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Old 01-27-13, 09:23 PM   #4101
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Made it as far as South Auburn for the first time this AM. Banzai !!

From DT Loomis to Auburn Folsom Road via Taylor and Indian Hill. A small step for man kind, an enormous step for the old less fat boy !! I'll throw in the obligatory pic here in a while.

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Old 01-27-13, 11:54 PM   #4102
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Thanks to The Hammerin' Wheels, I enjoyed another new climb that I'd never even heard of before reading about it on their site.

Pine Hill Road is near Cameron Park, off Green Valley Road. The serious climbing starts after a gate. From then on it kicks up to the teens. I measured plenty of 15% and up, with a max of 18%. The final few hundred feet is a gravel road.

After I was inside the gate, I spotted two cyclists approaching. I thought I heard one of them say "Hammerin' Wheels" and "video". Sure enough, it was Rob from The Hammerin' Wheels. He's seen me several times on my El Dorado County solo rides. He had a friend with him.

We all started climbing. When I noticed the grade kicking up, I mentioned that mapmyride showed some 17%. Rob said "nah, it's easy".

If I had looked at his face when he said that, it probably had a big sh__ eatin' grin on it, because this climb was anything but easy.

http://app.strava.com/activities/38896868
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/266854509

I saw this redneck sign on the easier part of the climb before the gate.



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Here's video of the Pine Hill climb. You can hear Rob and me announcing the grades as we're climbing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSq9W26LThk
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Old 01-28-13, 10:03 AM   #4103
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Another mixed terrain adventure. From WC to Moraga, up Pinehurst into Redwood Reg, East Ridge-West Ridge trial, exit Redwood at Moon Gate, Skyline to Chabot, into JMP, Castle Peak, Sunset trails, down into Montclair, Lake Temescal, up Tunnel, Skyline to Sibley, down Skyline trail, up Quarry and back around to Skyline Rd and down Pinehurst. 50 miles, 4,500' of fun. Some crazy steep sections in JMP, but the Sunset trail is amazing, great views of the bay. First time into Sibley, the downhill mudfest on the Skyline trail was a blast, but you paid for it with the climb back up Quarry Rd. Lots of folks out enjoying the brutal bay area winter yesterday!
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Did a 20 mile or so jaunt through the 'burbs of San Ramon, Danville and Alamo on Saturday. The highlight of the day - getting bigbossman to take a break from exterminating wild porcines at Hunter-Liggett long enough to come along. We went slow, but made up for it by stopping for a significant break at the Peet's in Danville. By the time we left there, multiple dozens of cyclists had swarmed the place. It was like a flash-mob or something. You couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting lycra or a plastic bike. We were afraid that, if one more carbon fiber bike showed up, the area would reach critical mass - the thermonuclear kind, not the other kind - and that the resultant explosion would bury half of Danville under a hail of plastic frame shards.
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Did a 20 mile or so jaunt through the 'burbs of San Ramon, Danville and Alamo on Saturday. The highlight of the day - getting bigbossman to take a break from exterminating wild porcines at Hunter-Liggett long enough to come along. We went slow, but made up for it by stopping for a significant break at the Peet's in Danville. By the time we left there, multiple dozens of cyclists had swarmed the place. It was like a flash-mob or something. You couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting lycra or a plastic bike. We were afraid that, if one more carbon fiber bike showed up, the area would reach critical mass - the thermonuclear kind, not the other kind - and that the resultant explosion would bury half of Danville under a hail of plastic frame shards.
Just before lunch? You probably caught the end of the various House of Pain rides that leave there around 9.
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Had to look up porcine. Went to a crab feed in Benicia and my wife, who is anti-gun, won what she thought was a $150 massage in a raffle... I had to tell her what 'City Arms' was. Did a ride out at North San Pedro with a friend that had never been to China Camp.
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Here's the final short steep section of Deer Valley Road from Sunday's ride (15% max grade). I had a rabbit to play with here .

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Did a 20 mile or so jaunt through the 'burbs of San Ramon, Danville and Alamo on Saturday. The highlight of the day - getting bigbossman to take a break from exterminating wild porcines at Hunter-Liggett long enough to come along. We went slow, but made up for it by stopping for a significant break at the Peet's in Danville. By the time we left there, multiple dozens of cyclists had swarmed the place. It was like a flash-mob or something. You couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting lycra or a plastic bike. We were afraid that, if one more carbon fiber bike showed up, the area would reach critical mass - the thermonuclear kind, not the other kind - and that the resultant explosion would bury half of Danville under a hail of plastic frame shards.
Sounds like you were lucky they didn't burst into flame and melt your steel!
Yikes.
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Sounds like you were lucky they didn't burst into flame and melt your steel!
Yikes.
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56 miles with Pig Farm, 3 Bears & assorted other climbs in the Orinda Hills. A rouleur like me chasing a smaller 40 pound lighter cccorlew over the climbs got a good work out in. Last week it was me chasing Midland over thee same hills, he is 50 pounds lighter. My motto for 2013 is I am a big man that can climb a little bit. I guess 2 DMD finishes should count for some kind of self image adjustment.
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Loop from Sebastopol 'round Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park, not a lot of climbing. Tomorrow to Freestone or Guerneville, might get a little.
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56 miles with Pig Farm, 3 Bears & assorted other climbs in the Orinda Hills. A rouleur like me chasing a smaller 40 pound lighter cccorlew over the climbs got a good work out in.
It's easy to beat Oldstrong up the hills. You just have to schedule the ride for right after he's done a week of hill repeats for 10,000 feet or so and is somewhat toasted. Don't tell my secret.


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One of you guys drive a green 60's ford PU?
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First time on a bike outside in 2 wks. I sprained my left ankle 3 wks. ago & found out this week that I have a 2 mm hairline fracture at the base of my left fibula, which explains the swelling and constant pain. Treatment is the same as for a sprain. Hence bike time has been at a minimum.

Today, however, Chris and I got out on the tandem in spring-like conditions. Gosh, that did me a world of good (although currently my ankle isn't happy; it doesn't hurt to ride).
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Both photos are great but the second one has very intriguing clouds--the lens of the camera must have had something to do with it--at least to some extent!?
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Both photos are great but the second one has very intriguing clouds--the lens of the camera must have had something to do with it--at least to some extent!?
iPhone, magnetic add-on fish-eye lens, a bit of photoshop to make the clouds pop too much.
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Took a wrong turn on the route to Bohemian Highway -- AFTER the local summit of Benett Valley Road. So I am glad I got my climb in, or mad I could have gone just a bit further down for ride part 2. Didn't realize until I was way, way offcourse. Still GORGEOUS and thank you Niners, almost NO CARS.

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A nice Calaveras Road/through Fremont/Palomares loop with Midland
http://app.strava.com/activities/40505630

We used my favorite super cycling friendly cut through across Milpitas/Fremont to get from Calaveras-Felter to Niles Canyon.
A stop at historic Mission San Jose was a highlight.

Last time I rode Palomares was during the '12 DMD and it was good to get back there. Set a PR up it chasing Midland as he pulled easily away. We hit it pretty good and hard today. Not bad form for February.

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Lazy Man's Loop in West Sonoma County: Sebastopol-Santa Rosa-Guerneville. http://app.strava.com/activities/40491668

Surprisingly few riders but maybe it was the sub-freezing morning temperatures? It was in the 60's in the sunny places by the time I got there. Not even ONE other rider on Gravenstein Hwy coming down towards Forestville & Graton.


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It was not the weekend but today was a beautiful day to ride up South Park Drive in the Berkeley hills--there were no cars because it is closed in the winter but for sure steep and a laborious pleasure going up.

Coming down Grizzly Peak is scary as usual due to the incredible amount of pot holes in the pavement with sharp edges, skyline is no better either--I wonder how many bicycle accidents have been reported (I know of one fatal last summer)

Nonetheless it was a nice day on the local roads!
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It was not the weekend but today was a beautiful day to ride up South Park Drive in the Berkeley hills--there were no cars because it is closed in the winter but for sure steep and a laborious pleasure going up.

Coming down Grizzly Peak is scary as usual due to the incredible amount of pot holes in the pavement with sharp edges, skyline is no better either--I wonder how many bicycle accidents have been reported (I know of one fatal last summer)

Nonetheless it was a nice day on the local roads!
And watch those tarred cracks with all the fog out. They'll put you down with a quickness.
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Solo near-century, with adventure.
Blog report with too much detail, but the photos are worth a look.
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Towing my kid on Canada Rd by the reservoir... hopefully I'll get a chance to try a better and longer solo ride on Sunday or Monday.
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We did thishttp://app.strava.com/activities/41178876 after running with the dogs for 3.1 miles.

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