hello everyone, im fairly new to this forum. Just curious how many of you have done this route?? can you guys give some feedback on how the ride went and give any recommendations on what to do or bring on the ride? i just recently picked up biking and the longest i've ridden is only 35 miles, but this past week i've ridden 30 miles everyday and i think in another month or two i might be strong enough to attempt a 100mile ride.
i just mapped this route on googlemaps, starting from the base of mt. hamilton, ascending to the top, then down the back side, then all the way to the junction, then all the way up north on mines road to livermore. i figure from there i could get picked up or something.
I drove on the same route when i used to drive my miata a lot, and even driving it was so mentally tiring that i had to take a long break at the junction, then another at the top of mt. hamilton, then another in san jose.... i never even imagined BIKING the same route, but it seems very possible for me in the near future. So tell me everything about the ride so i can be better prepared, guys! haha.
Also, some details of your first time riding this route would be great.
EDIT: What is it like going over the cattle guards on a bike????? is it necesary to dismount?, because as i recall there are a few on the downhill section which seems a bit scary to me. i just remember going over cattle guards the first time in my car at +40mph(i had no idea what cattle guards were) and thinking my car was going to fall apart.
woops. meant to post this in the Nor Cal section..