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Old 07-15-07, 10:40 PM   #1
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Another Great Ride (Pics)

Another great ride for our Bike Club, and not just because I led it! Unlike some other rides reported herein, we had no Mr. Helmets or Mr. Inappropriates. In fact, it was pretty much our same group. We have a "Ride Coordinator" who sends out an e-mail blast to all members of up-coming rides. As you can see by this picture, eleven of us showed up. I'm the one without the helmet (I put it on before taking off).
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We ride about three miles to get out of town and make a turn for the hill. Not much traffic out here on a Sunday. It's a gentle climb for the first three miles. Here's a typical scene.
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At about mile 6 we start a 2 1/2 mile climb. It's moderate most of the way, with a 1/2 mile 11% at the end. The weather is perfect. It's about 70 by now (10:00am) and most of the hill will be in the shade.
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At mile 12, after a nice downhill, we cross the Middle Fork of the Feather River. There were several people at the river, panning for gold. There was also one sluice box running on a generator.
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You can't get much better scenery. We are WAY out in the boonies here. No houses or cars. About half the riders have not been out here before and are really enjoying the views.
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Even though we are all experience riders, there are different levels of speed, especially when hills are involved. The strong riders can "summit and circle" or we regroup at the top of hills.
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The road out here is very smooth. The hills are a bit more than rollers, but there was lots of conversation, making the climbing easier. I think it was about 2500 feet of climbing, total.
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Our turnaround point is this 1890 bridge, which as you can see, has been replaced. On any day but Sunday, there is a pretty steady stream of logging trucks on this road. Just beyond this bridge starts a 6 1/2 mile, brutal, unrelenting, 12-15% climb. We didn't do it today (we never do).
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Coming back is a bit easier that going out. Once down the hill, we made our way around our valley (mostly flat) for a 40 mile ride. Of course, we end the ride with PIE! In this case, Pizza Pie.
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The pizza place has free refills on drinks. I think they lost money on us. You will note that many of the riders qualify for this forum.

That's it. Another great ride in Plumas County, CA. See you on the road.
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Old 07-15-07, 11:45 PM   #2
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Such a beautiful ride. I'm envious!
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Beautiful ride!

It seems your club likes to end rides the same as ours
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Looked like a fine day and a fine ride! Thanks for sharing your pics and story with us.

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Beautiful place!
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Excellent report and pics, Mojo. You have a beautiful route and what appears to be a group of kids who play well together.

As I see more of these ride reports, I want to venture out and find some new routes.

Thanks for the report and pics.
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wowowowow! So lovely, thank you for sharing those photos, that looks like a beautiful ride, and perfectly executed w/the downhill on the way back. Is that a club jersey many of you are wearing?
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wowowowow! So lovely, thank you for sharing those photos, that looks like a beautiful ride, and perfectly executed w/the downhill on the way back. Is that a club jersey many of you are wearing?
Yes, that is our club jersey. Plumas-Sierra Bicycle Club. We have about 65 members spread out over much of the county, which has a total population of 22,000. A recent check shows that 32 of them have been on at least one ride this year. We are just in our third year.
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Dig the picture of the trestle. Very sharp.
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Spectacular ride! Thanks for the pics. I love seeing all the different locations around the country and the world. Keep 'em coming!
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Thanks for the great photos and ride report. I sometimes carry a small camera, but always forget to stop and take pictures. How do you manage to ride such great rides, long distances, and still take such inspiring photos?
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Thanks for the great photos and ride report. I sometimes carry a small camera, but always forget to stop and take pictures. How do you manage to ride such great rides, long distances, and still take such inspiring photos?
Thanks for the kind words. I have a small camera (Casio xilim 6.0) and carry it on a cord around my neck most of the time. It doesn't get in the way and is always available. I carried it that way for 7 days on AIDS/LifeCylce in June and never had a problem. I am sort of the club's "official photographer", so it has become almost required of me.
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