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Old 04-21-22, 03:43 PM
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Touroica II ready to launch!

The terrific trio of myself, my longtime bike buddy Thor, and SquireBlack are busily prepping our bikes for a reenactment of last year's Touroica tour down the coast to Cambria. We will be meeting up in Woodside (between Silicon Valley and San Francisco) and making our way across the mountains and then down Highway 1 starting on Monday morning and finishing up on Friday. Then, after a day of rest, we'll be riding the Via Scallatore (formerly known as the Coastal) Eroica route. If anyone is interested in riding with us on the first, or ensuing days, let me know. Our daily destinations will be Costanoa (south of Pescadero), Asilomar (in Pacific Grove near Monterey), Ripplewood Cabins (Big Sur) and Ragged Point Inn (just north of Cambria). If anyone is interested in riding with us on any of those days, let me know and I'll try to set up a meet up point. Otherwise, we'll see a bunch of you in Cambria.

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Looks like a wonderful ride!!!
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Looks like a fine trip. I hope to see a bunch of pics.
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Have a great ride!
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See you in Cambria!
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Have fun and ride safe. Hope to see you all in Cambria. We need to wear name tags!
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Fair winds and following seas men and see you at the finish line!
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@SquireBlack, if you could be so kind as to stock the Palazzo fridge with beer before we get there, we'd much appreciate it.

It's a 3-1/2 hour drive from SFO, @nlerner and I will be mighty thirsty when we pull in.
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Wishing you a safe and pleasant ride down to Cambria.
See you at the house, Andrew!
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Bumping this thread, I've been in contact with the thirsty three via electromagnetic waves and anouncing that they have made it to their day 1 destination. Pix cause it happened.


@davester eyeing a chaser


At this point the climbing is pretty much all done. Thor and Dave sneaking in some calories and fluids for the final push.
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Have a great Touroica. Wish I could've joined you. Looking forward to seeing you in Cambria this weekend.
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Some pix from the first day…















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I can see the grass bent over in a favorable direction on that first picture off of Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse. Were any of you first timers at the Bike Hut?

Color me jealous! We're all living vicariously through this thread.
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Looks like the same weather as last fall! hope it clears up and becomes glorious for you three. Watch out for harbor pilots adding a thousand feet of climbing...so you dont miss any sights!
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Bumping this thread, I've been in contact with the thirsty three via electromagnetic waves and anouncing that they have made it to their day 1 destination. Pix cause it happened.


@davester eyeing a chaser


At this point the climbing is pretty much all done. Thor and Dave sneaking in some calories and fluids for the final push.
Nice, dave looks much happier than the last time I saw him....and Thor looks the same
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I am insanely jealous and hate you all.

Okay, I don't hate any of you, but I am insanely jealous. Have a fantastic trip. I hope to see you al; this weekend (still 50/50 on the go/no-go decision).
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How steep are the hills to get from the start to the coast? First day is about 40ish miles I guess?
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
How steep are the hills to get from the start to the coast? First day is about 40ish miles I guess?
Route, mileage, feet climbed can all be seen here (routes aren't in order, but you can figure it out.)

Note also that this is Touroica II. The terrific three are retracing the route we did on Touroica I, covered in detail in this thread. This might be an instant classic. There's something very compelling about riding down the California Coast.
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Looks like a great route! What kind of gearing are you running?
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Day 2…


Departing from our icy tent cabin at Costanoa



Major tailwinds and epic scenery near Davenport



Surferville (Santa Cruz)



Slight change of scenery (near Watsonville)



Hey wait a minute, this wasn’t on Gugie’s map! (Backtracking through the dunes at Moss Landing)


Monterey Bay…destination almost in sight



Hmm. Not quite there yet



Is that Andrew and Thor laying down there with those seals?



Asilomar Beach, Pacific Grove

…destination arrival
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Looks like a great route! What kind of gearing are you running?
I’m running a 13-30 freewheel with a 45-42 half step + stump-pulling 24T granny

Andrew’s Lygie has about a 44/26 double up front with about about a 9-28 8-speed cassette.

Thor’s Olmo was reconfigured at the last minute away from hard man gearing and is now running 52-42 up front combined with a 13-32 7-speed rear wheel borrowed from my Miyata.
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Not much to add. Strong winds on day 2 from the W and NW, which were sometimes behind us, sometimes in our faces, but mostly had us sailing on a broad reach. Mostly great riding except for a shortish stretch of Hwy 1 into Moss Landing, which will not show up in any of the Photos.







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Mostly great riding except for a shortish stretch of Hwy 1 into Moss Landing, which will not show up in any of the Photos.
Yeah, sorry about that, lots of traffic flying by at 60 mph with a not so wide shoulder sucks. The alternative is a long detour around Elkhorn Slough. Was Caltran finished with their construction project, or did you have to dodge around the concrete Lego blocks?

Weather looks gorgeous!
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Disaster strikes!

Disaster strikes! Thor’s freewheel is now fixed. Heading to Ripplewood with single gear.
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Not sure what the issue, or what kind of freewheel is busted... I am in Santa Cruz (you just went through it) and could in an emergency run a freewheel down to you . I believe I have a 6 or 7 spd hanging about. Let me know, asap, as Big Sur is 2hr one way trip....
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