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Old 10-19-11, 12:02 AM
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Morgan Territory & Mount Diablo Ride Sunday 10/30

Sunday Morning 10/30 9:00 start time.
In Walnut Creek at Heather Farms Park.

JoelS is coming down from Sacramento with some friends and he asked for help with a route for a Morgan Territory and Mount Diablo ride in another post. I jumped in and said "you bet". So Joels asked me to make an official ride post so here it is.

Here is the route map:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/775804
* This is just under 70 miles with approx 7000 feet of climbing.
(Keep in mind Ride With GPS is a little high on the climbing usually.)
* Regroups at summits and key junctions. Lunch Stop
* Joel says his group makes 17 -18 average speeds on the flats


-->>Starts at Heather Farms Park - Plenty of parking at North End of Park map
Lots of parking
Easy to get to from Pleasant Hill Bart
Route for 1.3 mile bike bath from Bart station: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/776244

From there we climb Morgan Territory from the Concord side, there are bathrooms and water at the top of Morgan Territory. We do it from the Concord side so we can go down "The Plunge". It is a great descent.

The Plunge puts us in some nice open ranch land where we head north west towards the Blackhawk area. Good pace lining opportunities here.

There are many lunch possibilities right on the route (Mile 38) during the Blackhawk portion.
Then we climb Mt. Diablo from the Danville side.
The Diablo descent will take North Gate Road back to our cars in Walnut Creek.

Who's in?

Roll Call so far:
JoelS, Rick
Ann, Lucia
Glenn, Midland
Veronica, Thom
ccccolew, MyLilPony
MarcoPolo, Lanceoldstrong

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Old 10-19-11, 12:26 AM
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I'm in, let's do this.Always fun to meet good new riders and show em' a great local loop.Morgan Territory is always gorgeous.
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Old 10-19-11, 08:06 AM
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I am for sure! And I'm bringing a minimum of 2 with me. I expect that number will increase over the next 2 weeks.

Looking forward to it!
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Old 10-19-11, 02:08 PM
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BTW I've done that loop many times and Lance is right...my Garmin usually comes in around 6400 ft of climbing. Really wish I could go and meet some of you but I'm running NYC in 2 weeks...no biking for me.
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Hummmmm. We'll see.
In the meantime, here's a photo for inspiration


Tricia on Morgan Territory Road, Diablo Century by ccorlew, on Flickr
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I'm in.

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Old 10-19-11, 04:39 PM
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Maybe... I call sucking Glenn's wheel all day!

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I'd love to join y'all, but I'm having surgery for a hernia repair this Friday. Think I'm going to be on IR for 2 - 4 weeks :-(
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Old 10-19-11, 08:04 PM
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We'll be there.

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Originally Posted by gw_12 View Post
I'm in.

-Glenn
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We'll be there.

Veronica
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I'm in
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Hummmmm. We'll see.
Shaping up nicely
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Old 10-19-11, 09:35 PM
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And at the moment, my party is 4:
Joel
Rick
Ann
Lucia
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Oh, mayan, we'd looooove to do this ride with y'all! Unfortunately Chris's recovery doesn't include rides of this magnitude. Have fun and we'll make it (we hope) next time.
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Old 10-19-11, 10:45 PM
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Looks like a great ride, how long does it take you guys to climb Diablo?

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If I started in Danville at 9:00 am, I might - and I emphasize "might" - make it to the Junction before you guys. Without question, you'd blow my doors in no later than Juniper.

I'll pass on this one because (1) I'm not at all sure I'm up for that many climbing miles and (2) even at my best, I simply cannot hang with you spindly-legged climbing farts.

A mild warning for anyone doing The Plunge coming off Morgan - it is a gret descent, with good sight lines and good pavement, but it's a lane and a half wide. It is safe and fun, but you need to take full advantage of those good sight lines so you can be prepared to go by cars (and large, oversized pickup trucks) coming up the hill with significantly less room than you are used to. Again, it is safe and fun, but if you are not mentally prepared for the narrower-than-usual road it can be unnecessarily scary. With this in mind, you should have zero problems. Enjoy.
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Looks like a great ride, how long does it take you guys to climb Diablo?
Most of us will be in 1.5 hour range +/- maybe a little longer.
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If I started in Danville at 9:00 am, I might - and I emphasize "might" - make it to the Junction before you guys.
And you'd pass me still climbing on your way back down.
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Maybe... I call sucking Glenn's wheel all day!

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Ha! I'm about two years older and two years slower than the last time I rode with you. I may be sucking your wheel all day.
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Old 10-20-11, 09:52 AM
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MyLilPony says "we are in" so Tricia and I will be there, watching you all disappear on the horizon, and probably bailing at the junction. But we'll start with you!
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This is gonna be great! Lots of new faces, and some faces I like seeing. Outstanding! And for the record, I don't mind pulling - but you'll be stuck at whatever pace I'm riding!
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This sounds like too good a group to pass up, so I'm in too. Although I'm with Curtis and already considering the junction bail-out route.
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... I'm in ...
I just had this funny feeling today that you might want to come. I was thinking about that at work today.
Sweet! I hear good things about your climbing chops these days.
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I just had this funny feeling today that you might want to come. I was thinking about that at work today.
Sweet! I hear good things about your climbing chops these days.
Its all relative. You'll still be waiting for me at the top!
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Went for a recon ride in the car, i can see how "The Plunge" can be fun yet a bit dangerous with those blind/narrow corners esp at the speeds it can send you into them.
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Really The Plunge isn't that bad. You can see the approach to many of the corners before you get to them to know if there is traffic coming. It is one of the places I've passed a motorcycle.

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It occurs to me that a windbreaker will be a good thing to pack along. It may be a chilly descent coming down Diablo. I have a spare, Mens size M, in blue if anyone wants it. It's too big for me now and up for grabs. Pay it forward, and all that. Just let me know so I can bring it along.
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