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Old 05-27-08, 06:44 PM   #1
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Cycle17 & Overthere California Adventure

Cycle17 and Overthere share some riding in Sacramento/Davis, California over Memorial Day Weekend. Here’s the ride report.
Day 1 Davis to Winters, CA
35 miles @ 14.6 mph avg. 67 degrees cloudy, windy, scattered showers.
First let me say that Davis is an amazing city to be a cyclist. Clean, friendly and bike lanes and bike signals are everywhere. A great cycling experience! Now to the ride… We started out right from town and road at a modest pace through many of the streets Saturday morning. I think we both hoped that the clouds would part and the sun that California is famous for would make an appearance, but it was not to be. Our ride took us out on a beautiful bikeway that was like riding on our own little superhighway for cyclists. Despite the weather there were other cyclists along the route to Winters. The agricultural fields and Olive groves we rode through were very scenic despite a strong headwind blowing right at us 75% of the way out. I tried to stay up front most of the way and act as a windblock for my petite partner. We even had to avoid a sprinkler system at one point, but still we soldiered on like good Bike Forum disciples! The route which was very nice with some flat terrain, and lots of false flats and fast rolling hills(small bumps). We arrive in Winters and Overthere led us to a place called “Steady Eddies” which is quite obviously a regular hangout for cyclists of all levels. Eddie’s is a very quaint little place that smartly caters to the abundant cycling traffic. The ride back was fast and fun once we got warmed back up. Overthere showed that she had some speed and the wind did almost blow me off the road during a sharp turn once, but my MT Biking skills served me well and I got off the gravel and back on the asphalt without incident. Despite the somewhat chilly temperatures, the wind and some light showers, the ride was still very enjoyable and my ride partner was pretty awesome to hang out with as well.



Day 2 Sacramento- American River Trail
37 miles @ 15.3 mph avg. 77 degrees, sunny, warm and breezy
You California cyclists are some lucky mo’ fo’s! That’s all I’ve got to say…. Haha! What a beautiful ride this was. We only rode a portion of the A.R.T. but the scenery was amazing. Ducks, cranes, squirrels, rabbits and a giant pheasant were a few of the things I saw during this ride. The MUP had a moderate level of traffic, but many sections we rode felt like we owned them to ourselves. I gave Overthere a few tips on cornering and before I knew it she was taking series of twisty turns pretty fast. This ride was just right for a Sunday ride. We even got to share a three rider paceline for about 8 miles coming back as a guy passed us and we sucked his wheel for a few miles before returning the favor. Overthere ended with about a 2.5 mile turn at the front around 21 mph. Did I mention that this little dynamo can ride?.... Yep.






The time off the bikes was fun as well. It included tickets to a game between the A’s and my RedSox which was a great treat even though the sox lost. A few great meals including all you can eat sushi, some pasta, wine and of course great company. I can’t wait to visit the Sacramento/Davis area again.
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Old 05-27-08, 06:51 PM   #2
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Aww man that's messed up. You didn't even come visit me or X or Dauphin. Hmmph.


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Looks like you had a lot of fun, though! I didn't realize how close Overthere was to me!! For some reason I thought she was SoCal.

Thanks for sharing your pics and ride report! Perhaps on your next trip out I can meet you as well!

Overthere, you have such a pretty smile!!
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I was only there 2 1/2 days. We'll get together next time!
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YAY!!

We can make it a NorCal group ride. NorCaler's are hella cool.
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There are roads out there just for bikes? That's one of the few times I've seen a fully paved and striped two-lane road for bikes that isn't shared with peds or cars.

Here in Austin, there is only one section in the whole city that has that, a section along Great Northern Blvd, right by railroad tracks.
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I canít wait to visit the Sacramento [...] area again.
Never in my life did I think I'd hear that sequence of words.

I take it you were riding along the Folsom Lake end of the ARBT? I've never made it out that way, but the other end (near Downtown) is nice, albeit often crowded. I was actually thinking of riding out there on Sunday, but didn't get to it. It would have been funny to unknowingly cross paths.
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Yep. Great weekend.... the riding was great, especially on the ART... Overthere is a real sweetheart and California is looking real good to me! I was sooooo impressed with Davis for being such a cycling friendly town. All three of the bike shops we visited were very friendly...albeit different in focus from one another, and being downtown in cycling clothes and riding shoes is perfectly normal. That's my kind of town!
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Going going.. back back to cali cali
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That is all.
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Yep. Great weekend.... the riding was great, especially on the ART... Overthere is a real sweetheart and California is looking real good to me! I was sooooo impressed with Davis for being such a cycling friendly town. All three of the bike shops we visited were very friendly...albeit different in focus from one another, and being downtown in cycling clothes and riding shoes is perfectly normal. That's my kind of town!
Davis is cycling nirvana, is it not?

Glad you had fun while you were here. Its fun to ride on the separate bike lane that's on the north side of I-80 on the causeway between Sacramento and Davis, isn't it? I see you guys there at the fish hatchery.

I think I recognize Overthere and that bike...
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Oh, dude... did you see any rattlers or coyotes?

Someone in the Sac Tri Club (I'm a member) says she saw a Bobcat up near Folsom Lake last week.

I see coyotes all the time on the ART. When it gets hot, you'll see the rattlers slithering across the path on the way to the rocks on the American River.
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Yep. Great weekend.... the riding was great, especially on the ART... Overthere is a real sweetheart and California is looking real good to me! I was sooooo impressed with Davis for being such a cycling friendly town. All three of the bike shops we visited were very friendly...albeit different in focus from one another, and being downtown in cycling clothes and riding shoes is perfectly normal. That's my kind of town!
Did you go to Crepeville or Burgers and Brew to eat? Next time you're here you've gotta check it out!
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RATTLESNAKES on ART??!

Some things I *should* only hear about afterwards...

Cycle was great fun to have out to CA! Super wind break, among other things. We had fun. Siu, I would totally love for the Norcal to show off some of those spectacular coastal rides, and the Golden Gate ride! It was also fun to show off how awesome my little town of Davis is for cyclists, and walking to 3/4 of the bike shops within blocks of each other... and our ever popular Fuji's for all you can eat sushi!

Cycle, you're welcome to come back to visit anytime!
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Nope, Spoke, we didn't make it Crepeville or Burgers and Brew. I know we're food-consuming cyclists, but there's only so much food even we could eat!! Next time.
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I love the crossing buttons to trigger the stoplights within reach from the bike lanes in Davis. You should come during the World's Largest Bicycle Parade. It was great, even if we didn't beat Taiwan ths year.
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Dude, you've lost some weight since Lancaster last year...it has to be that good New Mexico altitude and food.
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Haha! Thanks Chip! Between eating better, the altitude, the heat and a little more dedication to my riding I've gotten pretty close to where I want to be weight wise. I like New Mexico so far, but I gotta' say.... California is real enticing!! Specially with Overthere out there and all. I've been riding pretty good so far this season. (knock on wood). The trip was a really great time.
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Awwww... Here's a guy that knows how to score some Brownie points! Even after my attempt at a home cooked meal of lumpy pasta...
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Yes, please keep us all in the Davis-Sacto area in the loop when you come out next time. Not that hard to get together for a ride... I'm about 10 miles east of downtown Sacto but its only a little over an hour's ride time to Davis from my place, less if I actually drop the hammer.
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I almost forgot...we went to see Iron Man...it was actually pretty good.
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Awww how fun! Great pics!!!
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