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Old 09-28-08, 10:42 PM   #1226
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Today I explored, seeing how I can add a bit more climbing to my normal workday morning ride. Found Tartan Trail Rd in Hillsborough, not too bad.
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I was originally going to do OLH, skyline, and come back down either Canada Rd. or Kings Mountain.

Unfortunately, I flipped off my bike head first a block or so from my house (oops). I probably should've just stopped there, but being full of adrenaline from the crash, I road the sandhill/alpine loop.

Then the pain sunk in. mm
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I was originally going to do OLH, skyline, and come back down either Canada Rd. or Kings Mountain.

Unfortunately, I flipped off my bike head first a block or so from my house (oops). I probably should've just stopped there, but being full of adrenaline from the crash, I road the sandhill/alpine loop.

Then the pain sunk in. mm
Ouch! Hope you heal up quickly. What caused the crash?
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Old 09-30-08, 09:27 AM   #1229
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Ouch! Hope you heal up quickly. What caused the crash?
I ended up squeezing the brakes too fast when I saw a lady with a baby carriage turn a corner. I had plenty of time to stop, but I got a lil ahead of myself and ended up locking my front wheel. :/. Next time I will wait at least 30 minutes after drinking coffee before I ride hehe.
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Today I explored, seeing how I can add a bit more climbing to my normal workday morning ride. Found Tartan Trail Rd in Hillsborough, not too bad.
Yeah, that one is pretty good. Also try Ascension and Bunker Hill.
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Old 10-04-08, 11:54 PM   #1231
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Yeah, that one is pretty good. Also try Ascension and Bunker Hill.
I decided to combine Tartan Trail with the steep bit of Alameda, did that on Thursday, felt good.

I took Alameda all the way back to Crystal Springs but think I need to turn off early so I can actually get some work done during the day.

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/FC-hilly-loop

Got some travel coming up, but I'll try your suggestions when I'm back home for a bit.
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Old 10-04-08, 11:56 PM   #1232
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I ended up squeezing the brakes too fast when I saw a lady with a baby carriage turn a corner. I had plenty of time to stop, but I got a lil ahead of myself and ended up locking my front wheel. :/. Next time I will wait at least 30 minutes after drinking coffee before I ride hehe.
Hope you are feeling better now!
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Today I did OLH, Skyline and down Kings Mountain, and back home.

It was a bit wet but not too bad. Nice and quiet, except for one moment.

I was climbing on Skyline from Alice's up to Kings Mountain, and heard a car come up behind me.
I made sure I was on the right, and waited for it to pass.
However, it just hung out behind me.

Then, I heard a very loud crackling noise, which really startled me.
Turns out it was a cop. He turned on his loudspeaker to talk to me.
"Stay to the right. Please be very careful of the cars. Don't cross the double yellow."

Then he passed me, and I waved to him.
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Old 10-05-08, 05:05 PM   #1234
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Today I rode from Fairfield to Vacaville, rode with RedRider and cgallagh to Gordon Valley, then went solo over Mt. George into Napa County, Up Atlas Peak, Back over Mt. George to Gordon Valley and Fairfield. It was 80.85 miles and 7988 feet of climbing. Descending Mt George a couple of cars used the turnouts to let me pass. For a second I felt fast.

Here's the huge Redwood Gorilla on the lower part of Atlas Peak. Sorry for the camera phone pic.:
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Old 10-05-08, 05:10 PM   #1235
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Started out on Bostic's Knee Replacement training ride. Did the first half of it, as I didn't want to hold everyone back when they went to do tres hombres climbs. I did manage to get up Redwood Gulch, Toll Road-Saratoga Heights, and Montebello. I still managed to get 40 miles, 4000 feet climbing. Finished the ride by noon, and have the rest of the day free!
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Ah, so you did the "Knee Massage" ride?
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Old 10-05-08, 06:23 PM   #1237
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Today I did OLH, Skyline and down Kings Mountain, and back home.

It was a bit wet but not too bad. Nice and quiet, except for one moment.

I was climbing on Skyline from Alice's up to Kings Mountain, and heard a car come up behind me.
I made sure I was on the right, and waited for it to pass.
However, it just hung out behind me.

Then, I heard a very loud crackling noise, which really startled me.
Turns out it was a cop. He turned on his loudspeaker to talk to me.
"Stay to the right. Please be very careful of the cars. Don't cross the double yellow."

Then he passed me, and I waved to him.
Man...Of course you know he was just checking you out!!
Chicks are so naive to the ways of the Wolf
Take it from from one....
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Old 10-05-08, 06:25 PM   #1238
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Today I rode from Fairfield to Vacaville, rode with RedRider and cgallagh to Gordon Valley, then went solo over Mt. George into Napa County, Up Atlas Peak, Back over Mt. George to Gordon Valley and Fairfield. It was 80.85 miles and 7988 feet of climbing. Descending Mt George a couple of cars used the turnouts to let me pass. For a second I felt fast.
Sounded like a great time...I miss riding with those two
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Turns out it was a cop. He turned on his loudspeaker to talk to me.
"Stay to the right. Please be very careful of the cars. Don't cross the double yellow."
I got reprimanded by a cop today too.. I was riding to the meetup for Bostic's ride, 7am on Agnew in Santa Clara... cop coming the other way flashed his high beams at me a few times as I rode along the bike lane towards him. The sun wasn't over the mountains, but it was plenty light and no doubt after the official sunrise. I had my taillamp going but no headlamp. I just rode by, hoping if he turned around to harass me it'd take him more than 30 seconds, since by then I'd be on the trail...
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Old 10-05-08, 07:36 PM   #1240
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We did a short ride thru Pinole to Alhambra Valley Road - Alhambra Ave - Carquinez Scenic Drive - San Pablo Ave - Home. 39 miles and 2989ft of climbing even though it felt like more. Here is a pic of DW at the Al Zamba Bridge lookout in Crockett with her 80s vintage Merckx jersey.
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Old 10-05-08, 09:05 PM   #1241
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China Camp...awesome awesome. My SS met it's match, had to walk a section or two. I stood up once and pedaled as hard as I could but ended up going backwards instead.
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Rode the Loomis loop and combined it with a loop around Folsom. 65 miles. 3500 feet.
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Took my 9 year old up to Mt. Hamilton via the same route as the BF Memorial and Labor Day rides. 37 miles, 4800 ft of climbing, 3 hour ascent to the top, saw two tarantulas, a deer, a llama, and goats! He had a blast!

So Close!


Made it!


Proud papa!


And an added bonus any little boy would love to see. We spent over five minutes stopped on the side of the rode hoping this tarantula makes it to his destination without qetting squashed. More than ten cars passed over him while we were watching. Hope he's still alive...

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On Saturday, the Konocti Challenge century, circumnavigating Clear Lake and adding in the hill villages of Hobergs and Cobb. Showers off and on, but never any real driving rain. It's a nice ride, scenic, low traffic (except for short stretches on highway 29), and great BBQ at the finish.
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China Camp...awesome awesome. My SS met it's match, had to walk a section or two. I stood up once and pedaled as hard as I could but ended up going backwards instead.
How fast did you go backwards? !
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Took my 9 year old up to Mt. Hamilton via the same route as the BF Memorial and Labor Day rides. 37 miles, 4800 ft of climbing, 3 hour ascent to the top, saw two tarantulas, a deer, a llama, and goats! He had a blast![/IMG]
9 years old...Hamilton? Wow!
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Took my 9 year old up to Mt. Hamilton via the same route as the BF Memorial and Labor Day rides. 37 miles, 4800 ft of climbing, 3 hour ascent to the top, saw two tarantulas, a deer, a llama, and goats! He had a blast!
That's awesome - I'll bet that Dad had a blast too.
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Today was our first tandem ride since 3 Sisters 3 weeks ago. We met Scotty and rode to the Wooden Valley Cross/Wooden Valley intersection. He went left and you can read his report. We went right and finished the ride in a respectable time, given our tandem layoff. The ride, the weather, the day was just fabulous and darned near perfect. I had drudge-work the rest of the day and this ride kept me happy all day.

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rode with a whole bunch of other filipino dudes for the first annual siclista classic. freemont to calaveras by way of niles canyon. gorgeous area. still fighting a cold and skipped the sierra road option. ... well organized and supported ride... met fellow BFer Knotty. ... superunleaded - where you at?
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rode with a whole bunch of other filipino dudes for the first annual siclista classic. freemont to calaveras by way of niles canyon. gorgeous area. still fighting a cold and skipped the sierra road option. ... well organized and supported ride... met fellow BFer Knotty. ... superunleaded - where you at?
Hey slabby, it was indeed a pleasure to meet up with you and it was a great ride with a really friendly bunch. That was the first group ride in better than 30 years for me and had no idea what to expect.

When the ride went up Niles, I was doing great with the fast pace and was able to keep up with my young lady friend I went with but she kept telling me to stay with the lead group but to no avail, (when you can't, you can't you know?) soon they disappeared up Paloma Rd. and I never saw her again. Joy turned to extreme sadness.

Well, time for some serious intensity stuff, enough of that solo comfort zone stuff.

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