Our good friend, the Very Famous Veritcal Bob called for a great ride Angeles Crest (CA Hwy 2) starting from either the Red Box parking lot (at the base of Mt. Wilson), or Charlton Flats; about 50 min. (by bike) up the mountain. Sarah, big john, V.Bob, Daniel and myself started from Red Box, Lee (scvroading on the forum), Kathy (valleygirl on the forum), Michelle, Alan and Kay started from Charlton Flats.
The whole ride was 80 miles from Red Box to Grassy Hollow and back, for 8,800 feet of climbing. Not a terribly difficult ride, but on July 18 it was unreasonably hot up there! We were at almost 8,000 feet at Dawson Saddle, and while no one had a thermometer, I'm guessing it was mid 90's at the least.
I went through two large bottles and a 70 oz. Camelback in 40 miles, just to give you an idea. Okay, it didn't happen unless there are photos, so here you go:
First, our Leader, Vertical Bob (60+)
Here's a photo of 50+ forum poster big john at Dawson Saddle; what a happy guy!
Here's another Dawson Saddle shot, left to right Sarah (young!), big john (50+), Michelle (very young) and Kathy (valleygirl on bikeforums) 50+
Here's most of our group descending (at speed!) out of Grassy Hollow.
Michelle right before entering The Tunnels (it was cool in there!).
The long climb up to The Tunnels on the way back (backs of big john and Kathy).
Sorry, no photos of Lee, and my one photo of Alan didn't turn out.
Finally, a photo of Angeles Crest Newbee, Michelle, suffering up the climb to Dawsons on the way back, but still drinking, climbing and smiling. She's like 20+ . . .
If you're visiting SoCal, just take the Hwy 2 North exit off either the 5 or the 210 freeway, to CA Hwy 2, La Canada - Flintridge. It's a lovely area, whether you're riding or driving, but I prefer to ride.
Rick / OCRR