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    Any interest in a "pick-up" Slowpoke ride this weekend?

    Just spit-balling. I'm sick of work already, and it's only Tuesday. I need a good ride to unwind, and Saturday/Sunday look like they'll be clear.

    Any interest? I'm thinking start at the Orinda BART station and go down San Pablo Dam Road. Maybe up and over to Pinole, through Crockett, and return. Or something else entirely.
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    Easter might work - but it'd have to be in the afternoon for me. I have the kids until lunch.

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    I would like to subscribe to this particular newsletter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    I'm sick of work already, and it's only Tuesday.
    Well, I have NO IDEA what that's like

    This sounds good, but I'm planning on putting in a 70+mile ride in this Saturday AM that will likely start at a time of day that isn't very compatible with the Slow Poke ethos.

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    I could be enticed...

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    For me, it would have to be Saturday and I'd need to be home by 2:00 p.m.

    Maybe this? 32 miles. 1800 feet of climbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    For me, it would have to be Saturday and I'd need to be home by 2:00 p.m.

    Maybe this? 32 miles. 1800 feet of climbing.
    http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...23921040154793
    Pig Farm the hard way. Hmmmm....... maybe. I really wanna buzz down San Pablo Dam Road all the way into El Sobrante and see what's that way. Looks like Appian Way will reconnect me with familiar routes, but that might be a bit ambitious ands more miles than I think. Plus, I have a dim recollection of Appian Way being steep on the El Sobrante end up to hwy 80.

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    I could be enticed...
    Remember - you'll be riding with me. No whining and stuff about how slow I am......

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
    Well, I have NO IDEA what that's like

    This sounds good, but I'm planning on putting in a 70+mile ride in this Saturday AM that will likely start at a time of day that isn't very compatible with the Slow Poke ethos.
    Where are you starting, and what time? By "slowpoke", I mean "me". If there's a lot of climbing and stuff, I don't mind - but I'll likely hang you up and ruin your ride.

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    I would like to subscribe to this particular newsletter.
    You can't subscribe - you have to be asked. are you one of the "Cool Kids"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    You can't subscribe - you have to be asked. are you one of the "Cool Kids"?
    Hell no!

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    I'm not whinning...what would make you think that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Hell no!
    Then you're "in".
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    Then you're "in".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    Pig Farm the hard way. Hmmmm....... maybe. I really wanna buzz down San Pablo Dam Road all the way into El Sobrante and see what's that way. Looks like Appian Way will reconnect me with familiar routes, but that might be a bit ambitious ands more miles than I think. Plus, I have a dim recollection of Appian Way being steep on the El Sobrante end up to hwy 80.
    Pig Farm the hard way? Not a chance - check the map again.

    As for the Dam Road into El Sobrante - you've seen it, at least in a car, going to and from the Pedaler. Between Castro Ranch (the turn off to get to the Bears) and I-80, the Dam Road is a four lane suburban high-speed highway with decent shoulders, but nothing to write home about, scenery-wise. Appian Way is more of the same with hills. There is another road you can turn off between Castro ranch and Appian that hooks into Appian - what applies to Appian applies to this road, too.

    If you are really jonesing to see the Dam Road, stem to stern, How about this: start at Orinda BART, go over Wildcat Canyon through Tilden Park, down Spruce to Los Angeles, thence to the Circle, then along the Arlington to the end on San Pablo Ave, take that the mile or so to San Pablo Dam Road, and then the Dam Road back to Orinda BART?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    Pig Farm the hard way? Not a chance - check the map again.

    As for the Dam Road into El Sobrante - you've seen it, at least in a car, going to and from the Pedaler. Between Castro Ranch (the turn off to get to the Bears) and I-80, the Dam Road is a four lane suburban high-speed highway with decent shoulders, but nothing to write home about, scenery-wise. Appian Way is more of the same with hills. There is another road you can turn off between Castro ranch and Appian that hooks into Appian - what applies to Appian applies to this road, too.

    If you are really jonesing to see the Dam Road, stem to stern, How about this: start at Orinda BART, go over Wildcat Canyon through Tilden Park, down Spruce to Los Angeles, thence to the Circle, then along the Arlington to the end on San Pablo Ave, take that the mile or so to San Pablo Dam Road, and then the Dam Road back to Orinda BART?
    I'll take the original plan - sounds good. The jonesing for San Pablo Road is to go down it, not up it back to Orinda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    I'll take the original plan - sounds good. The jonesing for San Pablo Road is to go down it, not up it back to Orinda.
    I can assure you, based on extensive personal experience, that San Pablo Dam Road between Castro Ranch and I-80 looks pretty much the same in either direction, and is no scenic wonderland however ridden.

    If you are up for the Orinda/Lafayette/Reliez Valley/back side of Pig Farm route, shall we meet at Orinda BART Saturday at, say, 9:00 a.m.? (Like I said, I need to be home by 2:00.) This has the added advantage of Europa, Nation's, or possibly even Village Pizza for the post-ride repast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    I can assure you, based on extensive personal experience, that San Pablo Dam Road between Castro Ranch and I-80 looks pretty much the same in either direction, and is no scenic wonderland however ridden.

    If you are up for the Orinda/Lafayette/Reliez Valley/back side of Pig Farm route, shall we meet at Orinda BART Saturday at, say, 9:00 a.m.? (Like I said, I need to be home by 2:00.) This has the added advantage of Europa, Nation's, or possibly even Village Pizza for the post-ride repast.
    Done and Done.

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    Square.

    We'll be on Mt. D. and Morgan Territory on Saturday.

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    I'm not going to try to not make this ride on Saturday. Or, something like that.

    I haven't been on my bike since the slowpoke ride in Danville so have mercy on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cantdrv55 View Post
    I'm not going to try to not make this ride on Saturday. Or, something like that.

    I haven't been on my bike since the slowpoke ride in Danville so have mercy on me.
    You'll be with me and Rich - you can't lose.
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    Cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    You'll be with me and Rich - you can't lose.
    Sounds like a challenge to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    Done and Done.

    Be there, or be square.
    Can't I be both?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    Can't I be both?
    Noooo.. because your shape is round

    Sorry, couldn't resist (and it's in your signature - c'mon). Actually if I can trade the caboose/tail-gunner/sweep position with B1 and then, B2, this might just work for me. So, I'm a definite maybe, since Fri. pm will be spent hoisting beers with a few old friends, making an 8:00am BART arrival the next morning a ..challenge.

    I will give it a shot.

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    Sorry, can't make it on Sat. I have a date with the "Wheel Stooges"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    For me, it would have to be Saturday and I'd need to be home by 2:00 p.m.

    Maybe this? 32 miles. 1800 feet of climbing.
    http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...23921040154793
    I'm confused. Did you guys decide on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    Sorry, can't make it on Sat. I have a date with the "Wheel Stooges"
    She better be cute because we're a good looking bunch.

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