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Old 09-06-21, 10:03 AM
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Touroica 2021

For some time now there's been an on again/off again plan for a small group ride down California Hwy 1 prior to Eroica California. The event organizers may have cancelled the official ride, but Tourica lives on...

5 guys, 5 days on a credit card tour. In order to dejinxify this ride, I'll invoke the standard incantation: Che cosa potrebbe andare storto?



As usual for group tours I've been on, the number of moving parts is large. Only one rider is from the Bay Area, the rest of us are flying in or driving over. I'm taking my zero bike, which needs some work the day before we leave. None of us know everyone on the ride. There are stretches where water and food are a challenge. We're old farts on old bikes.

Currently set to leave the Redwood City Caltrain station at 10am Monday, 9/13. I lived in Redwood City for 14 years, so I can get us to our first night at Costanoa Lodge just north of Santa Cruz without GPS or directions. Monterey to Carmel gives us lots of choices to get lost, but past there the directions are quite simple: keep the Pacific Ocean on our right.

As I've done before on tours, I invited BF members to join up and ride alongside on any section you can. I call these "harbor pilots", as they know the local area better than we, and might guide us on an improved route than we planned. The Magical Mystery Tour of the PNW and my last TdMIL proved this to be a wise decision. It both improved the route and gave us an opportunity to make new friends.

Once there we'll spend the weekend in Cambria and make our own FauxRoica ride. Without anyone to police us, some will ride using clipless pedals, perhaps even indexed shifting (the horror!) If I'm not feeling like doing any hill climbing, might just go to Cayucas, turn around, ride up to San Simeon, and circle back. Who knows?
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Have fun, fair wind and following seas!

When I heard mention of an extra space, I contemplated asking to jump in for part of it but I would have had to figure out how to get from Big Sur or thereabouts back to the airport. Looking forward to ride reports and pics.
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We're all looking forward to the photos, that's for sure! I looked at the linked thread but- which bike is your zero bike?
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Monterey to Carmel gives us lots of choices to get lost, but past there the directions are quite simple: keep the Pacific Ocean on our right.
Here's my favorite route through that area. This ride started in Marina, a bit north of Monterey, but that's where I normally jump on the Monterey Bay Trail, head right into the Fort Ord Dunes State Park, filled with now closed roads open only to bikes and pedestrians. This also takes you right past The Pebble Beach Lodge Store, which has a small park where you can hang and pick up something to eat/drink (I recommend the burritos).

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Che cosa potrebbe andare storto - what??? I've ridden some of your itinerary. HIghway 1 can be dicey with RV's.
Guess the language, plenty of online translators on the interwebs. Some will even guess the language for you...
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We're all looking forward to the photos, that's for sure! I looked at the linked thread but- which bike is your zero bike?
Same one as in the TdMIL link. Better pictures there anyways.
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I am happy that the ride is still on. At the same time I am incredibly bummed that I will no longer be riding it (on account of my broken collarbone). I have been looking forward to, and prepping for this ride for ages. Just goes to show that even the best laid plans of mice and men...
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I am happy that the ride is still on. At the same time I am incredibly bummed that I will no longer be riding it (on account of my broken collarbone). I have been looking forward to, and prepping for this ride for ages. Just goes to show that even the best laid plans of mice and men...
Bummed you're sidelined! You'll be with us in spirit.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Have fun, fair wind and following seas!

When I heard mention of an extra space, I contemplated asking to jump in for part of it but I would have had to figure out how to get from Big Sur or thereabouts back to the airport. Looking forward to ride reports and pics.
Hold that thought.
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"Che cosa potrebbe andare storto?" is on the short list of possible first tattoos for me. Thank you.
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If anyone needs any tools or stand etc or beer the night before you leave, let me know am in san jose
Hey, take Monday off, come ride up Kings Mountain with us. After riding Cino it'll be a cinch!
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I am happy that the ride is still on. At the same time I am incredibly bummed that I will no longer be riding it (on account of my broken collarbone). I have been looking forward to, and prepping for this ride for ages. Just goes to show that even the best laid plans of mice and men...
Support, meetup, lunch stop, harbor pilot, etc.
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Hey, take Monday off, come ride up Kings Mountain with us. After riding Cino it'll be a cinch!
Are we climbing a mountain on Monday? Not too sure about that idea!
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Are we climbing a mountain on Monday? Not too sure about that idea!
It's just a wee little hill. Alright, it's quite a climb, the hardest of Tourica, but it starts 6 miles into day 1 when we're all fresh. Tunitas Creek is the reward, and what a reward it is!
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It's just a wee little hill. Alright, it's quite a climb, the hardest of Tourica, but it starts 6 miles into day 1 when we're all fresh. Tunitas Creek is the reward, and what a reward it is!
OK, 0 to 2000 ft in 12 miles, I can do that. looks like mostly coasting the rest of the day!
I was just joking, although I could be MORE prepared,
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OK, 0 to 2000 ft in 12 miles, I can do that. looks like mostly coasting the rest of the day!
I was just joking, although I could be MORE prepared,
All kidding aside, Kings Mountain is one of several ways to get up and over the Coastal Range from the Peninsula, and it's a tough one. I talked James into letting me choose the day 1 route. All of the other ways to get up to Skyline (ridge road on top of the range) give us harder times on the other side, and Tunitas Creek is my favorite descent in the Bay Area, plus it passes by the Bike Hut, one of those places that rises up like a mirage, seemingly out of nowhere, stocked with goodies, stuff to drink, and bike tools, open 24x7 self serve. It's a treasure.
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I've thought of pitching in somehow, but right now I can't drive or move my left arm so the possibilities are rather limited.
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I live in RWC and may take the morning off of “ the grind” to ride up to Skyline with you all at least. KMR (Kings Mtn Rd) is really not that bad. Tunitas would not be my first choice of descent on any bike, but your choice, it’s just steep and twisty. I was going to ride Eroica at the other end of the week and had offered to shuttle stuff or persons back from Cambria, but now that’s postponed I won’t be there. Let me know if you need any assistance at the start.
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"Che cosa potrebbe andare storto?" is on the short list of possible first tattoos for me. Thank you.
That tattoo has its own justification built into it!
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I live in RWC and may take the morning off of “ the grind” to ride up to Skyline with you all at least. KMR (Kings Mtn Rd) is really not that bad. Tunitas would not be my first choice of descent on any bike, but your choice, it’s just steep and twisty. I was going to ride Eroica at the other end of the week and had offered to shuttle stuff or persons back from Cambria, but now that’s postponed I won’t be there. Let me know if you need any assistance at the start.
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Would be great to have you up KMR!

Steep and twisty is how I like my descents!

As for assistance, if you could carry my bike bags up to Skyline, I can take it from there.


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"Che cosa potrebbe andare storto?" is on the short list of possible first tattoos for me. Thank you.
Just add ‘tutto quanto’ at the end and you’ll be fine….
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Just add ‘tutto quanto’ at the end and you’ll be fine….
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Rear tire seems a bit flat, you might check on that.
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