We left the house at about 10:30 and headed out to the ARBT for the 1st leg of the ride. It was a nice easy pace up to Iron Point, where we left the path and headed up the road. We topped out the climb and were feeling pretty good. My wife had a snack of half a chocolate chip bagel we picked up this morning.
We turned left onto Empire Ranch and picked up a pretty good headwind. Being the good husband, I let her draft as I fought my way through to our next turn for climb number 2. This one heads up and over the ridge to the East and to El Dorado Hills. This one is tough. Grades up to 16%. At one spot it "leveled out" to 12%. Here's a picture I shot of Bess making her way up a 16%. Folsom Lake is in the background:
We made our way down the other side and turned left on El Dorado Hills Blvd, which we took over to Green Valley for an easy ride home. We stopped off at the shopping center where Green Valley meets E. Natoma. Subway makes for good lunch stops!
Total ride was 45.56 miles. 2479 feet of climbing.