As if you didn't have enough climbing for Saturday, here's another hill climb for Sunday. This is actually my typical Montebello Sunday ride, but I decided to extend it this time. Starts at the same place, at Peet's Coffee on Homestead and Foothill in Los Altos (or is it Cupertino?)
We'll do Montebello (out and back ... one that is missing from the dead end ride), then Redwood Gulch, up Hwy 9 to Skyline, then north on Skyline to 84, then down through Woodside.
When: 1/11/2009, 10 am
Where: Peet's Coffee, on Homestead and Foothill in Los Altos
If it's not wet, count me in. Saying aloud to myself "I am not thinking about double centuries, I must not think about double centuries, I will not think about double centuries". I just need some miles so I can keep up with you guys.
Thanks all for coming out for this ride ... Chris (chrisoco), Chris (ygduf), Marco and Ruth ... and yes, Ramon did make it to the ride. Man, that guy is one tough hombre.
You couldn't ask for a better day weather wise ... I think the 70 degree forecast just brought out everyone doing anything outdoor-sie ... but that also meant there were a lot of motorcyclists out there buzzing us.
Not even 5 miles in, and Marco and Ruth started having issues with the tandem ... but this wasn't too bad. Just needed water bottle cage tweaked.
I took the group through a slight detour through Rancho San Antonio Park. They all seem to like that alternative ... at least it breaks up the monotony of Foothill Expy. That may explain why Ramon got ahead us on the climb ... he was running late, and wasn't with us at the beginning of the ride.
Okay, made the first hurdle ... legs are not in complete and total pain, but it didn't mean this wasn't an effort. Why do I do this to myself ... I guess I just like torture ... yes, that's what being a Gladiator is all about.
Descending Montebello, I was just amazed how many people were doing the climb today. I think I passed by 10 riders who were on their way up, while I was on my way down. Onto the next climb, and Redwood Gulch. All along, I did not take off my wind resistant gloves, and as we were going through the canyons onto Redwood Gulch, I am glad I had them. We immediately got about a 10 degree drop in temps. I don't think it ever gets warm through there, even in summer.
Unlike Montebello, there weren't very many doing Redwood Gulch. I wonder why that is? Wimps? Or are we just stupid? Doesn't matter ... we were just having fun.
The next climb was up Saratoga Gap, or Hwy 9. My legs at this point were pretty lifeless. I rode it in my granny gear, trailing behind Marco and Ruth. It was a slow grind, but hey ... at least we made it up there.
Next, a right turn on Hwy 35 (Skyline), and rollies ... but at least it's better than going the other way. On the way, I stopped off at the scenic overview, near Clouds Rest Road. I just love that name ... what a view.
After a brief regroup at 35/84, we descend into Woodside, and load up on sweets, and calories. I can't remember, but I think Ramon wanted at least 1500 calories, and a real big sugar high. Dang, I feel sorry for those pastries ... he really devoured it.
On the way home, we were getting into a good paceline, of course with the tandem leading the way. I think the sugar rush and rest may have re-energized me. I didn't have lead legs like yesterday. I ended up with 68 miles, and 6900 feet climbing. Not bad.
It was a great ride, as always. The motorcycles were out in force on the 70 degree day, reminding me of the ones that set off car alarms and drowned out my TV in NYC. They really produce massive noise and air pollution. I was reminded of this provocative interview with the NY Times so-called Ethicist: Transportation Ethics