Category Archives: Ride reports (not Tu/Th)

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

66 miles in 3 parts, 1st view of coast in a very long time

Poppys on lower flank of Tunitas Creek
So yes, I pushed a bit past the new 10 mile radius from home limit today, finally getting out to the coast via Old LaHonda & 84. Non-stop so no chance to infect anyone or pick up an infection, and even passed on the chance to draft a couple of guys while fighting the headwind to the coast. Let me tell you, that took some will power!

The social distancing concept still needs some work; I saw a pretty large group gathering at the base of Old LaHonda, and quite a few at the top of Kings. Until we’ve got this thing really under control, I don’t think riding in group of more than 4 or 5 is a sensible thing to do right now. Just sends the wrong message. Never mind that I was definitely pushing the range limit myself today.

After getting home from ride #1 I went out for a “lunch” ride with my wife (she cheated with an ebike), and then after that, went back out yet again and did an out & back on Canada. More miles in one day than I’ve had in a very long time!

Really nice day to ride Page Mill… if you wanted to ride Page Mill

It’s tough not being able to ride to the coast anymore, since that makes you a pretty easy target for violating the 5 mile radius from home restriction. It’s actually pretty much impossible to get in a good ride at all that’s within a 5 mile radius, so yes, I’ve been stretching it a bit. Today, OK, more than a bit at 12.14 miles. Up Page Mill, down West Alpine, back up 84 & West Old LaHonda then descend back into Woodside on 84.

Why Page Mill? Yeah, good question. It’s probably my least-favorite hill because I just can’t get a rhythm on it. The pitch varies too much and my breathing works best with a pretty steady load. But I got there, enjoying the nice views and especially enjoying a ride that didn’t require long-fingered gloves, base layer or leg warmers! Coldest temp I saw was 60.4 degrees I think.

Yes, LOTS of cyclists out there, but a bit worrisome that it could have been as few as 10% using flashing front & rear lights.

The other thing I saw lots of were cars heading out to the coast on 84. Zillions of them. If anything, more than I’d see on a normal Sunday (pre- Covid-19). There were two Sheriff’s cars parked at Sky L’onda, but they didn’t seem to be doing anything. I have a hard time believing all those drivers had essential business out on the coast. As for the cyclists, we are in fact recognized as legit because we’re exercising. That’s the case in every California County Shelter ordinance I’m aware of. Of course, only San Mateo county places the 5 mile radius from home limit…