridge and go ride around San Pablo Dam, a 25 mile ride beginning and ending in Orinda. Ok off we set. If you know anything about the micro-climates in the Bay Area, you know a change of 10˚is nothing simply by changing which side of the Berkeley hills you’re on. Anyways, kind of a late start by the time we got there and hotter than we’d planned for; off we went.
We hadn’t done this ride since before the Tierra Bella, way back in March. Funny how you forget how hard certain climbs can be. We knew the first ascent up Bear Creek Rd. was tough, but it seemed harder than ever. I’ve set my GPS to show the gradient, so I was surprised when sections were reading 9%. That first climb is about 2.5 miles. There are other steep sections but shorter, so Bear Creek always seems to be the section one has to get through. I don’t know if it was the heat or not eating enough food, but by the time we hit the last 9 miles, my legs were mush. Actually, I think the last time I wrote about this ride I said the same thing!
To complete my fifth coffeneuring ride, we completed the day with a tea cooler. Yes, from another Peets!
Not anyone I know, just random people.