[EDIT] - Ride date was Sunday, 11/30, not 12/2 which was the post date! [\EDIT]
This may have been my last Bay Area ride before heading back home to Austin...but it was a goody!
My brother and I rode a loop starting at El Monte/Foothill. We went south on Foothill, under 280 and up Stevens Canyon to Montebello. We climbed to the gate then proceeded on the dirt portion to Page Mill. Down Page Mill to Moody, through Foothill College to El Monte and home.
A couple observations:
- The first two (?) miles of Montebello is a bear. Steeper than the rest of the climb.
- The dirt portion between the gate and Page Mill is longer and more rugged than I expected.
The first portion of the "unpaved" section is a poorly maintained asphalt road. Eventually, the asphalt disappears and it's just a dirt road. The biggest climb is about 2/3 of the way to Page Mill. It's pretty short and steep but not difficult. Unfortunately, I hit a rock near the top and flatted my rear tire. There was damage to the sidewall, so I put a patch on the inside of the tire and also booted the area with a clif bar wrapper. At 70 psi the sidewall was showing a little bulge, so I stopped pumping there and rode the rest of the way at low pressure, trying to avoid bumps that would cause a pinch flat.
Our intention was to ride to Skyline once we hit Page Mill but given my compromised tire, we headed down. Each turn gave me more confidence in my tire and my speed slowly increased but I still descended in a cautious manner.
Here are a few pics:
My brother and me at the top of "paved" Montebello (me on the left)
Me riding a portion of "unpaved" Montebello
Me fixing my flat (with my BF jersey poking through my vest)
Our return may be delayed a week, in which case, weather pending, I'm hoping to talk my brother into climbing Mt. Hamilton this weekend.
Oh...I started my stopwatch at the bottom of Montebello. Our time to the gate was a smokin' (as in 'what were you smokin'?) 1 hour and 5 minutes. We were passed by several riders but managed to pass a couple on their MTBs.