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    OCW Fall Metric Thread - AGAIN

    Since the original thread seems to be broken...

    A couple people received emails from Joe with OCW, who was up in the area most of the day today, and drove the route. Said it was clear, no smoke, no high winds.

    So Me, Brandy, Tiffanie, and Paul are going to give it a go. Hope to see the others there. If the smoke is an issue when we get there, we'll just turn around and call it a road trip... or go eat a fancy breakfast.
    - James

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    Quote Originally Posted by chimivee
    Since the original thread seems to be broken...

    A couple people received emails from Joe with OCW, who was up in the area most of the day today, and drove the route. Said it was clear, no smoke, no high winds.

    So Me, Brandy, Tiffanie, and Paul are going to give it a go. Hope to see the others there. If the smoke is an issue when we get there, we'll just turn around and call it a road trip... or go eat a fancy breakfast.

    have a great ride everyone! don't forget the pictures

    t~

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    It wasn't me!

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    Lets hear about it, how was you ride? Pics too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSean
    Lets hear about it, how was you ride? Pics too.
    How was it? Go ahead and ask how many flats I had today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy
    How was it? Go ahead and ask how many flats I had today.
    Oh no....dont you have Gatorskins?
    How many?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy
    How was it? Go ahead and ask how many flats I had today.
    Cue Voltaire for a joke here

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbm
    Oh no....dont you have Gatorskins?
    How many?
    THREE! Oh...I'm sorry...that would be two blowouts and an encounter with a stick. My brake pad on one side was rubbing on the back tire and wore a nice little hole. I'm forever traumatized by the noise! Thankfully James fixed all three flats for me. What a guy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy
    THREE! Oh...I'm sorry...that would be two blowouts and an encounter with a stick. My brake pad on one side was rubbing on the back tire and wore a nice little hole. I'm forever traumatized by the noise! Thankfully James fixed all three flats for me. What a guy!

    Souonds like you need a new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy
    THREE! Oh...I'm sorry...that would be two blowouts and an encounter with a stick. My brake pad on one side was rubbing on the back tire and wore a nice little hole. I'm forever traumatized by the noise! Thankfully James fixed all three flats for me. What a guy!
    So, other than the flats, how did you like the ride? I assume it was smoke free?

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    Ahhhhhh showers are good. I ended up a human salt block today. It was hot, hot hot. Pics! Pics! I wanna see pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffanie
    Ahhhhhh showers are good. I ended up a human salt block today. It was hot, hot hot. Pics! Pics! I wanna see pics!

    Get on with the reports ladies, whats the hold up?

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    What the heck?! I was waiting for someone to pick me up!

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    Okay...aside from the flats, I have to report that this ride was very challenging. Many factors (very little sleep coupled with even less food this week and having been back on the bike for a mere three weeks after two months off) and this ride nearly did me in. I thought more than once about calling the SAG wagon because I didn't think I could take anymore climbing, but my pride (or stupidity...you choose) got the best of me and I refused to give up. My saving grace was rider #88 who I paced myself behind when I couldn't keep up with Tiff without blowing my heartrate through the roof. He was cruising at the perfect pace for me and if he hadn't been in front of me, I probably would have thrown in the towel a couple of miles before the rest stop.

    After the rest stop we had an amazing downhill into Beaumont and then some crosswinds for a couple of miles before we turned onto San Timiteo Canyon where the tailwinds kept our speeds up. Those were my two favorite sections.

    So...I survived...just barely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voltman
    What the heck?! I was waiting for someone to pick me up!
    Wish you were there today! Had a case of Poway deja vu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy
    Okay...aside from the flats, I have to report that this ride was very challenging. Many factors (very little sleep coupled with even less food this week and having been back on the bike for a mere three weeks after two months off) and this ride nearly did me in. I thought more than once about calling the SAG wagon because I didn't think I could take anymore climbing, but my pride (or stupidity...you choose) got the best of me and I refused to give up. My saving grace was rider #88 who I paced myself behind when I couldn't keep up with Tiff without blowing my heartrate through the roof. He was cruising at the perfect pace for me and if he hadn't been in front of me, I probably would have thrown in the towel a couple of miles before the rest stop.

    After the rest stop we had an amazing downhill into Beaumont and then some crosswinds for a couple of miles before we turned onto San Timiteo Canyon where the tailwinds kept our speeds up. Those were my two favorite sections.

    So...I survived...just barely.
    You finished. Enough said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffanie
    Wish you were there today! Had a case of Poway deja vu.
    How was the double? No, not the Double Double, the double!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy
    THREE! Oh...I'm sorry...that would be two blowouts and an encounter with a stick. My brake pad on one side was rubbing on the back tire and wore a nice little hole. I'm forever traumatized by the noise! Thankfully James fixed all three flats for me. What a guy!
    Whoa....sorry to hear that....I have had a few of those days myself...not fun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy
    So...I survived...just barely.
    Good for you Brandy! And I'm glad you guys are back safe (no incidences). Pics??

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    Karen at the start


    Tony (Karen's husband) and Tiff






    Luwin


    Your tongue looks funny in this one James.

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    It was definitely challenging. A few spots had me wishing for just one lower gear. But I pushed through and made it to the rest stop. As Brandy mentioned, the downhill and tailwind sections were fantastic!! Definitely my favorite part of the ride.

    James, the kind soul that he is, waited for us at the rest stop. He ended up having quite a bit of time off the bike since he then had to wait for us to get some food in our bellies. But he did without complaint, as well as change all the flats. Thank you James!!!!

    We saw caligurl at check-in, but she was off before we were even ready to go. Also met and rode a little bit with Kar3368 and her husband Tony. It was nice to finally meet you Karen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by voltman
    How was the double? No, not the Double Double, the double!
    The double challenged me, but it was doable. The Double-Double was delicious.

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    The route was mostly awesome. Some really good ass-kicking climbing up into Oak Glen (beautiful), then a blazing descent down the other side, followed by continous 25-30+ MPH tail-winded flat crusing on Timoteo Cyn. Unfortunately, the heat during the climb made that section tough. And the last 10 mi through suburbia was a bit miserable. In cooler weather, I think this would be an excellent ride.

    The SAG stop was very good. BUT, with the heat, the one and only rest stop was too far away. It came at about the 30 mi mark, at the top of a long 10 mi. climb. On a warm day like today, 2 bottles wasn't enough to make it there, at least for some of us. To their credit, roving SAG was handing out water... I was lucky to get some just as I ran out. Again, the actual SAG stop was pretty good, with an assorment of PBJs, cookies, fruit, gatorade, water, etc. The area (Los Rios Rancho) had shade trees, picnic table, lots of grass, and real restrooms.

    Thanks to Scott for giving us a replacement tire for Brandy's POS bike.
    - James

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    Here I test out James' crouching photographer, hidden camera technique on Tiff


    YAY SAG Man! We were all out of water at this point and still had miles to the rest stop...


    These two are for you m.e. This gorgeous horse wanted to see why all of us were stopped, so he came over to say hi.






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