So after the cancellations, bail outs, and no shows, I figure this would be a really small ride. But I was thinking to myself there's nothing wrong with a small group of riders. This way, you know what the level of riders are, and it is a more cohesive group.
As it turns out, I did have a small, but quality turnout. At the start, SesameCrunch, Zorro, and Bostic showed up. It must have been a CSC kit day, because 3 of us were donning CSC wears.
It was a gorgeous day for a bike ride. It was still arm warmer weather, still brought my vest jacket. Uspspro called us at the start of the ride, as he was running late, and will join us on the ride.
We decided not to go to the races after all, but did a healthy route (aka hilly). We did option C, which meant going up Magdelena to Stonebrook, rollies of Elena, climbing Natoma and Black Mountain, steep climbs up Westridge, and then the creme de la creme ... King's Mountain. We also added West Old La Honda, because we just didn't have enough climbing yet.
I checked at the 8.5 mile mark of the route, and we had already climbed 1000 feet! I felt a little guilty subjecting SesameCrunch (who had played 4 hours of tennis yesterday) and Zorro (who has not done a lot of riding .... this was his second ride of the year). The constant theme of this ride is "Ooh, I've never been through here before". I deliberately chose a route like this to venture into roads that most people never heard of and to give them a pleasant scenic surprise.
We met up with Marco (uspspro) at the old historic general store at the corner of Tripp Rd and King's Mountain. By then, we had already done 2000 feet of climbing! And here we are to do 2000 more feet of climbing.
As usual, uspspro was charging up the hill, followed closely by Bostic. Zorro and I pulled up the rear. I bumped into a few friends from Western Wheelers, and it turns out they are doing the same route we are doing. When I finally got up to the top, who do I see there ... Blastradius. What??? I thought he had prior engagements ... had to see a trainer or something .... well, he was there with a friend, and they went off-roading ... about 6 miles of mountain biking. Hmmm ... well that was a big surprise. That got me thinking that maybe we'll see msincredible and taxi777 later on the ride ... but that was not the case
We proceeded towards Skylonda, and we then decided to go down 84, then climb West Old La Honda. It's a nice short climb, and not too steep or tough. Again, we were riding the same course as Western Wheelers, and I bumped into my friends Steve and Cheryl, who passes me up, and that gave me an extra boost of adrenaline.
Coming down the mountain, a few guys were getting hungry, and we stopped at Robert's Market in Woodside. Now picture this ... in celebration of my birthday, we are sitting on the ground, eating sandwiches, in front of the market. You'll get a kick out of the picture.
Uspspro continued to ride with us almost all the way back to the start. He had to turn back home, so that we wouldn't get back in darkness.
To those that came on the ride, thank you very much for celebrating my birthday with me by going on this ride. Imagine ... celebrating my birthday by going on a torture fest ride. I really do appreciate it guys.
Distance: 58.31 miles (give maybe an additional mile, since I forgot to reset my computer)
Altitude Gain: 5789 feet (yeah, 100 feet/mile)
Average Speed: 13.4 mph
Total Riding Time: 4:20:23
Now, what do I do about a recovery ride.