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    BF Spring Ride

    Well, this is also known as uspspro's ride to the peninsula. Well, we didn't actually make it to the peninsula.

    I met mtnwalker, bostic, bigsean, and ahpook at Peet's on Homestead and Foothill. We took a fairly brisk pace over to Robert's Market in Woodside. In fact, I think we got there 5-10 minutes before the northern peninsula group got there.

    We climbed Old La Honda, and by the time we got to the top, it was very foggy. The ground was pretty wet too. Bigsean didn't want to go down, as the weather and road conditions were pretty dicey. After much debating, the rest of the group decided to head back down 84, and head over through Portola Valley.

    On the way back through Portola Valley, we decided to climb Page Mill, and descend on Altimont. There is this well known turn, that is a little tricky, and caution should be taken into consideration here. Well, I didn't get that memo. I was going into that wacky turn, and my angle was terrible ... and I felt myself go out of control, and I think I had the barrier head on, and slid under it. Next thing I know, I'm down, with a really sore butt. Helmet was cracked pretty good too. Thank god for helmets.

    Just to ease everyone's concern, I am alright. I went to the doctor, and everything turned out negative. Now all I have to do is heal myself. I know my butt is going to be in huge pains in the morning, so I'm prepared for that.

    It's a good thing the rest of the ride into Los Altos was downhill. I wound up with 1 broken spoke, so that's the only casualty on the bike. We went to Peet's for coffee, and we relaxed there, while Bostic went home, and get his car, and drove me home.

    Other than that, it was a great ride. I'll be off the bike for a little while, but at least I wasn't injured really bad. No blood gushing or anything like that.

    Oh, and I did take lots of pictures.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    uspspro, our fearless leader


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    Spingineer, with the flower in his hair


    Taxi777 placing flowers in msincredible's hair


    msincredible, with the spring tulip


    msincredible returning the favor to taxi777


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    On the road


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    On Old La Honda .. Upenuf?


    kb5ql


    Blastradius at the summit at Skyline. Look at the fog in the background.


    Genejockey


    NorCal BF Representing


    msincredible arrives


    Blastradius, so fast, waiting for everyone again


    msincredible arriving at Altimont
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    Bostic, doing countless hill repeats


    Back at Peet's


    Enjoying Java


    Relaxing at Peet's
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Hey, sorry to hear about your fall, Ron. Lucky it was nothing worse!

    We had the same nasty weather in the Oakland hills. We did the 3 bears, then went up Wildcat Canyon and Grizzly Peak, down Skyline to San Leandro, then worked our way over to Redwood and followed that back to Pinehurst and then to Moraga. 75 miles, 6,500 feet of climbing. At the top Grizzly and then most of the way down Skyline, we had the same foggy, wet conditions. Plus, the temps were about 10 degrees colder at the top of Grizzly than it was down in Moraga.

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    The "EPIC" (Tulip) Ride

    [I composed this as a new thread, but a thread has since been posted, so pardon the first-postiness and duplication of efforts.]

    It was epic alright, for various reasons. Epic amounts of people, epic climbs (planned), epic weather, epic numbers of detours and split-ups, and, unfortunately, an epic wreck.

    I'd estimate that about 15-20 people showed up at the beginning of the ride. Pete had tulips for all of the ladies.



    Okay, one for Ron and Pete as well (It matched his bike and outfit, how very OCP!).



    First on the menu was a quick (ha!) jaunt up Epic, err, Old La Honda. For some of us (not me), it was more than once up the hill. Once up at the top, it was determined that the weather was a bit too piss-poor (it was) to ride in, so some people decided to head back, while others pressed on and split up on modified routes. What those routes are, I really have no idea. Lots of numbers and names that I'm not terribly familiar with, so someone else can fill in that information. Lots of fun descents and grueling (for some of us (me)) ascents, though.

    The first of a few roadside mechanic sessions.



    A while later, the luck and magic held within Ron's tulip apparently ran out...



    ...and he got in a pretty serious wreck. As I came around the corner of a steep descent, I saw him laying against a guardrail, with his bike a bit further down the road. After I found out that the power of the cantilever brakes on my bike far exceeds the ability of a bike tire to grip the road, and almost joined him (), I was extremely relieved to see him eventually start to move. He seems to be in one piece, with a huge amount of help from the helmet he was wearing at the time. Once we determined that he wasn't seriously injured, and was able to walk, we turned our attention to getting the rest of the way down the mountain. Ron's bike managed to avoid much serious damage, apparently just losing a spoke in the back wheel, a bar-end plug, and a big chunk of foam out of the seat. We were able to get it mechanically sound enough to make it down the mountain and to a place to stop and grab a bit to eat, and Ramon rode to his house to pick up his car.

    Some much-deserved snacking at Peet's Coffee.





    Ron's helmet got a boo-boo.



    Okay, it was a really, really large boo-boo.



    Afterward, Ramon took Ron home, a few people split off, and the rest of us did a bit more riding. My computer ended up with figures of about four hours of ride time, and about 52 miles. I doubt anyone else's computer says the same thing. It was all very scattered, for numerous, epic, reasons.

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    Great report and great pics Ron.

    I light of recent events(accidents), I didnt think it wise to proceed down into the cold wet fog. It is early spring and there will be plenty more days for the coastal routes. After riding down foothill and through Stevens Canyon, Pierce, Mt Eden and home via Los Gatos, I still managed 6000ft of climbing. AThe early brisk pace with Eric, then the group on the way to the Market reaelly tired my legs.

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    Thanks for the report and pictures guys, you pretty much said it all.

    Ron, coming around the corner and seeing you lying there under the guardrail completely still was one of my scariest moments ever. My heart was in my throat as I quickly pulled over and walked to you.

    I was so happy to see you start talking and moving around. Seeing the beating that your helmet took (the rear half of it was demolished) was amazing, I'm sure it totally saved you.

    I'm glad you're going to be ok, ice and Advil and lots of rest should help. And your bike ended up much better than it could have, all things considered. Heal up quick!

    Thanks Marco for organizing, Doug for all the alternate route suggestions, Doug and Henry for the emergency roadside bike assistance, Ramon for riding home to give Ron a ride, Pete for my tulip, and everybody for all of the wonderful company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    Ron, coming around the corner and seeing you lying there under the guardrail completely still was one of my scariest moments ever. My heart was in my throat as I quickly pulled over and walked to you.

    I was so happy to see you start talking and moving around. Seeing the beating that your helmet took (the rear half of it was demolished) was amazing, I'm sure it totally saved you.
    Paula, sorry for scaring you like that. I can only imagine how scary that sight must have been. I am just grateful that I was riding with such a fantastic group of friends, and I am really appreciative of everyone's support. Thanks to everyone and I promise not to scare everyone on the next ride (or at least that won't be my intention).
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Wow, Ron. Sorry to hear about your mishap but glad to hear you're doing well and in good spirits. Hope you heal quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    Paula, sorry for scaring you like that. I can only imagine how scary that sight must have been. I am just grateful that I was riding with such a fantastic group of friends, and I am really appreciative of everyone's support. Thanks to everyone and I promise not to scare everyone on the next ride (or at least that won't be my intention).
    I was right behind her, and I echo her sentiments. Once my mind interpreted what it was that I was seeing, my brain was a gridlock of horror, panic, fear, and swear words. It really wasn't a pretty sight.

    I have a feeling you're going to feel pretty awful in the morning. I hope it passes quickly, at least.

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    Geeze Ron !!!

    I on the other hand hung out at home today being a lazy sloth.

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    Get well soon, Ron. 2nd Skin or that J&J band aid that you leave on for weeks at a time is good stuff. Just keep it moist and covered.

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    Just woke up. Kind of a strange ride from the start. Picked up Henry and drove down to 92/Canada. I forgot the name of the bike store that was demo-ing bikes. They were pushing the hard sell, so with very little time I relented and let them set up a Trek Madone. Big mistake, instant bike lust. I rode it about 50 yards after all that work setting up but had to get going. Alex, Doug, Paula, Marco and Ruth we’re also there, so we headed to Roberts Market. Huge turnout. We road down to Old La Honda and Marco took of to the top barely touching the ground. I hung with Ramon just barely. I was bitter cold at the top.

    QPliu was In the throws of hypothermia after riding in the fog from Santa Cruz! Alan had enough of the cold and had done a ton of climbing already and went down with Qpliu to make sure he was ok. BigSean was not ready to take a chance in the cold and wet, and had one of those gut feelings that maybe it wasn’t the day to go out to the coast. I wasn’t quite sure where we were and kind of remained oblivious to our location. I just felt like riding and blindly following everyone else.

    We we’re beginning to enjoy ourselves after descending back to the valley.
    Ramone rolling up a Doobie for the gang.



    After a couple of stops and minor mechanical problems we ended up at Foothill College. 4 or 5 of us had gotten ahead of the pack. We waited for quite sometime. I started back tracking a bit. I started thinking the next hill, the next corner…Where are they? I started getting completely lost. I called Ron and Henry, but right to voice. So I just started heading North, at that point my BF ride was over. I did get a voice mail from Paula and was able to finally get Ron who told me the news of the crash. I’m glad I wasn’t there to see it. I’m sure it would have been pretty unnerving. Seeing friends getting hurt just freaks me out. That’s the area where I really suck. I’m a big baby, I probably would have fainted or something which in turn probably would have made everyone laugh their asses off : ( I’m glad Ron’s ok. I ended up at Roberts, ate some food and was going to do Kings Mountain to 35 but I was getting cold and tired. I had some of Henry’s stuff in my car so I didn’t want to miss him. I met everyone back at 92/Canada. I think I’m kind of worn out from this week. So off to sleep. I had a great time before I got lost. I hope the next ride isn’t as cold and the whole group is able to ride together a little longer. See ya next ride.
    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    I started back tracking a bit. I started thinking the next hill, the next corner…Where are they? I started getting completely lost. I called Ron and Henry, but right to voice. So I just started heading North, at that point my BF ride was over.
    Pete
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    I wanted to post this for my friend Roberta...Pardon the indulgence...

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    The "EPIC" (Tulip) Ride

    Okay, it was a really, really large boo-boo.

    Ron, ready to join the catlike whisper club?

    Last edited by kb5ql; 03-30-08 at 12:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kb5ql View Post
    That's it... 705s for everyone!!!
    That's my next bike toy!!

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    REPOSTING so you don't have to read the end of the other non-related thread...

    Here are some pics:

    Andrea at the top of OLH : 30.5 minutes. Not too shabby for a first timer.


    Somewhere on Portola


    Don't know who this is...


    x136 back on familiar flat territory. Causeway repeats just aren't doing it for him...


    Marco and Ruth


    Andrea ruining a great shot of the Bike Friday


    Ahhh Bike Friday. That's better.


    Thanks for the great ride. Sorry the weather didn't work out for us today. Hope you feel better soon Ron.

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    Here's the final route I ended up doing, 63.5 miles, 4500'.

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/BF-Tulip-Ride

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    What a day! Despite wrong turns, and split ups, and down right miserable weather up at the top of OLH, I had a lot of fun.

    That corner where Ron wiped out gave a lot of us trouble - and it wasn't even wet! IIRC, there's a left, then a right, and then that left. I slowed down a lot for the first two, after seeing the "Danger" sign. But they were easy, so I let my speed build up going into the next left...YIKES! I grabbed so much brakes I could feel the bike starting to squirm. That's an easy corner to misjudge.

    But I did realize that this is the second big BF ride I've been on, and the second where somebody wrecked (Alain P went over the guardrail on 84 the last time) - I think I must be a jinx!

    You know, I think it was colder at Canada and 92 when I got back to the car than it was when we rolled out this morning!
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    Great photos and reports. Too bad the weather didn't work out today.
    Ron, hope you heal quickly!
    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
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    Heal up quickly Ron. Now you have a reason to go shopping for bike schwag.

    Thanks everyone for a great ride. We'll tackle Tunitas soon enough...
    that fog was just miserable. I hope Peter made it home OK and without hypothermia.
    Alan, how was the Dim Sum?

    Here's the Little Yellow Taxi when we arrived at Canada/92 and x136 arrives
    for his assault on the Bay Area hills.

    taxi777 and his taxi

    x136



    Summit Bicycles was having their Trek demo day and after riding a new Madone,
    Pete was almost ready to pull out his credit card. Luckily we had to getting rolling
    so we could make it to Robert's Market in time.

    Rolling out from Canada/92.


    taxi777 (Pete)


    Ruth and x136 (Ruth and Alex)


    Genejockey and uspspro (Doug and Marco)


    msincredible (Paula) leading the pack



    We met up with the rest of the group at Robert's Market right on time. We had
    a tailwind already so we didn't have to work too hard. The AM tailwind doesn't bode
    well for the headwind situation on the way back though.



    spingineer (Ron) just before going up Old La Honda.



    Somewhere along the way we lost Ahpook (Eric) who didn't make the OLH turnoff.
    Was that you that sent me the TXT message? I hope you still got in a good ride.

    Here's QPLiu (Peter) at the top of OLH. He'd ridden there from Santa Cruz and was
    waiting in the cold for us to arrive. Pete loaned him the NorCal vest to help warm
    him up. Check out the fog behind him... it was so thick that dew dripping from the
    trees felt like rain. Standing to pedal up switchbacks would cause wheelspin.

    That's all the pics that turned out...

    You all know the rest of the story. In addition to x136, we also had Gary join us
    for the ride. He hasn't posted but maybe he'll sign up and post. He's a strong and
    knowledgeable rider. Thanks for coming out and hope to see you again.

    Henry

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    Glad you're OK.Ron. Hope it doesn't hurt too much Sunday morning.
    You talk a good game, but I myself never ever want to smack it in again.

    You guys, your ride looks too fun. All I did was go to the gym and spin a while....boring,
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