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!
OK, not sure where to start, other than to say after my vacation (a month ago) I’ve been working some crazy hours. Just about when I thought all was settling down and I could get into my routine again, all h*%l breaks out with buying a new house and moving to the other side of the bay. For those who’ve participated in selling one house and buying another at the same time; it’s crazy!
Suffice to say, no extracurricular activities (biking) for me for about another month. Before this all happened I did get a ride in at the beach; the Pugsley and my dog. A foggy weekday, and the tide was too high to get much more than a few miles on the sand.
Here’s a video of my ride Sun. We started in Don Edwards Wildlife Preserve, crossed over a major highway on a pedestrian/bike bridge and entered Coyote Hills Regional Park. The first 1/3 of the ride is on the west side of some hills, right at the eastern shore of the SF Bay. Sorry, only handlebar perspectives today as I forgot my RAM attachments.
I don’t know why park management feels compelled to asphalt the trails?????
Today I headed for one of my all-time favorite rides here in the Bay Area; China Camp, in Marin County. To tell you the truth, I can’t remember the last time I rode there. More than a few years to be sure. I’ve been missing the Pugsley, so that was also the first time I’ve ridden the Pugs there. It’s also the first time I’ve ridden so much technical rock on the Pugs; there’s definitely a learning curve as compared to my experience on this trail with a FS bike.
I was sucking air here, so it was convenient to pull out the camera and take a picture. I still had to go uphill from here with a lot of rock sections before I hit some downhill. Here’s a shot of the Richmond Bridge; you can see the SF skyline way in the back.
Most of the trail is on the shady side of the mountain. Something you appreciate in the summer months.
I didn’t get a Friday Photo; so here ‘ya go with a couple pics from my ride today. I have to be honest, before last weekend I was unable to ride for a month because of an injury. So, I’m happy to say I went for more miles this weekend than the last, most off-road, 4 or so on the tarmac to get to the trails. Out on the Pugs again; Vaya just needs the steer tube cut and then I’ll wrap the handlebars and it’ll be good to go. Pics soon (I hope).
lots of white pelicans
a trail through the wetlands
The above trail circles out and around the small airport in Palo Alto. This is a new section of trail for me. Another part I’m scouting for the development of a gravel race here in the Bay Area. Keep checking in if you’re interested in visiting California and riding a beautiful route around the southern portion of the bay.