Shell Ridge

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! untitled-2 untitled-5 untitled-4 untitled untitled-6 untitled-3 January 24, 2015_Shell Ridge _0636

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New Year’s (eve) Ride

There’s a place in Walnut Creek I’ve been trying to get out to ride for a while now; Shell Ridge.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

peace, ks