Category Archives: Ride reports (not Tu/Th)

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

Avoiding Old LaHonda meant riding up Page Mill today, that Part 1. Part 2 was riding Arastradero with Becky.


Just me and older (pilot) Kevin on the ride today, although we came across and rode with Eric, one of our regulars on Tuesday & Thursday mornings. An unusual route today, ditching the┬ánormal Sunday start up Old LaHonda in favor of heading up Page Mill. Old LaHonda didn’t seem like a good idea, with the various road closures the hills have been seeing lately.

Thankfully (pilot) Kevin’s legs had been softened by a hard ride yesterday, giving me a chance to try and keep up, or at least not slow him down much, on the climbs. I survived Page Mill and, surprisingly, seemed to be ok on the steepest sections. After Page we descended West Alpine (apparently pretty quickly, since I got a PR), then out to San Gregorio. What, no sandwich or cookie stop at Pescadero? Not today; Kevin (pilot) had to get back home by 12:30.

So Stage Road to Tunitas, but instead of going all the way to Skyline we detoured off Star Hill, dropping Kevin off at home while I headed south on Skyline. I wanted both a few more miles plus the chance to check out the road damage from the storm. I can confirm a lot of downed trees! The photo at the top is from the carnage just prior to the descent towards Sky Londa. Not sure what it means.

I also wanted to check out the roadwork on 84 and time the delay; today it was 7 minutes, longest yet I think, but tolerable.

But wait, there’s more! After returning home I went back out for a short mountain bike ride at Arastradero with Becky. I definitely need more time off-road, but don’t think I’ll ever enjoy it nearly as much as I do my time on the road.

In the end it was about a 68 mile day, maybe 9 miles more than I’ve ridden in a while, and got to say, the legs feel it a bit, and that feeling is good. ­čÖé

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The Mystery of Marcus Rock Explained!

Far left, Kevin having to survive a trip to Pescadero without a suitable cookie! Middle is the mysterious rock on Tunitas that Marcus posted on Strava. Far right it appears Kevin has discovered its source!

Superbowl Sunday- typically a nice day to ride because there’s not much traffic on the roads. Definitely the case today; in fact, very few bicyclists on the other side of the hill either! Probably because the forecast afternoon rain scared people away from longer rides.

We had toyed with the idea of doing the reverse Pescadero loop (counter-clockwise) and climbing West Alpine, but with the potential for wet roads decided a longer ride might not be the best idea, so we settled on what’s become the usual Sunday ride for me & Kevin… up Old LaHonda, over Haskins, Stage Road then Tunitas. Same as last week. Same as the week before that too if I recall correctly. And my times we just the tiniest bit faster on Old LaHonda (24:00 vs 24:12) and Haskins (10:34 vs 10:49). What Strava isn’t showing is the segment between Flamingo house & Pescadero, where Kevin was absolutely drilling it. I insisted to Kevin that I was actually pushing him from behind, but the truth is that I was doing everything I could just to hang on.

The Pescadero Bakery/General Store was the quietest we’ve seen in ages, and yet… no selection of face-sized cookies! Kevin had something else, as you can see in the photo. But it’s not the same without the cookie face test.

The big surprise was the tailwind heading north on Stage! That’s something you can’t let go to waste, so I made sure we pushed the pace a bit and got a new PR for the first climb… by 1 second. That’s cutting things close! The tail wind also provided for a very fast descent on Highway 1 to Tunitas, and knowing that we’re only 11 seconds off the Strava record for the segment, well, next time there’s a tail wind on that segment, I’m going for it.

On Tunitas we looked for and found the rock Marcus Gosling posted a photo of on Strava. To be truthful, I’d seen the rock last week and pointed it out to Kevin, although he had no memory of that whatsoever. It’s a very odd shape for a rock, leading us to wonder if it is in fact extra-terrestrial, possibly placed there by ancient aliens. Or maybe it’s the world’s biggest kidney stone from a prehistoric dinosaur. Kevin did discover where it had most-recently come from though, on the hillside on the opposite side of the road.

We took it very easy up Tunitas, even stopping a couple times for photos on the way up. The weather was beginning to move in on us, not bad until we began the descent on Kings, and by the time we got home, it was more than just sprinkles. Curiously, it pretty much stopped for two hours right!

Sadly it looks like the usual weather pattern has daily rain on weekdays, clearing up only on the weekend, so it might be another week before we’re out on our Madones again. This year our rain bikes are getting quite the workout… but at least not today.

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