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Old 09-22-06, 09:03 AM   #1
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Should the Santa Monica's be avoided during the fire?

Anyone ridden there this week?

I'm also thinking about Grand Tour Lite on Sunday - but breathing ash is not fun.

Thoughts?
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Old 09-22-06, 09:06 AM   #2
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a bunch of us are signed up for the GTL..... i'm hoping that they'll get it out in the next two days (fat chance!)

and now they are saying the winds are gonna be WICKED strong.... 40 mph with 60 mph gusts....
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Old 09-22-06, 09:06 AM   #3
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Anyone ridden there this week?

I'm also thinking about Grand Tour Lite on Sunday - but breathing ash is not fun.

Thoughts?
As of yesterday, I would say don't worry about it. I did a ride in the Conejo after work and the air was fine. The smoke was blowing in a different direction and did not affect me at all.

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the wind is coming off the ocean, so the smoke will be blowing away from you.

I am screwed though... Santa Clarita to California City and back....
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We've got a nice on-shore flow now.....LA is cool and overcast this morning.
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the wind is coming off the ocean, so the smoke will be blowing away from you.

I am screwed though... Santa Clarita to California City and back....
You're doing the Tour of One Desert. Our club president Keith will be there, say hi to him. He has a black/red Specialized or a gold De Rosa Dual.
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hi john!!!



are you doing the GTL sunday?
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You're doing the Tour of One Desert. Our club president Keith will be there, say hi to him. He has a black/red Specialized or a gold De Rosa Dual.
That's FUNNY! I'll try to keep a look out for Keith.
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You're doing the Tour of One Desert. Our club president Keith will be there, say hi to him. He has a black/red Specialized or a gold De Rosa Dual.
So I guess the ToTF has a new name now. John, I was going to correct you, but as I looked at your description I got it.

One way or another that ride will have wind, so Extort & Keith can look forward to half of a ride with a tailwind and half of a ride with a headwind.

I'll be providing support on the ride, in the morning I'll be somewhere on San Francisquito providing water, and after that roving SAG between there and the Windmills by Tehacaphi.
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One way or another that ride will have wind, so Extort & Keith can look forward to half of a ride with a tailwind and half of a ride with a headwind.

I'll be providing support on the ride, in the morning I'll be somewhere on San Francisquito providing water, and after that roving SAG between there and the Windmills by Tehacaphi.
or the entire ride with a crosswind

I'll be hanging with my buddy Mike (brown Cannondale R2000, yellow helmet) during the day and I'll be riding the red and black Basso with a red and gray helmet and red camelback waistpack.
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I hope there's no downhills.
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are you doing the GTL sunday?
No, no long Sunday rides for me. I am thinking about the AC Century next week, though. Sarah is registered but can't go, so I will try to find out if I can buy her entry. Guess I have to ask Planet Ultra.
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No, no long Sunday rides for me. I am thinking about the AC Century next week, though. Sarah is registered but can't go, so I will try to find out if I can buy her entry. Guess I have to ask Planet Ultra.
Hey John, if you're out there, I may see you. I'm going to ride maybe 60 of that (I may have mentioned that last Saturday). Hopefully, Cathy can join me.
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and now they are saying the winds are gonna be WICKED strong....
Wicked. Are you originally from conneticut or massachusetts?
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Wicked. Are you originally from conneticut or massachusetts?
Wicked pissa, as we said in Boston....
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the wind is coming off the ocean, so the smoke will be blowing away from you.

I am screwed though... Santa Clarita to California City and back....
Is this an organized ride or on your own? I've done Wrightwood to Mojave, most of it is the same route. Love the ride on Sierra Highway....
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Is this an organized ride or on your own? I've done Wrightwood to Mojave, most of it is the same route. Love the ride on Sierra Highway....
It's actually the Tour of Two Forests, the route was changed due to the Day fire to the first 100 miles of the Furnace Creek 508, then turn around and back the same way. I rode with Keith today, he finished 4th,I think, in around 11 1/2 hours. He said there were headwinds for the first 90 miles, then some crosswinds, then tailwind for the rest of the ride. He said he hit 62.5 mph on the steep part of San Francisquito!
BTW, the Mapquest map shown above is not the actual route, they went up through Leona Valley.
Looking forward to a ride report from Extort!
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