Since this is the off season, a few of us got together for a short ride in the San Gabriel Mountains. Our Ride Leader was the Very Famous (around here, anyway) Vertical Bob. He knows the mountain roads like the proverbial back of his hand, maybe better. I think V.Bob is 62 or thereabouts.
Also joining us was Bob's friend Laura, who is a tad over 50 (not much), and is a very strong climber, great conversationalist, and middle school teacher since she got out of the Marines. In addition to V.Bob and Laura, we were joined by Laura's friend J.J. and my friends (new to V.Bob and Laura), Lou Ann (not quite 50), and her boss at the U.S. Postal Service, Gerry (right at 59, I think).
Plus, I did bring my camera, since I know how you (all) are, i.e. if there aren't any photos, it didn't really happen. I will attempt to get the photos in order!
This is Vertical Bob at the East Fork and Hwy 39 Junction. Looking away from the camera is Lou Ann.
Same location, Laura in foreground, Gerry in the background. Lou Ann cut off on the left. Sorry Lou!
A better shot of Lou Ann, here talking with Laura
This is a fresh water Spring, and a mini-waterfall where we stopped to fill our bottles. Very cold, very good water. V.Bob says it's even better on a hot summer day.
Laura on the left, J.J. on the right, in front of the Spring.
Me on the right, Laura on the left, same location. I thought Laura was taller than me, but not according to this photo!
Lou Ann filling her water bottle at the Spring. She may not like this angle though . . .
Jerry filling his bottle at the Spring; probably a better angle for the photo!
Above the Spring now, V.Bob in the foreground, Laura way out front. Note mountain scenery.
Close up of Lou Ann, enjoying the view and loving the climb.
Okay, 10 is max photos for one post. Will add to this later. Overall the climb started out fairly easy, but then got to some steeper parts. Elevation total was 8,300 feet in 56 miles. Lovely day though, great scenery and no cars past the barricade.
Rick / OCRR