Category Archives: Ride reports (not Tu/Th)

Ride reports for everything *but* the Tuesday-Thursday morning ride

If more of us rode on days like this, wouldn’t we be filtering the air, making it better for everyone else?

My phone actually tried to self-filter the haze; it looked a lot worse than this.
There was no way I wouldn’t be riding today. Last Sunday was a very easy ride with my friend Larry (people who live in Houston don’t climb very fast), and I missed out on Thursday’s ride due to the medical conference I attended. So today I was feeling like I really needed a ride, precisely because I felt like it wouldn’t be tough making an excuse not to. The air wasn’t very pretty. Kevin felt quite a bit worse; he’d also skipped the Thursday ride (for no good reason other than the fact I wasn’t there) and felt like he was coming down with a cold.

The plan was the usual, but we shortened it up a bit after getting to the other side of Old LaHonda and seeing the coast looked worse than the bay side. Should mention that there was NOBODY on Old LaHonda. Nobody. We saw one, just one bike coming down the hill, zero going up. Almost no cars either. Spookily quiet. Guess everyone believed the sign at the bottom, that said the road was going to be closed about 3/4 of the way up the hill, for tree work. You’re wondering why we went up anyway? Well, I wondered if they would really be doing that work on a Sunday, and if they were, it wouldn’t be such a terrible thing if we had to turn around and get in the miles elsewhere. It’s not like we’d be disappointed because there’s something really special about making it to the top of Old LaHonda, not after doing it a few hundred times anyway. As it turned out, no work of any kind going on today, nor is it likely anything tomorrow (Monday) on Veteran’s Day.

I’m not even going to look at our time up the hill; it was slow. Kevin just wasn’t feeling it today, but he did get better as we went. On the other side we tried a “Facebook Live” video, reporting on the smoke, something which I’m sure has been seen by at least 2 or 3 people by now?

West Alpine was even-slower. We did stop to take the photo seen above, but even if we hadn’t, the time still would have been about 55 minutes.

Still surprises me that so few were out riding. The air wasn’t that bad. Your throat might have felt a bit dry, but we weren’t hacking, and if we had run into issues, we could have called for a ride back. And, as I mentioned, we were feeling better as the ride progressed. Plus, the longer we rode, the more we filtered out the smoke, making it better for everyone else!

Heavy enforcement action on Canada Road today, plus easy ride with an old friend

Heavy stop-sign enforcement on Canada Road for the Glenwood stop sign. Pretty much the entire PenVelo ride got pulled over and ticketed.
November 4th, and it’s clear skies, 59-68 degrees, light wind. Kevin was off hiking with a friend, but it wasn’t a solo effort today; Larry, someone I used to race with back in the 70s and rode in France with two years ago, was out here on business and joined me for a ride.

Since it’s Sunday it was the “usual” ride- Old LaHonda, Pescadero, Tunitas. Since it wasn’t with Kevin, it didn’t have to be fast. And… it wasn’t. We’re talking 34 minutes up Old LaHonda, 15 minutes up Haskins and an 1 hour 25 minutes up Tunitas. But hey, the ride down Kings was fast! And we definitely had a better ride than all those guys on the Pen Velo ride seen in the photo above, who were pulled over, en masse, for rolling through the Glenwood stop sign on Canada Road.

Regarding Thursday’s missing ride entry, yes, we did ride, myself, Kevin (younger Kevin) and Karen. Kevin was having a “bad peach” day (er, poop issues) so we had to make an unscheduled and fairly long stop at Sky Londa to use the restroom there, which didn’t allow us enough time to do the full West Old LaHonda loop. So instead, just to do something different, we headed down Old LaHonda road. I really don’t see the attraction to descending Old LaHonda. Too narrow, and neither cars nor cyclists heading up stay in their lane. Plus no opportunities to get any speed either.