Category Archives: Ride reports (not Tu/Th)

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

Good to stick to the plan, unless it’s not good to stick to the plan

It’s Sunday, and Sundays there’s a default ride that’s become nearly as routine as Tuesday & Thursday mornings. Up Old LaHonda, over Haskins to Pescadero, Stage Road to Tunitas & back. Today we were simply too lazy to really think of anything else to do. But things didn’t turn out quite the way we didn’t plan them to.

Old LaHonda, same as it ever was, finally got back to 1000+ VAM again. Nothing really fast at 23:02 but fast enough on the first part to “launch” Kevin and tell him to race on ahead. He finished almost exactly three minutes ahead of me, still on the same day, so I’m good. Other side of the hill though? We stopped at the “picture spot” on West Old LaHonda and saw one heck of a lot of fog out on the coast. We were dressed for a nice warm day, our bikes had been cleaned up a bit (not really, just cosmetic stuff so they’re not too embarassing), and started thinking of alternatives. We both came to the same thing at the same time. West Alpine. But then what? Well, if you’re going to change the plan, you gotta pay the piper and make it a bit ugly right? Best way to do that is head south on Skyline to 9. Skyline the “hard” way.

Truth be told, it wasn’t that hard, and came with a reward- a hot dog and coke from Mr. Mustard! Then it was time to descend 9, take the Redwood Gulch cutoff and drop in on our Los Altos store, say hi, then coffee at Peets before heading back to Redwood City, looping through the Foothills. It was all very nice until I decided to try and get Kevin to spend some time in the drops (the lower part of the handlebar on a road bike). I had to explain that it’s not for aerodynamics but rather to use some different muscles. Big mistake. He discovered it really worked, and nearly blew me off his wheel heading north on Canada! Wondering what I’ve unleashed. But it’s a good thing. Just got to figure out why.

If I could subtract 1 minute from my time up Tunitas for each degree over 70…


72 degrees on the coast (actually, as cool as 67!), 101 degrees in Woodside. What’s not to like? Well that depends where you’re spending most of your time! Fortunately, we made it to the coast before things really got to warm up inland. Upper-80s, finally hitting 90 by the time we got to LaHonda, then a gradual cool-down heading to Pescadero.

Mandatory stop for sandwich and a well-deserved 20oz Mtn Dew (no debate this time whether 12 ounces ought to be enough) before heading north on Stage. Thankfully, the winds were pretty much coming in from the coast, rather than heading down from the north.

Tunitas was taken at a moderate pace, even stopping on the way up to take the video you (hopefully) see at the top of this post. Anything under an hour was going to be fine today, and we managed that just fine. No question that it’s tougher climbing Tunitas on a warm day though!

Descending Kings wasn’t much fun due to pretty heavy traffic heading up the hill; my assumption is that, on a busy day (as would be the case when it’s hot inland and cool at the coast, with everyone trying to flee the heat), 84 had quite a bottleneck created by the single-lane sections, causing people to use Kings & Tunitas instead.

We waited FOREVER for it to finally warm up. But couldn’t it have done so more gradually, instead of going from “cool” to “furnace” in just a few days?

193 watts weighted power is a bit lower than expected, but the heat is probably the reason for most of that, plus it’s likely the medication I’m on has reduced my heat tolerance a bit. Whatever, still great to be out on a bike ride!