I work and live in Seattle, but flew down to the Bay Area last weekend for a little road cycling. I recently bought a Ritchey Break-Away road bicycle, which neatly fits within a suitcase. Business travel to California just got a lot better.
I've never ridden in California before. It was a quite hot 80-degree weekend in Cupertino, where I was staying. Coming from the Northwest I really love to climb hills, and I was eyeballing them on Saturday from the business hotel. On Sunday, I assembled my bicycle, and left the strip-mall/housing-tract-valley behind. I went west and climbed the hills surrounding Stevens Creek State Park. What a treat!
I met some really nice cyclists along the way, when I stopped at some sandwich shop in Saratoga Village. Had I had more time, I would have visited Hakone Gardens or tried to make my way further west.
I plan to return in a few weeks for riding around Marin County. I'll let you know how his goes.