Holly Mary Mother of God this ride kicked my butt. I went on my normal after work ride and decided to try something new. After taking La Loma, Ave 64, Patrician Way, Glen Oaks, Linda Vista, Lida, to Chevy I went left at Chevy down to almost the 134. I normally just climb back up Chevy and climb either St. Katherine or St. Augustine. Just before going under the 2 on Chevy Chase is a small street named Sloway St., which quickly turns into Ridge. The first pitch up Ridge approaches 20%. There are some great views of downtown around this area. A bit further along grades hit a solid 20% on a long steady climb. After a quick jog left then right onto Foxkirk Rd. there is a short and steep downhill to Camino San Rafael.
Camino San Rafael is surprisingly busy street, filled with very expensive cars, passing by big expensive homes. I felt like I was getting looks from nearly every driver like I didn't belong in their neighborhood, which made me want to be there even more. CSR has several long ups with a few short downs. After the first pass the area opens to a more natural environment with great vistas.
Finally I reached Emerald Isle Dr, which took me back to Chevy, where I took a left to get to Fig. I had the bright idea of trying to climb St Augustine, which has grades close to 20%. My knees were screaming at me so badly I had to bail. Fig back to Lida to the Bowl was all I had left in me.
Once my knee heals I'm going to do this route again. Great training loop for sure.
Total Distance 21 miles
Total Ascent: 2,677 ft