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    Quote Originally Posted by tprevost View Post
    Rode the 50 miler (well, more like 42, we cut off the Lompoc loop) at Solvang on Saturday on the tandem. It was our 5th ride on it and it was a blast!!! Other than it being a little windy at times, it was perfect!
    We did the full century. After the 3rd stop in Santa Maria we had a tail wind, but it disappeared during the Foxen Canyon climb. On top of the Wall (after the last stop) it found us again and pushed us and the tandem into the road. It was pretty brutal.

    It was my 3rd time to ride Solvang and was the best yet, weather-wise. So happy to have sun and not hail.
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    After Saturday's long day consisting of TT, Memorial Ride, etc (95 total miles)...

    I went for a ride with my girlfriend Ruth on Sunday.

    We did a variation of Alan's coast/back road route.

    Start was in HMB @ Main Street and HWY 1 near the "half moon" statue and the fire station.

    You can see the old ride report from Alan's ride for the intended route, which was:

    HWY 1 (S) -> Gazos Creek -> Cloverdale -> Pescadero Creek -> Food at Pescadero -> Pescadero Creek -> Up Haskins -> Down to 84 -> 84 W to Stage @ San Gregorio -> Stage Rd -> HWY 1(N) -> Start/End Point

    We were ripping down HWY 1 Southbound with a great tailwind. Infact, I think we were traveling at around the same speed as the wind. When we were riding it felt totally calm, but when we stopped the wind was really crazy

    Unfortunately, I got a pretty bad flat and actually ripped the sidewall of my rear tire. The flat happened just a mile or so north of Gazos Creek. So I changed the tube and put a patch on the inside of the tire where the rips was. However, apparently the patch was too flexible and did not have enough surface area to keep the tube from protruding from the rip. Thus the the replacement tube blew out about 5 mins later . I So on my second fix, I used a folded up wrapper inside of the tire, and it worked like a charm .

    I also took a couple minor wrong turns as shown in my Bikely map I missed the Cloverdale turn off becasue it seemed like we were on Gazos Creek longer last time. After a few miles, I realized I was not in the right place . Also, I made the right turn on Pescadero Creek from Cloverdale to head for Haskins Hill, then I realized that the town/food was actually slightly west of Cloverdale. So we turned around to get food, of course!

    So because of the flats and couple wrong turns, we decided to cut the route a little shorter.

    Cloverdale was beautiful, but the winds were CRAZY. Worse then the time I rode with Alan and Co. I kept slowing to make sure Ruth didn't lose my wheel. I feared the wind might send her riding backwards Just kidding, I was just doing my part to decrease her suffering But seriously, the wind was BRUTAL!

    Then we got to Pescadero. After eating our delicious sandwiches and pastries, I decided that we would just take Stage Road from Pascadero all the way up to it's intersection with HWY 1.

    This was the first time I had ever ridden Stage Road south of HWY 84. Usually I just do the last climb between 84 and 1. Well, what a treat it was. The beginning was a bit windy, but then the wind subsided. We were presented with beautiful views of the hills, valleys and the ocean, as well as some pretty descent climbs. I paced Ruth, and made sure she kept her cadence up. I stayed with her the whole time. I was very proud of her efforts on the hills

    On the last climb on Stage Rd there was a crazy Bull on one of the hills. He was moo-ing pretty loud and stamping around, so I moo-ed back. and he stopped and GLARED at us. I thought he was going to try and charge the fence then the cow ran up the hill as we were climbing. It was funny, because I was making jokes about the cow while Ruth was suffering on that last climb trying to make her relaxed.

    Back to fighting the wind going northbound on HWY 1. More brutal headwinds!

    I told Ruth about how Pete took the one-handed picture on that decent near the cliff view, even though It was just as windy as what we were riding in.

    Finally we made it back to the finish.

    55 miles
    Apx. 3400 feet of climbing and lots of headwind
    Average Speed = Don't ask... Don't tell

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    Pictures next post...
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    See above post for report:

    PICTURES (Unfortunately our digicam is too bulky, and we have nobody with the camera skills of Pete for on-ride photos )

    Pigeon Point Light House




    Man... I got a lot of sun that weekend.




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    Nice pics Marco. What a cute couple!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastRadius View Post
    Nice pics Marco. What a cute couple!
    Yes indeed. I still envy you guys who get to ride the coast like that on a regular basis.

    My new (warrantied) rim showed up at the LBS this morning, so I went and picked it up. After eight loooong days I finally have my bike back, so you can bet I'll be doing some hill attacks tomorrow morning.

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    since my weekend is midweek...

    two segments to today's ride:

    danville/walnut creek and SF/lower marin via the golden gate bridge (where nearly all climbing took place).

    • danville to BART walnut creek by way of: camino tassajara and diablo rd to downtown. rode with a friend from there up the iron horse trail (the boulevard is a straight, easy shot, but i tire of the repetition... and the pockmarked pavement) to the staging area at s. main and rudgear, then up s. main into downtown. we parted (briefly) at mt. diablo blvd.; i went left, then right up n. california to the station.

    • san francisco to mill valley and return: from embarcadero station, instead of following the embarcadero (as we usually do), we opted to go take drumm -> jackson -> front -> broadway -> columbus -> beach to get to fort mason. from there, along the marina blvd./mason st. sidepath to lincoln blvd. and up to the bridge, which, do to it unfortunately being prior to 3:30, we had to cross via the east path. from the vista point, it was down alexander and into sausalito, then along a MUP up to miller in mill valley for a late lunch at joe's taco. reverse trip took us to the bridge via fort baker instead of climbing alexander. by the time we got back to bridge, the west path was open. from there, it was the familiar route along the marina sidepath back to fort mason. due to BART's bike blackout--and a reluctance to using AC transit to get back to the east bay--we lounged around in aquatic park for awhile before setting out for market st. via polk. from civic center, we rode down market to embarcadero (had intended to go to the ferry building, but it was almost time for the bike restriction to end.

    • walnut creek to danville was primarily a repeat of the same downtown streets ridden to BART, except this time we rode the trail between newell and rudgear, then down danville blvd.

    riding rough pavement in SF reminds me of how fortunate i am to enjoy danville's heavenly road surfaces.

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    That's a beautiful way to see the bay.

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    I decided to try out the Mt. Diablo loop that Curtis posted in another thread. I came home thinking the mountain had defeated me, but when I mapped it out, it turned out that I had missed the turn from Northgate to Southgate, and had actually made it about halfway up Summit Road instead. Whoops! No wonder it seemed to get harder and harder!



    Oh well, it was a lovely day, perfect for a ride. Lots of people out. The descent back down Northgate was a bit too twisty, uneven, and unknown for all-out speed, but it still felt great coming back down. I may have melted my brake pads off, though.

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    Hey, x136, I think I photographed that same batch of poppies on my ride up Diablo!

    I rode the neighborhood with Tricia. I managed to talk her into playing model in the mustard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    Hey, x136, I think I photographed that same batch of poppies on my ride up Diablo!

    I rode the neighborhood with Tricia. I managed to talk her into playing model in the mustard.

    Great Picts Marco and Curtis. What the hell. This forum is turning into Cosmopolitan on line!

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    I was doing my recovery ride after some hill attacks yesterday and some dude went blowing right past me. Well, I'll be damned if someone is gonna make me look like a slowpoke, so my recovery ride turned into a brisk jaunt through the orchards. When we stopped at a crossroads we got to talking a bit, and were discussing some of the routes in the area. He was a real nice guy, but he (I) ruined my recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    Hey, x136, I think I photographed that same batch of poppies on my ride up Diablo!
    It may not be the same bunch, but look at the background. It's at least very close by. Creepy!

    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    Great Picts Marco and Curtis. What the hell. This forum is turning into Cosmopolitan on line!
    I can post a picture of my ugly mug, if you'd like for that trend to be broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    It may not be the same bunch, but look at the background. It's at least very close by. Creepy!

    I can post a picture of my ugly mug, if you'd like for that trend to be broken.
    So where are some picts of you anyway?
    the day I rode with you I forgot my camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    So where are some picts of you anyway?
    There are a few around. Generally I like to hide behind/from the camera, though.

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    Yesterday, after getting home from Taiwan around midday, I took the Birdy for a little spin down to REI to pick up a lock for it. Boy, does this bike generate attention!

    Today I wanted to start getting my climbing legs back in shape. Went up Page Mill, then N on Skyline all the way to 92, then the short bit on 92 to continue on Skyline to Crystal Springs. Back through town to the bay trail to Foster City. Between being a bit out of shape and the time change, my legs (and brain) feel a bit like jelly. It was beautiful out though, too bad I forgot my camera today.

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    My last day of spring break.... Tricia and I did a Diablo Junction loop, and added in a little jaunt through the wilds of Walnut Creek.
    We did see something I knew was on Diablo, but hadn't seen myself before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    My last day of spring break.... Tricia and I did a Diablo Junction loop, and added in a little jaunt through the wilds of Walnut Creek.
    Hey Curtis,
    I think I may have seen you and Tricia on your way down South Gate Road around 10:30ish around or near the Rock City area. I was on my way up. Were you wearing a red/black jacket? Anyway, the weather was beautiful up there today.

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    That's about the right time, but I wore my orange "crash test" jersey and a yellow vest for the decent. Tricia had on a yellow jacket on the way down.

    But YEAH the weather was stunning! What a great day.
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    What a gorgeous day to ride! Everything was so GREEN, except for plants and trees that were in bloom!

    I rode from San Mateo down to Palo Alto and back. A nice 50 miles, but for some reason, it completely toasted my legs.
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    Drove up to San Francisco to do my ride. After getting some red on the arms yesterday I got into my suntan lotion suit and headed out. Headed over to Twin Peaks to tackle some steep stuff. Clayton, Clarendon, Twin Peaks blvd. Too many tourists so I proceeded down to Portola to get to my nemesis. Dalewood way. It starts at wheelie % grade and never lets up the entire long block. A little past the half way point straight was not possible so I zig zagged the rest. I didn't stop though so I was happy about that.



    Rode down Portola to Sloat and a nice easy downhill to get to the beach. Up the Cliff House hill then left to Seal Rock/Clement to climb up to the Legion of Honor. Down the back side and over to Lincoln blvd to get to the bridge.

    Going underneath the freeway there was an entire fleet of those mini electric cars tourists rent. And of course ever single one was honking the high pitched horn.

    Bridge traffic was very busy, rental bikes everywhere. Nice quick descent to Sausalito without too much wind blowing me around. Rather than taking the path and Pete route to Mt. Tam I decided to do my old route I used to ride years ago, via 1. Bad idea, waaaay too much traffic that entire ride up until the right turn for Panoramic Highway. Paced myself the rest of the way up, most of the time in the same 34x23 gear. The road is in really bad shape up the last shaded area until the right turn on to Pantoll. It was a fantastic view the rest of the ride up, I need a compact camera.

    After resting for a bit I started on the journey back. Made great time down all the hills. I'll have to try coming up this way because that one hill, Molino, seems pretty darn steep. On the way back through Sausalito one guy on a Specialized was trying his best to turn the hurt on. I was riding along with someone on a nice Ibis cross bike. Those two took turns attacking until the hill leading out. The Ibis rider pulled over and I stopped looking at the rising heart rate monitor as I turned on the jets to catch the other guy. To the three ladies, sorry, I didn't yell On your left loud enough. I think one was pretty upset when I passed. The bridge was still busy on the way back so it was cat and mouse trying to get that guy escaping. Ultimately he turned left and I went right at the 28th 19ave bus stop, but I made great time getting back!
    After all that chasing I took my time up the last small hill before going all out on Lincoln for the descent. All for nothing as I had to slam the brakes where cars were making turns way too late to get to Baker's beach. 59.3 miles total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostic View Post
    Drove up to San Francisco to do my ride. After getting some red on the arms yesterday Rode down Portola to Sloat and a nice easy downhill to get to the beach. Up the Cliff House hill then left to Seal Rock/Clement to climb up to the Legion of Honor. Down the back side and over to Lincoln blvd to get to the bridge.

    Going underneath the freeway there was an entire fleet of those mini electric cars tourists rent. And of course ever single one was honking the high pitched horn.

    . 59.3 miles total.
    I had the same sunburn! I could of never done those hills with you, with the other half. Some day your up here on a Sunday and She doesn't feel like riding I'll do the whole nine yards or we can just jam over and do Tam and really burn the Quads. I'm a little sore after yesterday, I kind of hammered Tam but, felt great. We did a leasurely in the city, but your right with the tourist factor and too many of those stinky little noisy 2 cylinder crap cans...Arrrrgh somebody shoot them!!
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    Copperopolis on Saturday. It was brutal. But I did all 3 laps in Cat5. Not sure about the placement (I think I'm in 30-40 range out of 50).
    Solo recovery ride on Sunday.
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    Did copperopolis Sat. After crashing two weeks ago my back hasn't been the same. Was sitting in the top ten on the last lap's climb and something popped. Rolled in with strong feeling legs and weak back. Sunday rode up redwood gulch and 9 to big basin. Did some of the side roads and returned for a nice 4ish hour ride. Why didn't someone tell me how beautiful it is down there? What a great weekend (painful backs aside!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnRide View Post
    Sunday rode up redwood gulch and 9 to big basin. Did some of the side roads and returned for a nice 4ish hour ride. Why didn't someone tell me how beautiful it is down there?
    Shhhh!

    Bummer about your back, but I'm hoping to hear good news from the rest of the Green Machine boys at Copperopolis!?!?
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    Did a ride with the team on Saturday. Did alot of attacking and chasing down attack. Also did a ton of pulling. Great ride, better work out. Im now on a rest week. Today did a fast paced 21 mile ride to open up the legs a bit.

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