Drink my Koolaid
Join Date: Nov 2012
Bikes: 2013 Trek DS 8.3 (sold) '13 Trek Domane 2.0
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I did a different kind of ride on Mines a few years ago. We were part of the NorCal Audi club and did a very high speed trip through Mines and up and over Mt Hamilton. I'm pretty sure you've nothing to worry about this weekend, but spring and fall would be different story. At one point, we met the local BMW club going the other way and the meeting was 'interesting' to say the least. I'm not sure if anyone had watched or thought about cyclists on that route but I certainly am glad I wasn't one. We had 51 TT's, plus a smattering of A4's and A6's - and all did the trip at speeds far exceeding both posted and safe limits.
Once on 680, a number of the drivers decided they were untouchable (or something) and accelerated to over 110 - which is when I dropped off. I value my car, my freedom, my license and the other drivers on the road. Once you're in the pack on a two lane road, like Mines, the chances to bow out are nearly non-existent. Vehicles are less than a car length from each bumper and your sole focus is on staying within that small space and not ending up a tree decoration. After the run, my son commented that he had wondered what would have happened had we encountered cyclists. I shudder to think about that - and I never did another trip with them.