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    Family, Health, Cycling Lanceoldstrong's Avatar
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    Classic Carquinez Course Group Ride: Before Road Closure

    Saturday June 8th at 10:00 a.m.
    Meet at Martinez Waterfront Park bocce ball parking area.
    (Joe Di Maggio Drive next to/west of: softball field parking area)

    Classic Carquinez Course: 23 miles, counter clockwise around the whole Carquinez Straight.
    Featuring the no cars and soon to be closed for reconstruction, Carquinez Scenic Drive.
    (We'll ride this stretch north to south so as to ascend the part with the worst road surface, safer this way.)

    Other highlights include: bike paths across the Benicia and Crockett bridges, gorgeous homes and water views on historic K St. in Benicia and
    a bike path through Benicia State Park.

    Lunch at the very nice Valona Deli in Crockett at mile 14.


    Slow Poke style, no drops.
    Expert Guidance I have ridden this loop countless times
    I will provide route slips for all.

    Who is in?
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    MyLilPony and I are in! But are we sure it will still be open then?

    Here are a few photos to inspire those who are on the fence.


    two bridge loop flowers by ccorlew, on Flickr


    moon face on road by ccorlew, on Flickr




    Tricia Carquinez scenic drive posterpedal by ccorlew, on Flickr
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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    One more. Just because


    Dan and Tricia on the straits by ccorlew, on Flickr
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    I'd love to join you folks. Don't think I've ever riden with you even though I'm right next door in Pittsburg, and this looks like a fun ride. I think this would be a good opportunity to meet & greet. If that's OK....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    MyLilPony and I are in! But are we sure it will still be open then?
    From the 511 Contra Costa site, a 5/24/13 update:
    "In mid-June/early-July, the trail/road will be blocked off by fencing to start construction."

    So I think the 8th will be fine. We can punt and adjust the course easily, day of, if conditions change.

    Quote Originally Posted by bsektzer View Post
    I'd love to join you folks. Don't think I've ever ridden with you even though I'm right next door in Pittsburg, and this looks like a fun ride. I think this would be a good opportunity to meet & greet. If that's OK....
    More than OK.
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    I'm about 90% committed. Thanks Dan.
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    Baring and unforesseen circumestance, I'll be there. Slow poke style suits me just fine , and this will an interesting first time for me on this course.
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    Too bad I work Saturdays. I'll try to get out to do it tomorrow before work. Looks like Mcewen will be getting a lot more use!

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    We'll be on another coast by then, spending a few days visiting family. Sure would be fun to do another BF ride again. Maybe later in the summer?
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    ride, enjoy, repeat

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    Midland's pics sure make it look death defying. It is not as bad as the pics make it look.
    They show why I plan to lead us in the direction where we ascend this rough stretch.
    I have descended it lots, but it is not so fun.
    Thanks East Bay Regional Parks for fixing it up soon, and thanks to Contra Costa County for giving them the rigt of way.
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    This ride is in one week.(bump)
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    I'm still in!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsektzer View Post
    I'm still in!!
    We are looking forward to meeting you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post
    This ride is in one week.(bump)
    I'd love to ride with you guys but I can't on Saturday

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    I'm in for sure - might bring a friend or two with me. A MTB would be OK, right?
    Does anyone have a MapMyRide or similar graphic route description?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
    I'm in for sure - might bring a friend or two with me. A MTB would be OK, right?
    Does anyone have a MapMyRide or similar graphic route description?
    Alright!!
    Yes a MTB would be fine on this ride.

    Here is the route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2574388
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    First group ride in a while, should be fun.MartinezBocceLG.jpg Now I know where to meet up.
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    Aww, no Lake Herman Road?

    On the other hand, lunch at Valona Deli. Love that place.

    Unfortunately, I will committed Saturday (no, not that kind of committed ) so I can't join y'all. Have a great ride.

    LanceOldstrong is correct about Midland's photos. The photos give a good view of some of the sights, but the total distance of the unpaved single-track part around the washed-out section of road is 20 yards tops and plenty easy to navigate safely, and the other part where half of the pavement fell away and the other half remains is 5 yards at most and is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.
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    Family, Health, Cycling Lanceoldstrong's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    Aww, no Lake Herman Road?
    That is a nice road, a good steady climb, but K street in Benicia is shadier and right on the water. The homes there are architectural classics too.
    You will be missed.

    Ride Roster (so far)

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    LanceOldstrong (hey, that's me!)
    Mrs. Oldstrong

    Shaping up nicely.
    Last edited by Lanceoldstrong; 06-07-13 at 08:13 AM.
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    Hey, just saw this. It looks great. I'll see if the wife wants to go. We're in San Mateo so would be driving up.
    we've sailed under those bridges and along those shores many times. It would be cool to ride it.

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    Family, Health, Cycling Lanceoldstrong's Avatar
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    Look for a dark blue Honda mini-van with a bike rack on top.
    We will be driving this and it can be the rallying point in the parking lot tomorrow morning.
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    Ride Roster (so far)

    bsektzer
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    DabloScott, possibly w/ a couple friends - one friend, Ed... he's a real hoot, will bring his road bike. Other friend declined.
    LanceOldstrong (hey, that's me!)
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    Are we ROLLING at 10?
    Last edited by DiabloScott; 06-07-13 at 10:01 AM.
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    We're in. I'll be the old fat guy on a blue Klein and I'll be with a younger than me wife on a root beer Calfee. See you at 10:00
    Thinking we will do this afterwords http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2645240

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post
    Look for a dark blue Honda mini-van with a bike rack on top.
    We will be driving this and it can be the rallying point in the parking lot tomorrow morning.
    He'll be easy to spot in his "flamboyant" attire.

    Dan, I'll leave it to you to explain this reference to the teeming hordes.
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