Friday was beautiful here in northern CA and since I knew that the weekend was supposed to be cold and stormy (it was) I decided to bug out of work a couple of hours early and check out Harvey Bear Ranch County Park. I'd never been there before, but from looking at the park map, it had a lot of trails (23 miles!) and didn't look to be too tough. Note to self, get better at reading topo maps!
There were some pretty steep sections where I had trouble keeping traction even in my lowest gear, but I'm proud to say that I rode every inch. No hike-a-bike. I had grand plans to do 14 miles, but once I actually got out there and riding, decided to do a shorter loop of around 8.5 miles. It took me 1.5 hours with lots of rest stops along the way. Here are a few pictures:
Sign at trail head. Cows are dangerous! There were qute a few wandering around.
The false sense of security - the nice flat section before you start going straight up.
There were quite a few gates along the trail to seperate the pastures. Kind of a pain really - if you're cooler than me I'm sure there's a way to get through them while still sort of on the bike, but I had to get off each time, unlatch the gate, drag my bike through, etc.
One of many pauses on my way up to 1400' from about 300'. I've lived here 17 years and I don't think I've ever seen these hills so green.
The trails are all pretty exposed to the sun. Even though it was only in the low 70s I was getting pretty warm with all the climbing.