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Old 10-06-06, 06:26 PM   #1
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1st time up Palomar Mt....buuurrrrrrrr

Had the day off and what better way to use it then get a good ride in. I attempted this ride a few weeks ago but had to turn back due to high gust of winds coming from the east and blowing me to a near stop. Today's ride didn't have much wind but when it blew...burrrrrrrr. I left Harrah's at about 12:15 and got up to the South Grade fork about 1. I was feeling real good at this point as I started the long hual up the South grade. Great sights of the valley below going through the hairpins. I got to the top at about 2:45 with a few photo stops along the way. Traffic was good, there was only ONE bike on the mountain during the entire climb. I cruz a bit up the S7 to the first large dirt parking lot and sat and looked at the view. I started my Decent about 3:05 and DAMN that was FUN 12 minutes to get to the 76 fork!!! It was FREEZING DOWNHILL. My face was near numb, my lips were frozen, my finger ached when I hit the brakes, finger tips was numb and my toes....BURRRRRR I prolly hit speeds close to if not over 60mph on some of those straights and nearly draggin knee through the turns. I had only one car pass on the entire decent to the 76 fork so the road was ALL mine. And after that guy passed me, I was pacing his car for about a minute, then lost him in a hairpin to long straight. From the fork down to the valley was FAST. I was spinning my highest gear about 110rpm, so I know from the past, thats close to 47-48mph (my computer is lost on the coast somewhere) I pulled up to my car at 3:32. 27 mins from to top to my CAR.. CRAZY!!! LOVE IT And you know I gotta take pics






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Old 10-06-06, 06:27 PM   #2
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Great pics! I can't wait to do the Pie Ride...now I'm wondering how cold it will be in late November, so early in the morning!
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I'm so jealous! And yes, it's going to start being cold, cold, cold on rides!
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Nice ride, and thanks for the pics.
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Nice pics!

M.E......we rode up there last January for the Pie Ride and it wasn't that bad.....but of course, we were all bundled up...
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Nice pics!

M.E......we rode up there last January for the Pie Ride and it wasn't that bad.....but of course, we were all bundled up...
Well, I'm much better in the cold than the heat! And those pics are so gorgeous. I love this time of year as long as it doesn't rain!
P.S. I so wish I could do the Pie Ride this year...sigh...
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I talked to a few guys at Harrah's that got back before I started and they said it was FREEZING up there. Got me all worried. They were walking like it too.

I'm not sure how this ride will be at 6am just before DEC, but we can always add layers if needed. But I wanted to make sure I can make it up this Mt before signing up on the Pie Ride. I'm looking forward to this climb again.
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Old 10-06-06, 08:15 PM   #10
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Great job! And nice pics.

In January, for the Pie ride and for my final tune-up the weekend before (Palomar repeats) I found the following clothing to be sufficient on the two cold mornings on Palomar: base layer, regular bibs, jersey, arm warmers, full-fingered gloves, windbreaker, knee warmers, leg warmers, shoe covers, head/ear band. I was a tiny bit chilly on an early morning descent, but otherwise, that clothing was plenty.
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yah I think we will need layers for the pie run for sure. I normally don't wear my gloves, glad I did today. Though they still didn't help TOO much, my fingers were still numb.
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yah I think we will need layers for the pie run for sure. I normally don't wear my gloves, glad I did today. Though they still didn't help TOO much, my fingers were still numb.
Use rubber or latex gloves under your cycling gloves. I SWEAR by them. Yeah, they take some getting used to, and yes, you will be sweating in them. But wind can't penetrate the gloves and that horrible numbing doesn't occur.
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M.E. that sounds like a great idea. I've never tried it, but I'll have to give it a try sometime.
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hummm now thats interesting. I have a box of those in the garage for those oil changes. I'll have to give that a try, night riding season is upon us so that means ALOT of cold rides.
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It looks beautiful there. Thanks for sharing the pics! 60+ mph??!!??
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my 200lbs body helps me get up to speed a lil quicker My eyes were getting teary from the speed and the cold, which was a lil scary having one eye outa focus dipping into some of those hairpins. I don't think I'd do that again on a normal busy day on the Mt with all the motorcycles. I was lucky only one car passed me, but since the lane was open, I was able to hit the correct lines carrying alot more speed into and exiting the corners. I wish I had a helmet cam
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YESSS!!! Great job and great pics.
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Great pictures.

Did you park at Harrah's?
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yah in the parking structure
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Great pics! I can't wait to do the Pie Ride...now I'm wondering how cold it will be in late November, so early in the morning!

you're gonna have to print that other thread and go shopping too! Its likely to be pretty darned chilly for the first few hours (then again, as soon as you start climbing, that may be a good thing! )
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Use rubber or latex gloves under your cycling gloves. I SWEAR by them. Yeah, they take some getting used to, and yes, you will be sweating in them. But wind can't penetrate the gloves and that horrible numbing doesn't occur.
are you talking about the really thin ones like the dr's wear? I've got some of those... maybe I'll throw them in the car for the PIE ride, in case anyone needs them...
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my 200lbs body helps me get up to speed a lil quicker My eyes were getting teary from the speed and the cold, which was a lil scary having one eye outa focus dipping into some of those hairpins. I don't think I'd do that again on a normal busy day on the Mt with all the motorcycles. I was lucky only one car passed me, but since the lane was open, I was able to hit the correct lines carrying alot more speed into and exiting the corners. I wish I had a helmet cam

I wish you had a helmet cam too! How cool would that be!?!?!!?
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I can't wear latex. I'll be completely drenched in sweat! But I use plastic baggies over socks just on my toes.
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