. . . this Sunday, February 8. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Lucky's/Walgreen shopping center at 21001 San Ramon Valley Blvd (NW corner of Alcosta Blvd). Yes, it's short notice, but the response to the exploratory post was good and I wanted to strike while the iron is hot and the weather isn't. (S'posed to be sunny, BTW.)
Why statrt there? Because it is:
(1) freeway-easy for drivers (right off the Alcosta exit from I-680, which is the first exit north of I-580);
(2) BART-able from the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station, for those who would rather BART;
(3) most important of all, one of the locations of Back Forty Texas Barbecue, where a no-host luncheon will be served apres velo-ride (The ribs are good, but go for the brisket. They have killer brisket. Mmmmmmm, bbq brisket . . . .); and
(4) because I'm the one taking the initiative, so I get to make up the route.
Why barbecue? Well, because of the drooling started by BenRidin's initial reading of the "B&B" series as "BBQ" series, bigbossman and I felt honor-bound to do the barbecue "thing."
We will ride down SRV Blvd, cross I-580, and continue on Foothill Road all the way to Sunol, where there is a store that should be open. From there, east a half mile to the entrance to the Sunol Water Temple (it'll be closed - darn) and left onto Sunol Blvd, on up to Pleasanton, and then wending our way back to our starting point. There are one or two options along the way for folks who want to put a few more miles, but this is the basic route.
The ride is about 25 miles, with flat-to-rolling terrain. I will be riding caboose, and there will be no drops. That's a promise.
So if you have felt even a little bit intimidated by some of the rides posted here, this one's for you. If you want to turn on the afterburners and add an extra 73 miles to the ride and meet us at Back Forty (yes, I'm looking at you, taxi777) you're welcome, too - just don't expect me to even try to keep up.
So who's up for the maiden run of the B&B Slowpoke Series?
EDIT: Here is a link to a map of the route.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Lucky shopping center (northwest corner of Alcosta and San Ramon Valley Bilvds, San Ramon, in front of the Back Forty Texas Barbecue restaurant (all the way at the southern end of the center).
If you drive, please park behind the Back Forty - uber convenient without being in any shopper's or merchant's way.
'NOTHER EDIT: So here is the current list of attendees and maybes, updated as of 7:25 a.m. Sunday
Claim to be Coming Along
bikingshearer (+1 for lunch, but not the ride)
bigbossman and his posse, bigbosslady and bigbossprincess
jobob - riding in from Union City, riding out with a belly full o' brisket
LeeBob - aka Mr jobob
ricebowl (moving up from the "Maybe" list)
ahpook + jen + tandem for bikingshearer to draft
Still Not Going to Not be There
cantdrv55 (I'm trying not to jinx you, buddy)
Not This Time, But Promising to make Another B&B Slowpoke Special
Not Able to Come Due to Massive Injustice Perpetrated By Evil Plutocrats
Siu Blue Wind