Today my husband and I took our new bikes, new shoes and boundless excitement to try them out on the San Gabriel River Trail in Southern California. We have ridden this trail a number of times on the hybrids and were interested to see how we'd do on the road bikes.
Ready to go:
The trail goes from the San Gabriel mountains down to the ocean with a number of branches off of it. Our goal was 30 miles on it today, so we chose one of the parking lots near the base of the mountains and away we went with a part of Whittier Narrows park (Legg Lake) as the hoped for destination.
The upper trail. We took a small side branch around a nature trail near here:
From the top of the Santa Fe dam. There is a large park and lake down there (didn't get a picture of that park):
One of the rest areas along the trail. I think it is neat that they have a drinking fountain set up to fill your water bottles:
the trail goes under a number of freeways. The 'river' has been cemented in this heavily populated area:
made it to the park! Whoo Hoo!
While sitting at the park bench watching the ducks in Legg Lake I noticed something hidden on my one week old bike that I hadn't noticed before:
After lunch and a short rest we headed back.
Almost back! Spring is starting when the wild daisies are blooming.
We continue to be amazed at how much easier it is to ride these road bikes compared to the hybrids. I actually rode my bike up the dam face in granny gear and didn't walk it as usual (100 foot elevation gain in 1300 feet- 13% grade). I am tired now and so is husband, but neither one of us fell off the bikes using the clips today. Big accomplishment! My mother (who now lives with us) had a delicious dinner all ready when we came back. Boy was I hungry. I think we need to bring more food on the rides.
While we were gone my niece who is in college in Los Angeles called to ask us to get her and take her somewhere, but we weren't around. My oldest daughter called because she got a flat tire on her car and wanted Dad to do something about it. By the time we got home, both had figured out how to take care of the things themselves. Another nice reason to not always be available.
I wonder how long it takes to get into shape for one of those century rides when you are in your 50's? Hope all of you had as nice a day as we did.