Ride support early, followed by “uneven” ride to the coast

Kevin and I started out the day doing ride support for the Foster City Community annual bike ride. Look closely at the fork on the kid's bike and you'll see it's backward...
Kevin and I started out the day doing ride support for the Foster City Community annual bike ride. Look closely at the fork on the kid’s bike and you’ll see it’s backward…
The "after" photo, with fork properly oriented.
The “after” photo, with fork properly oriented.

It was a longer day than most, starting out with our annual tire-pumping ritual at the Foster City Community Bike Ride. We’ve done this for a few years… it’s not technically difficult, but you do get a workout inflating a zillion bikes that arrive with very low air pressure. If you look closely at the photo, you’ll see the fork on the kid’s bike is reversed. This is not unusual for department-store bikes but creates serious handling issues (meaning, simply, the bike is dangerous to ride). Fortunately, an easy-enough fix for us.

Our tire inflation duties ended about 10:30 or so, just in time for an afternoon ride during the heat of the day. It was supposed to be the usual coast run, finishing up Tunitas, but Kevin was getting some flank pain again (kidney stone stuff) so by the time we arrived in Pescadero, he wasn’t in great shape. Better shape than one of the markets in Pescadero though, which had burned down early this morning.

The burned-out shell of the market in Pescadero
The burned-out shell of the market in Pescadero

We rode very, very slowly along Stage Road and then headed up 84 instead of continuing to Tunitas, calling for Sag Support (his sister) to meet him in LaHonda to give him a ride the rest of the way home. That left me free to hammer the rest of the way, up the relatively-shallow grade back to Skyline. I’ve really got to put that Strava segment onto my Garmin, because this is the second time in a few weeks where I’ve missed out on my best time (on that segment) by just a few seconds. Curiously, when I looked up my fastest time on that segment, it was also on a day that Kevin had to get sagged out in LaHonda, back in 2013.

Hot? Sure, it got up to about 90 at one point, upper-80s most of the time. I prefer it cooler, but I ride better when it’s in this temperature range.

The next few days won’t involve any bike riding; time to head to Las Vegas for the Interbike trade show. I’ll be around bikes, just not riding them. Hate that.

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Pretty nice this morning; where was everybody?

Ride home this evening, at an easy, sweat-free pace due to plumbing problems at home that meant no showers for a while. Hey, it's better than most excuses for an easy ride!
Ride home this evening, at an easy, sweat-free pace due to plumbing problems at home that meant no showers for a while. Hey, it’s better than most excuses for an easy ride!
This morning we finally saw Kevin (the kid) back on his bike, after a week off due to those pesky recurring kidney pains he’s prone to. Kinda strange that it started out only with the two of us; no older Kevin (he was flying back from Sydney), no JR, no Eric, no Karen or Scotty or Karl. We did pick up Marcus just before starting up the hill though… somebody to keep Kevin company as I rode a bit behind.

It was actually quite nice up on top; the morning fog disappeared shortly after the climb up through the park, and once again, the roads were dry! Probably the first time in ages where cleaning my bike hasn’t immediately been rewarded with damp roads that re-trashed my drivetrain.

A bit odd heading out towards West Old LaHonda with just myself and Kevin (Marcus rides only as far as his house off Skyline), but probably best there was nobody pushing Kevin too hard, after being off the bike for so long.

The photo at the top? That’s on the way home from work. Two weeks ago, we were riding home in daylight! Guess Summer is moving on.

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