Originally Posted by reidconti
how was it?
The ride was good. I took Homestead to Park to Santa Clara/Alum Rock Road. Homestead had a dedicated bike lane and Park had bike route markings. That stretch went pretty fast, but the going was pretty slow riding East on Santa Clara/Alum Rock Road with no bike lane and lots of red lights. That stretch isn't too long though. I just took two water bottles and filled up at Joseph Grant Park and again at the Observatory. There was a fountain at Grant Park right next to the entrance, probably only 100 feet or so off the road. The Observatory was open and I was just in time for a free, brief lecture about the big telescope there that was paid for by James Lick 120 years ago. Lick is buried in a tomb underneath the telescope. Sounds like the Observatory is one of the world's leaders in discovering new stars/planets.
There weren't very many cars on Mt. Hamilton road at all, but quite a few motorcycles. I probably saw about twelve other cyclists on Mt. Hamilton road. I generally ride towards the West when I am visiting here---Moody Road, Page Mill, Skyline, Alpine, Old La Honda, Kings Mtn Road, Highway 9, Hghw 84, Tunitas Creek etcetera, so this was a good change of pace. Seemed a little hotter going that East direction though. I want to ride Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tamalpais sometime too.
Thanks for your help.
Last edited by Skewer; 09-15-08 at 05:14 PM.