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Old 01-01-09, 05:05 PM   #1
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Lake Loop, 1/1/09

I met up this morning with Chris and Deb, along with several others from a local Vacaville cycling club (at least, I think that's where it's based). It was a pretty chilly and foggy start, and never really got any better as we rode.

We rode the Lake Loop, which goes by Lake Barryessa, and I believe is part of the route on day 2 of the Amgen Tour of CA. Last time I rode this we rode it the other direction, but I had a much easier time of it on the climbs. The climb up Cardiac was (dare I say it?) almost easy!

And just like the last time, I got a flat. Got it changed out just fine, now I need to patch the tube for a spare. I like that Topeak Road Morph pump that I bought. It pumped up the tire pretty quick and the pressure gauge was quite handy.

I also discovered that a muddy Speedplay cleat doesn't clip or unclip very well. I had to clean it out with a stick to get to where I could clip in. Then it was a real bear unclipping. I need to get that cleaned out the rest of the way when the mud drys.

I rode a total of 57.17 miles. Climbed 3279 feet, and finished with an average speed of 15.7. I thought it would be higher as we spent a fair bit of time pacing in the mid 20's. Thankfully I wasn't needed to take a turn at the front. Chris and Deb did a good bit of pulling on the tandem, thanks!

Great time. Here's a picture of the tandem duo on the way up the hill:
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Yes, it was a good ride -- you can't tell in that picture that my feet are frozen -- otherwise I was plenty warm.

Hwy. 128, from where we turned off Pleasant's Valley Rd., until we turned left onto 121, is indeed part of the Tour of California. And yes, those folks are members of the Monticello Cycling Club. The hard-cores were out today.
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Go to a fabric store and ask for a small thread cutter that's in it's own plastic case. These take up almost no room in your seatbag, and are perfect for cleaning the Speedplay pins.
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Chris gave me a sweet little Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W120 with Carl Zeiss lens for Christmas, and I'm happy to report that I'm learning to use it. Here are some shots from the ride.

The valley below was totally obscured:


The sky was drab but the scenery often bright:


Here's Joel at about the midway point of the ride:


And this was a common sight for us on any given hill:


As we returned into Vacaville we passed this barnyard just on the edge of the city limits, tucked against the hillside:
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