This is a placeholder, so that Pete doesn't have a cow ...
Anyhow, it was a fantabulous ride, and great turnout. Special thanks to AlainP for being the token local, and leading the route (better than I could). And thanks to benriding, for leading us through the special route from Walnut Creek back to Danville.
I got to show off my new Chipotle-Slipstream kit ... I think I know why it was being sold at huge discounts ... saw a small slit in the jersey inside the pocket. Oh well.
AlainP led a nice easy going pace leading out, then after 2 miles of spinning, the hammer went down. Up went the pace ... I think it was because Pete was dying to get to Starbucks.
We got to Starbucks, and later on, we met up with cccorlew, beaker, overthere among others. From there we headed the charge up Diablo. My camera inadvertently fell out of my jersey, so after retrieving it, I found myself in a familiar place, at the back. I checked out the camera, and all is functional. It didn't suffer the spectacular crashes that Pete's cameras had.
By the time we go near the Ranger's Station, the wind started picking up ... well, howling is more like it. It was starting to affect my climbing. As I reflect on it, it may have been a bit psychological, but whatever, I made it to the top!
An added bonus was at the last steep pitch of the climb, I could hear the guys who were already at the top, cheering, yelling, encouraging me up the top. I had no idea what they said, but it was a good adrenline charge. All I knew was I put my head down, grit with every pedal stroke, and exert every little joule of energy stored left in my system, and push it up to the top.
Dang it was windy at the top. I saw LanceOldstrong talking to his wife on the phone, but I'm not sure how she could hear. The wind was howling really strong.
The challenge now was descending. I think I held back about 25% as I didn't want to get blown off the mountain.
Some of the group went straight back down South gate, while the rest of us continued down North gate.
I saw Curtis's post in the other thread ... I hope Overthere made it back okay. Hopefully, she will post on here, just to know everything is okay.
Pics coming ...