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    Million dollar mile tandem ride

    These are some of our tandem friends on a ride they did today in Central California... my mouth waters and my heart aches...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKUbD...layer_embedded

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    Holy Cow! Where is this road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chichi View Post
    Holy Cow! Where is this road?
    On the Climb to Kaiser, as you go downhill from Shaver to get to Big Creek, there is a road that goes off to the left and downhill (seen here). That leads down to the San Joaquin River, and the terminus of Million Dollar Road.

    Here is a ride at Motion Based that includes the Million Dollar Road (check it out in Google Earth). The start of Million Dollar Road is on Italian Bar Road. You have to go around a gate (perfectly legal), and then the neat thing is there is no traffic except an occasional service vehicle. Last time I was on it, the dam outflow was opened up, and the waterfall was going through the bridge, and we couldn't continue, but it was an impressive sight.

    At the end of Million Dollar Road, there is a climb that I've wanted to do, back up to Shaver then up to Tamarack Ridge. This would be 5200 feet, and one of the highest elevation gained climbs in California.

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    After seeing the video clip, one of the captains commented: "The scenery is even more spectacular when I don't have to watch the road in front of my bike". Having done that ride ourselves, I completely agree. My stoker thinks that it is more espectacular in real life.

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    Last time I was on it, the dam outflow was opened up, and the waterfall was going through the bridge, and we couldn't continue

    If you can not continue and have to turn around how much climbing gets added to the ride?

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    [QUOTE=chichi
    If you can not continue and have to turn around how much climbing gets added to the ride?[/QUOTE]

    If you have to turn around at the waterfall (Stevenson Creek) it makes the ride shorter and I would guess a bit less climbing as you miss the 2 very steep miles at the end of the MDM and you miss the climb back up toward Shaver Lake on your way home, although you do have to climb back up Italian Bar Rd. to get out the way you came.

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    This is an area of California that I have had a long personal interest in visiting. My father was born in Auberry (I can't imagine that there was much there in 1919!) and relatives have lived in the Fresno/Clovis area since the late 1800's.

    Quote Originally Posted by cornucopia72 View Post
    My stoker thinks that it is more espectacular in real life.
    My stoker would be absolutely terrified to do this ride.

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    Which direction is the ride done clockwise or counter clockwise.

    Up 168 at the beginning or at the end of the ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chichi View Post
    Which direction is the ride done clockwise or counter clockwise.

    Up 168 at the beginning or at the end of the ride?
    Most people who do the route from Fresno would do a "balloon on a string" sort of route with the string up and back to Auberry and the balloon being the loop above Auberry. That loop is almost always done clockwise---this avoids doing a very steep 2 mile descent at the top of the MDM which would be stressful on a tandem. Doing it clockwise you would descend on 168 from Shaver Lake (same way the Climb to Kaiser comes down).

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    Beautiful. Couldn't help but notice the huge rear disc brake on one of the bikes in the pic at the end. Never seen that big of disc on a bike before.
    Great descent but wouldn't want to climb back up that mountain/hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chichi View Post
    If you can not continue and have to turn around how much climbing gets added to the ride?
    Million Dollar Road up to the waterfall doesn't really have a lot of climbing/descending, the video makes it look steeper and more harrowing than it actually is.



    There is some descent to get to the road if starting in Auberry. But if you continue past the waterfall, and then do the loop to get up to Shaver, them there is some climbing.

    Here is a screenshot of the clockwise loop ride starting from Auberry. The ride starts with a climb up Auberry Road, and then turns onto Jose Basin Road, eventually up to 3022 ft. It descends steeply on Italian Bar Road to get to the MDR start gate at 2000 ft. MDR climbs gradually to end at 2574 ft. The climb then starts to Shaver Lake at 5495 ft. Then the ride follows the return of the Climb to Kaiser back to Auberry.

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    Awesome video. Not trying to hijack the thread but I'll go on record as saying Climb To Kaiser was wayyyy harder than the Death Ride. Not that anyone asked....
    When I did it in 2003, it was because it was the first year I didn't get in the DR and I was P.O'd because it was the first year of the lottery for DR. So I decided to do C2K instead. Whoa! Great ride but damnnnnn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanRH View Post
    Awesome video. Not trying to hijack the thread but I'll go on record as saying Climb To Kaiser was wayyyy harder than the Death Ride. Not that anyone asked....
    When I did it in 2003, it was because it was the first year I didn't get in the DR and I was P.O'd because it was the first year of the lottery for DR. So I decided to do C2K instead. Whoa! Great ride but damnnnnn!
    If Nietzsche is right, the cure for whats been ailing you wouldn't be from Kaiser Permanente, but the Climb to.

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    Nice ride! I almost wet my pants just watching it. I felt better reading the description that there is no traffic. Still, the sand/ gravel was a bit scary. Imagine coming around a corner and seeing that there with that cliff on the side! Yikes!

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    I'll be posting more rides here:

    http://web.me.com/tomalperin/escapad...l/Journal.html

    I just put up some video from a spring tour to the coast and will be adding the Solvang Spring Double and part of another ride we did recently. The climbing wasn't that bad for MDM, it's just the sheer drop to the left that gives that impression. The entire ride would have been 7000 to 8000 feet of climbing had rain not turned us back though according to our estimates. We had already started to climb when we decided to cut the ride short. The video coming back down with the road slick with water looks pretty scary too.

    Just added riding in the rain as well.
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