So my friend Kathy and I decided Sunday to do a nice long road ride since 1) most of the dirt trails in OC are too sandy (we need a good Santa Ana Wind to blow the dust away) and 2) it has been so hot we figured the road would be cooler. I also heard Sunday was suppose to get cooler... that weather report was wrong.
We started at Citrus Ranch Park (Jamboree and Portola) and climbed Jamboree and headed through the Canyon. Early (7am) it was still cool and pleasant. We headed down towards Cook Corner and then back up Glenn Ranch. I could feel the heat rising but it still wasn't bad. We took Portola to Alton and then had a long, cool down hill. We stayed on Alton to Laguna Canyon to Quail Hill to the bike trail to University. I started to get hungry so stopped and had an energy bar. We took University to Eastbluff to Back Bay. Although along the water, I was getting hot. I assumed it was because I was getting bonky and was out of shape. I struggled to get around BAck Bay and head back up to Citrus Ranch Park.
The last mile was the hardest. I had started whining going past UCI. Kathy is a "no whining" type of gal but she offered to ride ahead and bring back my car. "no", I said stubbornly "I can make it back even if it kills me...". We did cut the route alittle short because I had bonked, was dehydrated and almost delusional. That last mile was painful. Somewhere along the route I should have stop to get something to eat. My bad.
Anyway, total time (stopping and riding) was 5 hours 15 minutes. Distance 59 miles. It took me awhile to get my bike put away and get in the car. When I turned it on the temperature gauge showed 93 degrees! Yipes! No wonder i felt sick. I don't do well in temps over 80 as it is. I love the route and look forward to doing it again... when it's cooler!