Up Mt Baldy rd, right on Glendora Ridge, down East Fork and San Gabriel Canyon, and east on Sierra Madre = good.
Up GMR, 1st half = not bad.
Up GMR, 2nd half = death.
Up Glendora Ridge in the opposite direction = brought back to life in the first 2 miles only to be killed again in the next 8. Several pickup trucks passed me SLOWLY in the same direction. I was extremely tempted to flag them down and slip them $10 for a 5 mile ride back to Mt Baldy road, but I knew I'd regret it.
Didn't even bother going up to the ski lifts. I was already cursing quite a bit at the trees next to me.
This is going to be a tough one. Not sure how I'm going to complete this ride with a respectable time. How are YOU preparing?