So Saturday I set out to do a big ride. Well, a big ride for me. Too many times during the week because of lack of time, I am craving a long ride that really wears you out. I planned out my ride, and honestly it was probably a bit much, but each time I have done a ride like this it is a great sense of accomplishment, and I can't wait to try something even more challenging.
I left my house at 7AM, it was pretty chilly for this area, high 40's. I put on a long sleeve base layer, jersey, arm warmers, full fingered gloves, and an ear band. It was a beautiful morning, a little foggy in the morning but cleared up to be bright and sunny.
This is just outside my neighborhood, cruising up Twin Oaks Valley Road. It goes through a golf course, is lined with trees and a nice smooth ride. I followed this a few miles to get out of town.
After about 4 miles, I turned to continue on Twin Oaks. This sign means this is going to be a nice curvy road, and that is usually because it is hilly. I can't believe I have been biking almost a year now and never took this road. There was little to no traffic at all, there were some rough spots but the scenery, turns and hills more than made up for it.
I continued on mostly back roads making my way to Palomar Mountain. A couple of the roads had heavy traffic, but I was only on them for a short distance. I got to Valley Center Road, and could see Palomar Mountain, my big goal off in the distance.
This was on a heavy traffic road, but there is a bike lane, and 2 lanes for traffic, so most cars take the left lane and don't pass too close. It's a crummy cell phone pic, but you can see the mountain off in the distance.
This was my route to get to Palomar Mountain. I rode about 2 miles from my house to my "starting point", so I had about 31 miles in the books when I got to where the official climb begins.
Next was the climb up Palomar Mountain on Rt 76, then South Grade Road. Rt 76 is nothing special, although it is a serious climb it looks like a normal back country road. Once you get on South Grade Road, you have about 7 miles of hill climbing paradise. This is looking back down the road after a turn.
This one is from the same spot, looking back down on the road already travelled.
Almost to the top!