With Stephen Stills singing in my ear, I returned to the scene of an earlier defeat.
First, I go up Sharp Park Road (~660' over 2 miles) eventually ending up at Guadalupe Canyon Parkway (~500' over 2 miles) and my reward after that? Radio Road. Another ~750' over 2 miles.
At the top, You sit at over 1200' and... the view?
Well, I wouldn't know.
I tried it once and 2/3 of the way up, the stuffing was just knocked right out of me.
That, and it was so overcast that, even where I quit and turned back around, there was no view.
Too much pain, no reward. Forget it.
Today, that wouldn't be a problem.
Sure, it should be raining -it's January- but we're in a drought and the skies have been pretty glorious.
So, I set out today to erase that stain from my CV.
The climb up Guadalupe was actually no real challenge...
I settled into a groove and just kept going until I reached the top of the saddle.
Funny, though, that this is considered "fun"... the thighs complain the whole way up, yet there's no real reason to stop so you just keep going... and going...
No wonder people think we're nuts.
Why would anyone willingly do this?
Then a quick break, a call home, a couple of Black Cherry Shot Blocks and a decision made: I'm going for it. At the first switchback, a glimpse north. Oh My! After the first two climbs (and another minor climb) to get here, I was feeling it. So, I made a few rest stops along the way. And then the top.
Was it worth it? You be the judge:
Sitting at the San Bruno Mountain saddle looking up at my goal, the top of radio Road
Why do you think they call it radio Road?
This is when I knew it would be worth it. Looking north at Mt. Tam.
A look toward the west.
Looking south at Montara Mountain at the end of Pacifica with a B-52 sailing overhead.
A look toward downtown San Francisco.
With high pressure dominating, there's sure a lot of garbage in the air.
The profile of my day.
That 600' blip at about mile 5 is Sharp Park Road. Doesn't look like much anymore
Do I look happy? I don't know but I sure look fat