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Old 01-01-08, 07:31 PM   #1
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Mt. Diablo 1/1/08 Report

Sassy and I left on our Tandem at 8 a.m. in Walnut Creek. It was cold, about 37 degrees when we started. So faces and fingers were pretty frosty by the time we got to the meeting spot in Danville-about 30 minutes away. Luckily there is a Pete's Coffee right there and we had time, so we warmed up and stretched a little. At 9 a.m. we met up with the Valley Spokesman and others.
As we started up the South Side of the Mountain it was a little foggy but got into the sun quickly.
Let me just say what a special day it was. There had to have been at least 200 riders climbing the mountain with us. It is quite a special feeling.
Those of you who know the mountain can attest to the climb. You definitely earn it especially at the top where there is a final 500 meter/18% grade climb, affectionately called the "Wall" or the "%*$@!^". This morning there was a 30+ person cheering group made up of cyclists, hikers, joggers, drivers and motorcyclists. Strangely enough the weather at the top was downright balmy at around 60 degrees. About a 20 degree difference with the temps at the bottom when starting.
We saw 4 other tandems and told a couple about this forum.
It was a great way to bring in the new year- 47 miles 4,000 ft.

Happy New Year to Everyone out there - Health and Happiness!!

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Old 01-01-08, 07:46 PM   #2
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Good job! I rode from my house in Antioch, over Morgan Territory to the South Gate and up to the Junction. My husband met me at the Junction and we cruised back down to the north gate where he had parked.

It was a good training ride. I've got a much longer write up on our website - tandemhearts.com.

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I went up Diablo today too... along with everybody else. Never been up there with so many people going up (and down). Left the house at 11am and summitted at almost 1pm. Saw quite a few tandems descending as I was climbing. On the way down, had to slam on the brakes pretty hard on a few occasions to avoid the cars trying to pass in my lane. Met someone who took a spill and accompanied him for the rest of the descent. Yeah, the drop in temps from the summit to the base was really surprising... brrr

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Old 01-01-08, 08:45 PM   #4
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Zippy: Sounds like a great ride, bet it was cold out there on Morgan Territory in the shade... Going to check out your write up

AlainP: Was awesome seeing all of the people on the mountain today. Good job on helping out a fellow rider
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Now i feel bad. I shoulda done it too.
I played tennis for almost 4 hours, then got in a quick 20. But I should hav one the mountain. Bad me....
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Happy New Year Smooooth and Sassy. Great ride to start out the New Year. Velodiva did the San Bruno Hill climb race and afterward, she and I did a 32 mile tandem ride. She will post something on the race when we get results.
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I started at 8 and went up the North Gate - didn't see a SOUL until the Upper Washout (about mile 3.6) and it was a guy who's been running Diablo on NYD ever since 1976 and his friend on a mountain bike.

Didn't get passed by anyone all the way up and didn't see anyone coming down until Blue Oak about mile 8. I think I was the 13th cyclist to Summit for the year. On the way down about 10 o'clock there were hundreds of runners and riders coming up.





Also there was a jeep that flipped over at the Bump, where Burma Trail crosses. Not sure what happened there, neither was the Ranger. Another rider I talked to said she had seen an ambulance going down with its lights on so that was probably the driver.

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should buff right out!

Oh, and the first pic is excellent!
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Good job, you two! I wish we'd been on that ride -- even if we'd been dropped the exhilaration at the top is worth the humbling. (And we need the practice conquering "The Wall." )

Way to bring in the New Year!
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The shot from the summit is gorgeous and inspiring. I'm impressed!
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The shot from the summit is gorgeous and inspiring. I'm impressed!
You have too many bikes in your signature - they are falling off the page It is a nice problem to have. Someday you will see my bicycle stable
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[QUOTE=DiabloScott;5909516]I started at 8 and went up the North Gate - didn't see a SOUL until the Upper Washout (about mile 3.6) and it was a guy who's been running Diablo on NYD ever since 1976 and his friend on a mountain bike.

Nice pics Diablo Scott
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OK, one of my blog readers gave me the 411 on the Jeep. The photo below is from Dec 30, three days before the incident. This is what I call "The Three Mile Bump" - a section of 10% grade, steepest chunk of North Gate Road. Burma trail crosses NGR right here. This photo is looking downhill.



The driver was going uphill and parked on the left of this photo, leaving the Jeep in neutral with the parking brake on, then went for a walk on the trail. While he was away, the parking brake let go and the Jeep rolled across the road, into the ditch, and flipped.

Would have been scary if a rider were climbing up and saw a vehicle rolling backwards out of control. I'm glad no one was hurt.

Lessons learned: keep it in gear when you park.
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D'oh!!

That is a beotch of a bump. Several years back, in another life, when I was fat and waaay out of shape, I was huffing and puffing at that section. I looked back to see a rider rapidly approaching. I thought to myself, "..no problem...youngsters pass me all the time.." Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be somebody in their 60's!!
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Benridin: Bet u won't get back in that condition anytime soon

That is a good story.
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