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    Patterson Pass Ride Report and Pics

    Pics and ride report to come a little later. Just wanted to say thanks to all that came out. Beautiful day for a ride ... great weather, great company, and hopefully we won't crash the server ...
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Gladiators


    Real Windmills!

    The highlight of the day at least for me was when I went into a turn at just over 40 Mph that was posted as 20 Mph. I figured out very fast why it said 20 Mph. It was that feeling you get when you know you're a goner! The stomach flips and the scalp feels like pins and needles. I stayed within 2 inches of going off the cliff. I was amazed that I didn't!

    The rest of the day was great. The scenery was stupendous! I'd never ventured out that far before, so the territory was knew to me. I was a little bonky before lunch and just after but I felt great towards the end of the ride. Ron, Curtis and I spent a lot of time at the back of the pack talking and joking around. It was a strange looking scene when we stopped to watch Curtis disrobing and then helped him pack all his clothing into any available pocket space. Any passerby might have taken it as some kind of roadside ****, especially when I was behind him forcing stuff in to his pocket while he somewhat bent over with legs akimbo! Ron was the consumate girl and just watched and Bit**ed at us.

    There were a good number of us today- ten Gladiators, the pace was kept pretty high by the sparring of Glen and Ramone. I kind of felt like I was lagging a bit, but then I got really caught up in the picture taking and taking in the scenery.

    The group picture was great at the Patterson Pass summit where we met another group that had just reached the summit. The descent was incredibly fast with a good line of sight most of the way.

    Great day today everyone thanks for hanging out and spending the day riding.

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    What a bunch of panzies, what with all the leg-warmers and jackets and stuff........
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    What a bunch of panzies, what with all the leg-warmers and jackets and stuff........
    At least we were warm Panzies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    What a bunch of panzies, what with all the leg-warmers and jackets and stuff........
    It was <36 degrees when I left the house to ride to the meeting Place !

    If its any consolation please let it be known that I was hotter than a Deep fried Pig in an oven later in the day :-)

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    Looks like a fantastic ride guys - wish I could have joined you.

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    just realized I didn't put a solo shot of Scott! I think he was hiding from me!! I wonder why?

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    I wish I could have joined you. Today was a great day for riding. Zero miles for me though.
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    Great pics guys..........I need to do that ride

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    Great pics Pete. Everyone sure looks exhausted in the lunch shots. I was on a little mini-bonk for the last 10 or so miles until our food stop and my gyro sure hit the spot

    I won't be able to get the pictures/video off my camera until Monday night at the soonest since I'm not at home and don't have an SD card reader here

    Thanks for organizing Ron and thanks for pulling so much Glenn

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    I was flying through the editing with the pictures and completely missed this great shot of Chris performing on his Unicycle!!!!!!


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    So I had the original intention of completing my first century of the year (highly inspired by SilentBen), and planned to meet up with him, and Donald (dl33) in Fremont ... but I was running so behind, that I realized I wouldn't be able to make it at the pre-determined meeting time, so instead, I just met everyone at Dublin/Pleasanton Bart station.

    Benridin arrives


    Jim brought his friend Scott


    SilentBen actually rode from Menlo Park, across the Dumbarton Bridge over to the start (meeting Donald, dl33, by Niles Canyon). I remember as I was driving over, it was really fogged in when I left Sunnyvale. The fog stayed around until getting over to 680. I also heard on the radio that there was a fog advisory on Dumbarton ... geez, Ben, and you had to pick today to ride across Dumbarton. According to Donald, the ride across Niles Canyon was really cold .. I think he said it was in the mid-30's. When he arrived, I let him sit in my car, just to let him thaw out. I say again, I'm really glad I was running late.



    At the start, in Pleasanton, there was not even a hint of fog. As we rolled, it was sunny, and nice ... was still a little chill, so it was either light jacket, or arm/leg warmer weather.

    We met Glenn in Pleasanton, as we passed through downtown. Pretty soon, I went from being the lead, to trailing the pack ... a position that Curtis and I competed for ...

    After a Starbucks stop 12 miles in, we were on our way to Patterson Pass. Glenn showed us an alternative route, via a newly opened Bike Path ... it cut out a lot of the traffic light route, and that was nice. Thanks Glenn for the nice alternative route.





    As soon as we got back on the route, the pack dropped me, and Curtis, like a "badly microwaved potato". Thanks Jim for trying to reel me in, but there was only so much that I can do when the legs just don't have it.

    Luckily, for me and Curtis, the group was there waiting for us before the climb up Patterson.



    Ok, now for the first climb. This is what we had to look forward to:



    Of course, I was trailing in the back, but eventually caught up with Curtis, and we continued to ride up to the top. This is where we were treated with an amazing view of the windmill farm.



    Ok, we're at the top ... and it's time to descent down the hill ... and Pete, gives us the sign it's time to go when he says "you guys all suck", as he proceeds to fly down the hill.

    We did wind up back on Flynn Rd, and I knew I wanted to do this part of the ride, but I had completely forgotten how gorgeous it is over there. IMHO, that was the prettiest, and the best part of the ride.



    Of course, it had a nice screaming downhill to go along with that.

    We stopped for Starbucks (about 50 yards from Mark's (rumbutter) house). After re-fueling there, we proceeded on a really "spirited" 20 miles back to the start. I really think I worked harder on this part of the ride than the climb. I was able to hang in with the pack until we made the right turn on Highland ... same thing that happened last time I did that ride. Some things just don't change.

    All in all, it was a great ride, great weather, and great company. Thanks Glenn for leading us through the bike path. Thanks Jim for trying to reel me in with the rest of the pack. And thanks Mark, for leading us back from Livermore to Pleasanton. I hope everyone enjoyed this ride, as much as I did. It was just the perfect day for this ride.
    Last edited by spingineer; 01-31-09 at 11:48 PM.
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    More pics



    Chris, introduces Pete to us


    Gathering for the ride


    Taxi and Bostic


    Chris, leads the pelaton


    On the roads of Livermore, we saw many other groups riding in the reverse direction. This was one such pack:




    Another shot from the bike path


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    Did I say this ride had windmills?


















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    Descending Flynn Road










    Rest of the pics at http://s174.photobucket.com/albums/w...terson%20Pass/
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    ^^

    Awesome pics Ron. Thanks for capturing a few of the windmills for me.

    I'm going to have to try that route some day.

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    Wow. I would give just about anything to be out with you all. Looks like an amazing day.

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    Thanks for a great ride today. I got my century and really enjoyed riding my local roads with old friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellum76 View Post
    ^^

    Awesome pics Ron. Thanks for capturing a few of the windmills for me.

    I'm going to have to try that route some day.
    You're welcome. It was a terrific day. We ended up finishing back at Pleasanton Bart by around 3 PM. It's just the right length of ride. Only thing is you do it later in the year, it might get too warm. The winds were non-existent today, so that's another issue.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumbutter View Post
    Thanks for a great ride today. I got my century and really enjoyed riding my local roads with old friends.
    My pleasure, Mark. It's always great to ride with you (whenever I can). And thanks for leading us through your "hood".
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    It's pretty cool to see these pictures. As a kid, windmills were pretty much my favorite thing ever (okay, I still love them), and my favorite thing to do for my birthday was for my parents to drive me to "the windmills", which I'm fairly certain was the Altamont Pass Wind Farm.

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    Thanks for sharing. That looked like a great time.

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