- Old LaHonda/Haskins/Pescadero/Tunitas loop. 57.6 miles, 5,863ft of climbing.
- Easy ride up Old LaHonda. How easy? 25 minutes easy, nearly 3 minutes off normal pace.
- Noted LaHonda store, closed last Sunday, was open today. Blue Herons, Turtles, Ducks, and what’s the bird with the really tall legs? Almost stork-like?
- Easy ride up Haskins, about 12 mintues, 2 minutes off normal pace.
- Arcangeli Grocery (fancy name for Pescadero Bakery & store) now sells “real” Coke from Mexico (cane sugar instead of corn syrup). They still recognize Kevin at the sandwich counter in back, remember his order and start making his sandwich (Chicken Club) before he gets to the front of the line.
- Saw super-skinny cyclist in a Stanford kit in Pescadero; saw him again at the Bike Hut on Tunitas. Assumed he’d pass us on the way up but never did.
- Pretty strong headwinds on Stage Road heading north.
- Other than the wind, the weather was about as perfect as you can get, between 65 and 75 degrees.
- Kevin was the weakest link on Old LaHonda and Haskins, but found his strength on Tunitas.
- Trying to keep Kevin in sight on Tunitas, I started feeling some hamstring issues, a rare thing for me. A lower gear might have helped, but since the pain comes with each turn of the cranks, and a lower gear means more turns of the crank, does it really matter?
- Kevin had no seizures, a major accomplishment lately!
It was supposed to be the reference ride, the usual Old LaHonda/Pescadero/Tunitas run. Something Kevin and I do all too often, but it’s a good way to figure out how you’re doing. Unfortunately, Kevin was still not feeling great (he’s got a kidney stone thing going again), so I finally went out on my own around noon. I figured I’d still do the same ride, but as I headed (not-so-quickly) up Old LaHonda I was thinking maybe I’d do something different, maybe it was time to do something kind of ugly. You know, ugly as in roads that might not be so fun, which often means riding a road that usually is fun, but only when ridden in the other direction.
I was debating some sort of ride up West Alpine, and honestly, I wasn’t sure which way I’d go until just before I got to the intersection, where you go straight and you’re heading up West Alpine, or curve right and it’s up over Haskins to Pescadero. Today, I chose West Alpine, and to make it ugly, when I hit Skyline, I headed south, the “ugly” direction, to Highway 9, then down to Redwood Gulch, Stevens Creek, and home via Foothill/Alameda. That’s a lot of flat stuff on the return, another component for “ugly.”
The “Pain Cave” refers to that steep stretch of West Alpine towards the top, where you go through the tree-tunnel.
This did give me the opportunity to check up on things in our Los Altos store, but not before first coming across Dale on Steven’s Creek, who was having a bit of trouble with his bike… his electric shifting was working in the back, not in the front. Simple; his battery had run low (that’s what Shimano Di2 does when the battery gets low; it stops shifting first on the front, then you’ll have about 80 shifts on the rear).
But why do an “ugly” ride? First, it builds character. Second, because you don’t do it very often, you get a lot of Strava PRs.