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Old 12-01-14, 10:58 AM
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Birthday Ride

One of the advantages of being born near the Xgiving holiday is that I almost never have to work on my birthday. We've been having ridiculously nice (warm) weather down in SoCal, so I spent the day riding up Highway 39 with a few friends. On the way up, we encountered other friends, bringing our group to 10 or so.

What a beautiful day! A little chilly in the shadows in the morning, but spectacular.



Highway 39 has been closed to autos for a long time, but recently, a sign was erected, closing it to bicycles and pedestrians as well. To be honest, I'm not a fan of this section. It is cut out of a section of the mountain that landslides and avalanches fairly often, and the rocks that fall down onto the road are quite sharp. That means a lot of flats and cut tires. IMHO, there are better choices.

But the rest of the group wanted to get to Dawson Saddle, so we scofflawed past the closure to check it out. Turns out they had good reason to close it. There is some significant construction going on up there, and we had to hoof it several times.



We made it with "only" one flat. Here we are at Dawson's Saddle. Ridiculously warm and clear for late November.



We paid the price on the way back. Two more flats ... and we were trying to be careful.



Great views, though. That's Catalina Island in the back, there. The distance is about 70 miles.



Great day ... and we finished it by polishing off pastrami sandwiches.
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post

Great views, though. That's Catalina Island in the back, there. The distance is about 70 miles.



Great day ... and we finished it by polishing off pastrami sandwiches.
Best wishes for yet another birthday and another year of safe riding!
Love the view - from where I sit, I'm glad that you put the effort into the climb to share the photo with us.
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Old 12-01-14, 11:20 AM
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That sounds like a "high" point of your Thanksgiving weekend. Congrats, and thanks for posting. Great pictures!
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Nice ride! November birthdays would be so much better in southern climates, I must say.
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Great pics, and a great B-day ride Biker395
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
... and we finished it by polishing off pastrami sandwiches.
Pics or it didn't happen.

Happy B-Day. Looks like a great ride (well, except for the multiple flats).
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A belated Happy Birthday wish for you, Vic. Enjoyed the pictures and your report, thanks.

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