It was time for my longer favorite loop ride up and around the Santa Monicas, starting and ending at my door. This one is 25 miles and 2700 feet of climbing, which takes me up Topanga Canyon, west on Mulholland, up Stunt Rd, down Fernwood and back home on Topanga Canyon Blvd. With the temps at just over 60 in the sun, I brought a windbreaker for that sure to be cold descent down Fernwood. By the time I reached Saddle Peak via Stunt Rd, I was drenched in sweat, and just in time for a large cloud to settle over Saddle peak and block the warming sun while I rested and attempted to dry off So without enough warming sun to dry me off completely, the descent down Fernwood was indeed cold. I sure hope this is the last time I have to worry about being cold on a ride until next December. Then again, it was probably because of the cold that I managed to beat my previous best time for this loop ride by over 5 minutes. No overheating at all!
Here's some shots of the views.
First up was the view overlooking Woodland Hills and the SF Valley.
And from atop Saddle Peak, 2400 feet up.
One of the peaks on Saddle Peak.
Ready for take off.
Heading down from Saddle Peak, a view of the Santa Monica Bay across to Palos Verdes.
Looking back along Saddle Peak Rd, still 2000 feet up.
Looking across Topanga Canyon, Pacific Palisades, Westwood, the Wilshire corridor and downtown LA.