Saturday, I got to ride with a ton of folks here. We had an abundance of beer but little food. Luckily, Skyno roasted some peppers and made incredible salsa. That was sweeeet! Only sad part is I missed my kid's assault on the baseball. But my lovely wife had a camera so at least it's on video. I watched hundreds of games over the last seven years and I haven't seen a ball hit this well.
Sunday, full pancake breakfast, ribs in Pescadero and barbecue at home. Piny and pint of hagen daz and all was good.fc
Belch! Better put a few more lbs of air in the rear shock this week there FC.
I got to ride both days, one of the [few] benefits of essentially being raised by wolves is not having to worry about pilgrimages to the Hallmark shop for "Mother's, Father's, Aunt's, Uncle's, Pet Chinchilla Sparky's, etc., etc. Day" for cards or celebrations.
I rode the CX over the top of Nisene on Saturday from the south, and on the "Plastic Pig" from the Aptos side on Sunday. But for seeing the Ranger touring up and down the fire road BOTH days, it was pretty quiet out there.
Saturday was the shakedown ride for my CX26 MkII, a 1997 Marin Bear Valley SE. I had hoped to be done with the build before Saturday AM but had some headset issues (missing parts.) So after borrowing the parts from my next build I was ready to roll at 1. It was a wee bit warm as I left Walnut Creek for Redwood and the glorious East Ridge "trail". The shakedown ride bore out quickly as I saw a flash and heard a metallic ting on the MUP. I rolled back to find a disc brake caliper bolt laying there, thus explaining the odd effort it suddenly took to roll the front wheel. I Fixed that and moved on. My Garmin was reporting triple digits across the top of the ridge at Redwood and I was sucking water like mad. The temps were much nicer at Skyline Gate and a breeze was blowing in. Runners, Riders and Dogs gathered around the drinking fountain and cooled off. I knew West Ridge would be cooler and "funner" so the ride was getting good now. The bike was good, my CX26 MkI is full steel, for the Mk II I added carbon; fork, stem and bars - and a front disc brake. The only problem was the rather obnoxious buzzsaw of the Performance Terramax freewheel. From West Ridge I dropped down Baccharus (SP?) to Dunn and the disc brakes were a solid addition. My original plan was to hit some of Lake Chabot but it was late and I was cooked, so I enjoyed the always cool descent of Redwood Rd and decided to attempt Canyon Trail again - fail. The last few miles were tough as my feet hurt and the damn freewheel was really bugging me. But a fun day of Mixed Terrain goodness none the less.
Clear day inland. Mt Burdell looking East to Diablo.
Picture framed Diablo midway up Big Rock Ridge.
Farther up towards Big Rock Summit.
View from several bumps and valleys later. Still a few more to go...
The Lady was tempting me to caress her summit contours, but alas, not for todays ride.
Finally at the towers.
Took a break to stretch with this healthy guy. He stayed a little while, then off into the grass.
Cresting the ridge towers and then dropping down on the newer swoopy single-track section of the Bay Are Ridge Trail to the "Big Rock" on Lucas Valley Rd, I was renewed with some hidden energy reserves, so I decide to bag one more peak in Loma Alta. Not wanting to do a straight up and back I split off before the final pitches onto seldom traveled Smith Ridge Fire Rd spur and circumvented around and down into a secluded canyon nestled below and to the West, then picking up the main route again coming up from the Fairfax side and continued to the top.
Pressed for time, water, and knowing if I dallied too long up there I'd pay for it on the long haul home back up to Petaluma, I passed on photo ops and sailed back down completing the counter-clockwise loop and retraced my ascent back down to LV Rd. Then out to refuel bottles and self at Rancho Nicascio.
Last edited by JMac47; 05-13-2013 at 03:01 PM.
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thx it really was a great ride - i signed up for a low key organized race/ride and had a blast following the route and socializing with the hosts post ride. Below is the flyer hope there is a Race to Mammoth 3 :-)