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Old 02-25-15, 08:42 PM
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Diablo, N Gate, Parking?

I may be riding up N Gate tomorrow. Any suggestions on places nearby to park? North Gate Park for example?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-25-15, 08:56 PM
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Arbolado Park in Walnut Creek is the ultimate North Gate parking spot.

Bathrooms weren't open this last Sunday morning at 9am, but they've always been in the past when I went on a weekday.
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Originally Posted by anotherbrian View Post
Arbolado Park in Walnut Creek is the ultimate North Gate parking spot.
That is my preference as well, although I have parked in front of the Mormon Church at the corner of Dorncaster and North Gate Rd. Works OK as long as I don't need to use the bathroom (in which case the park is the winner, hands down).
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Old 02-26-15, 12:59 AM
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#1 Arbolado
#2 Library
#3 Encina

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Most convenient is street parking on Doncaster across from the church, which is at the corner of Doncaster and N Gate. If you want a quick warm up, ride down Doncaster to Arbolado and loop around back to N Gate. Nice little 8-9% climb to get the blood going . Also sometimes I'll ride over to the road up to Boundary Oak Golf Club. Nice steady Diablo-like gradient, do a couple of laps. I find that if I park right by the mountain, I don't feel as good as if I get a decent warm up in first.
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BTW, DiabloScott, have you seen this shirt yet? Kind of a crappy selfie shot, but I'm wearing it at work today so it's the best I can do . My GF bought it for me at Mike's Bikes as a B-day gift. Notice the incorrect elevation...?
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cthenn, what is the elevation? I used to do Diablo when I lived in Alameda. No car. Those were long days. And once from a friend's in Walnut Creek, using the old fixie I had in the back of my VW bus as I drove the country looking for work. (I did walk the final steep stretch. Almost as demanding and painful was the ride down.)

Those descents served me well. Three years ago, I rode the Crater Lake edition of Cycle Oregon. The day after Crater Lake we rode into Ashland down Dead Indian Memorial Road. 16 miles. Thousands of feet. I went down by myself, fixed, on a 42-12, a very high gear for fixed. What a blast! And after about a mile or two, the road came into the open, a rolling, grassy descent with turn, terrain and vegetation exactly like Contra Costa County, Mt Diablo! Exactly. I knew what every turn looked like down to the pavement, grade and line without having ever seen it before. (Ths was on excellent pavement, not far from what Diablo had in the early '80s. I hear that has changed.)

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Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
BTW, DiabloScott, have you seen this shirt yet? Kind of a crappy selfie shot, but I'm wearing it at work today so it's the best I can do . My GF bought it for me at Mike's Bikes as a B-day gift. Notice the incorrect elevation...?
Cool! Hmmm, an extra 15 feet...maybe that's the elevation on the observation deck? Or maybe somebody just made it up.

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Thanks for the parking suggestion. It was perfect!
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Thanks for the parking suggestion. It was perfect!
Who won? (There were a lot of suggestions!)
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Cool! Hmmm, an extra 15 feet...maybe that's the elevation on the observation deck? Or maybe somebody just made it up.

The bronze plaque at the top also confirms. So does Wikipedia, so that should silence any doubt!
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Who won? (There were a lot of suggestions!)
Arbolado Park. We rode up to the Junction with a fellow named Dan. He was on some sort of Ti framed bike. Nice fellow.
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