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Old 01-29-06, 10:39 AM   #1
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Apple Pie Report and Lots of Pics!!

Edit: I deleted the pictures that were linked to Imageshack becuase there are too many and they weren't loading. Here's a link to the ride pictures compliments of Extort. My58vw gets the credit for about 90% of the photos



Yesteday was the big day, and it lived up to be all that was promised, great terrain, hard climbs, excellent company and fun riding, not to mention terrific weather. My day started at about 3:45am , as I opened the garage, 1955 was parking in front of my house. We loaded our bikes and headed off to pick up Pico and Extort in Irvine. We had about a 1.5 hour drive, and stopped in Carlsbad for Starbucks, which would later come back to haunt Extort and Pico

We arrived at Lake Wohlford Middle School in Valley Center at about 6:15, to find most of the crew was already there. Half of us had never met, so we had some introductions and got our gear ready. My58vw was the last to show, we loaded the 2 sag cars (sweet, a sag to rider ratio of 1:4 ), took the cheesy group photo and rolled out.

The ride started off with about a 2 mile downhill, the temperature was in the mid 30's. We all held up pretty well through the coldest part of the day. At about 5 miles into the ride, we started the big climb up Palomar Mountain. The climb is about 11 miles, I think the average grade is around 6.5%. It's a fun climb that's full of twisty road and big switchbacks. Pico and I quickly found ourselves alone off the front, so we took turns pacing each other up. We arrived at the General Store at 8:31am, climb time from the Taco Shop was roughly 70 minutes.

Some of us had a pretty long rest stop at the General Store . Once everyone was together and refueld, we started off for the observatory. I think Jschen led some of the guys to belive that it was just a little hill . It wasn't bad, but more than some were anticipating.

We all regrouped at the Observatory, except for Extort and Worker4youth . They thought we had already started going down, so they had about 10 minutes on us. From the Observatory it was all downhill to Lake Henshaw, except for a short climb bythe General Store. Descending East Grade is very fun. I think it's about 13 miles of downhill mountain road with mostly sweeping turns. The views of Lake Henshaw on the way down are amazing.

We stopped at the Lake Henshaw Caffe and General Store to regroup and snack up. The weather was great, and we started shedding layers into the sag cars. Next up, 2 miles down the road was Mesa Grande. I think I was the only one that knew what we were in for, and I had forgotten how tough this 4 mile climb is. On this climb Extort stuck with us, so Pico and I made sure all 3 of us stuck together. This worked out nice, after the 4 mile climb, there's about 10 miles of rolly terrain with slight winds. We took turns pulling and were rewarded with some great scenery and a fun road.

After getting through Mesa Grande, it was only a couple of flat miles (but into a headwind) to Julian Pie Co. The Pie was great . Everyone loaded up on Pie, before heading west for Ramona. At this point in the ride, we decided it would be best to keep a pace that everyone could ride, and we held a nice paceline for the 15 miles into Ramona.

In Ramona we made a short stop at a Circle K. We topped off our bottles and continued on to Bandy Canyon. We continued to keep a nice and easy paceline until Highland Valley turned up. Then it was Me, Pico, Worker4youth and Norsa451. The downhill stretch of Highland Valley and Bandy Canyon are some of the funnest descents I've ever done.

Our last rest stop was where Bandy Canyon meets up with Hwy 76. It was obvious that we were racing the daylight at this point, 1955 arrived in the sag van. We headed out on Hwy 76 towards the Wild Animal Park. Norsa451 was giving Pico, Myself and Worker4youth a nice pull. At one point, I had to make a decision that we were going to have to hammer it, in order to get over the sketchy section of Lake Wohlford Rd before dark. Around the Wild Animal Park, we yook off, unfortunately dropping Norsa451. I think we did the climb after the Animal Park at about 20mph. When we got into Escondido, Worker4youth took over at the helm and pulled us to the start of Lake Wohlford Rd. At 100 miles into a ride, Lake Wohlford Rd sucks. I just ignored the pain and got into a zone, Worker4youth, Pico and I made great time up this climb. We then continued to hammer the rolling terrain to the finish. Somewhere Worker4youth fell back, but he finished a couple of minutes behind us. The last 20 minutes were so hard that my vision was fuzzy. My legs were shaking for 20 minutes after finishing.

This ride was great, thank you all for coming, especially My58vw and Norsa451's wife for great sag support. We'll do this again, but maybe with less climbing

Total Distance- 110 miles
Total Climbing- 10,475'

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Me (OC Roadie)
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Extort
Fixer
Worker4youth
1955
Jschen
Norsa451
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Old 01-29-06, 10:53 AM   #2
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Great ride. Congrats to all who participated and provided sag. Looks like you guys really pushed yourselves. Thanks for taking the time to post the great report.
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Old 01-29-06, 10:58 AM   #3
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awesome ride report!
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Old 01-29-06, 11:02 AM   #4
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Total Distance- 110 miles, Total Climbing- 10,475' - my legs are shaking from just reading your post. Great photos. It looks and sounds like you all had a great time.
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Old 01-29-06, 11:10 AM   #5
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Am I missing something, or are there no pics included in this thread?
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Old 01-29-06, 11:10 AM   #6
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Good photos and story. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-29-06, 11:12 AM   #7
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All Right!

Way To Go!!!
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Photos loaded for me. Sounds like a great ride. No way my flat land, hill hating legs would survive that ride! lol. Off for my Sunday morning ride myself!
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Old 01-29-06, 01:39 PM   #9
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that really sucks! i'm even more PO'd now

sorry again for not making it yesterday. i'm glad you guys had a great day, though. i'm thinking about not working with my brother anymore after what happened this week.
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What a cool ride and great ride report. I grew up in San Diego (live in Portland now), so it was a nice little visit home for me just reading your report. I can smell that Julian pie
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Old 01-29-06, 02:09 PM   #11
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congrats guys, plenty of climbing to build some strength
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Old 01-29-06, 02:15 PM   #12
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Awsome ride report. It's always nice to see others BF members rides. I'm jealous. I'd love to get down there for a ride sometime but for now, riding in 32F is my world. At least it warmed up to 42F today.

Cheers, I'm going for a ride.

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Awesome ride and great pics. Having ridden all of those rodes on motorcycle I know them fairly well and how challenging that had to be.
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Old 01-29-06, 02:30 PM   #14
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Very nice! Congrats to all! Sounds like a great ride. I've got to get together and ride with you guys sometime.

BTW-Cheese on apple pie is good stuff! A nice sharp cheddar is the preferred cheese for me.
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nic epics, that ride looks fun. I wish we had climbs like that around here.
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Great report! Some of the best riding in the San Diego area all tied together. Brings up great memories of the Tour de Cure...
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What a great ride. I wish we had some hills where I live. (Great pie I can get at home if I'm extra special nice. )
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Old 01-29-06, 03:13 PM   #18
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Awesome pics. I wish we had weather that nice. Looked like you guys and gals had a lot of fun.
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What a cool ride and great ride report. I grew up in San Diego ... so it was a nice little visit home for me just reading your report....
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never heard of the pie place, but the observatory surely is a familiar sight to every schoolkid who grew up in sd county... i think every 3rd grader goes there? held hands with 'diane' when they turned off the lights and projected the night sky onto the auditorium ceiling... sigh...
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Nice job fellas. OC, I guess that ride gives you a week of insurance on the 1/2 million, eh? Gotta get down there sometime and try a Pie Ride . . . keep us posted if/when you do it again.
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I like my pics!

That pie did look good!
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Beautiful. Awesome ride report.

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Thanks, OC Roadie, for organizing a wonderful ride. I had a blast, and I completed my first century. Okay, so it wasn't a closed loop, and I ended up with a net 1000 foot descent, but I think under the circumstances, it's close enough. I feel really good; just haven't been online until now since I visited my parents. I'll have a full ride report posted here soon. Hopefully later tonight.

Thank you, my58vw and Mrs. Nosra451, for your enthusiastic sag support. It really helped make a huge difference for how the ride went. And thanks to all the guys I met the last month. I had a wonderful time, and I would happily ride with any of you at any time.
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Is it just me or is this taking forever to load??
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Is it just me or is this taking forever to load??
I'm not even going to try on my modem connection to see those pics. I guess I won't know what they look like until tomorrow.

Oh, I've drafted part one of my ride report. I promise I'll do my best to post tonight.
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