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Page Mill up/RWG down. Or vice versa. Which is easier?

One of the steeper sections of Page Mill, with a few cyclists ahead, none of whom I was considering chasing down.
Not sure how I let Kevin rope me into Page Mill again. The original plan was to do the traditional Pescadero/Tunitas ride, and I’m really not sure what kept us from that. At first it was because Kevin wanted to do something shorter, but what we ended up doing was actually a bit longer. It did prevent us from having to climb Redwood Gulch, but not sure if that’s actually tougher than Page Mill?

The Page Mill/Hwy9/return via foothill routing includes that long drag between Page Mill and Highway 9, which Strava says is under 27 minutes of suffering, so how bad can it really be? It just seems to go on forever. As weak as I felt climbing Page Mill, I felt strong on Skyline. As I’ve said before, the really steep stuff kills me. I just can’t maintain the power.

Overall a good ride, better than expected. And my last longer ride for a while; I leave on vacation with my wife for two weeks starting Thanksgiving Day. A very long time off a bike!

Chasing a garbage truck in reverse on Greer… quite the metaphor

Another cold morning, although not even close to record-breaking territory; never got below 37 I think? Coldest-ride ever saw a temp of 23 many, many years ago. I was a different person then; if I encountered temps like that now, even my electrically-heated gloves wouldn’t be able to keep my fingers from freezing in place.

Just me and Kevin, and no more than 4 others we saw during the entire ride. For a brief (very brief) period of time, I was thinking I might feel pretty good on the climb, as I was able to climb Jefferson with relative ease. An unusual thing, that! But getting caught behind the garbage truck in reverse set the tone for things to come. It was a pretty slow and deliberate ride, even though it did warm up quite a bit as we climbed.

Cars were being a bit nuts this morning; it was like a driver’s ed film on steroids. People coming out of driveways or merging from one road to another without paying any attention Tuesday, it was deer all over the place. Not sure which is worse.

Turning from 84 onto West Old LaHond one has to be very careful of cars, but the surprise today was a bike coming around the corner! Somebody feeling a lot better than us; he passed us pretty quickly and we were never really able to get close to him after that.
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