As you all may know from my various whining and moaning on here of late about “got to get a century,” that today was the 12th hour to get one in for October. So, originally, I had a GMR/Chantry ride planned for which a few folks wanted to join. But with the recent fires, that was out of the picture due to road closures up there. So, what’s a girl to do?
Well….she throws a diva fit and asks one of the riders who signed up for her defunct route to design one that gets her 100 miles, of course! Lucky me, Thomson was more than happy to do so (he’s a walking organized ride, I tell ya! He knows every road and how to twist and loop around, easily to get how ever many miles you want. Perfect!). So, he, Ronjon10, Jschen, Cassave and I took off today on a route really no one, even Jim, knew for sure. We road Ventura to Santa Barbara Mission and back.
From the get-go, I knew I was going to be the slowest one, but since these sweet gentlemen, all of whom can drop me easily, had joined today keeping me company – and great company, might I add – I moved my butt. My goal was to not make them wait for long. Granted, I doubt they road their normal speed, but we sure weren’t slacking! From the moment we took off, it was upwards of 19mph! Jim decided to take us out for a 12 mile warm up and then head straight up Casitas Pass. Unfortunately for Jim, but lucky for me, he got a flat at our rest stop just before hitting the climb. I saw my chance and took off with Ron to climb Casitas before he, Steve and Jason could beat me up it and have to wait forever. Timing was perfect, and they only had to wait a minute or two. That was our biggest climb (although not the steepest), and Jim, ever rider-friendly, front-loaded the climbs. That was a good thing because I was wiped out by the end of the ride pushing my pace a little faster than comfortable to keep up (sort of). But I’m not complaining!
1. The company as I repeat, due to these four men, I did not have to suffer a solo century today and was challenged, not to mention entertained!
2. At our first rest stop, I used the bathroom where I took off my knee warmers. Well, without getting into too much detail, I will just say that after I washed my hands, I noticed the knee warmers were gone. I looked everywhere in the bathroom and feared I had flushed them! Then it dawned on me and I stuck my hand down my drawers – there they were stuffed in my…um…chamois area. I was so embarrassed (but, of course, told the men square away) and now I know where to carry extra clothing in the future.
3. The stop at the mission with two bells. Lovely and I got all views on marriage.
4. Lunch. Long and leisurely at Baja Fresh. Nice!
5. The great pace back along the coast. It was stunning up there and perfect riding weather!
6. Clam chowder with the men after.
7. I’m proud to say that I was NOT a diva, thus the name of the ride (The Diva Ride) was changed.
Perfect day and thanks again, guys! You really made my day and ride.
Total miles: 105.7 I got my October Century!!!!
Pics on their way…