Climb three prominent Bay Area peaks in one day without a car.
This idea has appealed to me for a few years for a few reasons:
* Tam, Diablo, and Hamilton are the three best-known peaks in the Bay Area. While Tam is pretty short compared to the likes of Umunhum or Loma Prieta, it still gets the nod due to being more well known and also for having better access to the actual summit. (I probably won't hike up to the fire lookout though!). Any one of these climbs could be considered a full day's work and the Devil Mountain Double combines two of them (Diablo, Hamilton) but how awesome would it be to do all three? Apparently very.
* I like the idea of riding from home when possible. It turns out that bikes, in addition to being fun to ride, also let you get places so why not take advantage of that.
* Last year was my first introduction to double centuries. This year I'm upping the ante by doing one that is self-supported.
* Planning this ride seems like fun. There's a lot to do figure out starting with figuring out the route, picking a day to ride it, figuring out where to get food and water, deciding how to carry said food/water, and so on.
After weighing many options I decided to do the route clockwise, that is to say Tam first, then Diablo, then Hamilton. If the weather is normal (northwesterly winds) then this should result in more tailwinds as opposed to doing it the other way around. Also Mt. Tam is a state park and I had some concerns with it being closed if I saved that peak for last.
Here's the route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/528792
It is 218 miles as drawn (ending at my house so ymmv)
Friday, July 8 departing San Francsico Caltrain at 6:00am. I will be catching the train at Diridon station in San Jose at 4:30am.
Last year for the Terrible Two, which has a similar distance to elevation ratio, I averaged 15mph including stops. However that included maybe 20 miles of high speed pacelining at the start so maybe 14mph if I had done it solo. At that speed it would take me 15:34 to do this route or round it up to 16. So I should be home by 10pm. Hey that's only 1.5 hours of riding in the dark!
I realize this isn't the type of ride that appeals to everyone. There are considerable "junk" miles. But I welcome any company for part or all of the ride.