I haven't had the chance to start a new thread in our new forum so having nothing else to say of interest I'm posting this! Has anyone else noticed that our forum is among THE most popular?
Took off this morning around 8 under sunny skies. I rode down Cornell to Malibu Lake and around the water to loop up to Mulholland. As I passed Mel's "church", I noticed that there is now a guard at the front gate, something that may have something to do with his latest "adventures" on PCH.
The Rock Store itself was packed with bikers...the motorized kind! Must be some kind of event because there could have been 50-60 or more.
Now the climb...up Mulholland for 2-1/2 miles with a grade averaging 8%. With so many motorcycles out there, I had to be very aware of what was coming around the corners, something that is made easier by the relative quiet of the area.
What an amazing day! The shaded areas were magical under large canopies of leaves. Only the sound of my labored breathing could be heard, with some birds and occasional water in the streams. The tires made a bit of noise as we rode higher. The views magnificent! I could see across the valleys all the way to the San Bernardinos (where other BF'ers were riding!). There was a big cloud of haze far across the basin.
At the top, I stopped to drink and just take in the view. I think far too often we are too concerned with speed, performance and distance to "just enjoy the day." so I grabbed the moment.
Rode all the way to Kanan and turned back. As I began the long descent, I passed a large group of cyclists climbing, spread out over 1/2 mile of pavement. The road is banked and fun to ride, although I admit to controlling my speed a lot....I'm a bit wary of going too fast and ending up over a cliff somewhere.
Down, down, down, rolling along Mulholland past my brother's house and back all the way to Cornell. Lots of riders now showing up in the SM's. Would have been nice to hook up with a few but alas no takers on the return.
Pedaled along, smiled at the horses along the way and back out. Just a couple of miles to my house and logged 21 miles with probably 1000' of vertical.
I am truly blessed to live where I do, to have these amazing areas to ride right out my front door and to enjoy the bright blue clear skies of Socal.
May your Sunday ride be as pleasant!