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

A bit of a different Sunday ride

What do you supposed the view is worth from the house in the picture? “Million dollar view” doesn’t work anymore; I’m thinking maybe 6 million? I would waste so much time watching planes land and take off if I lived there…

First really nice & warm Sunday since… well, a very long time ago! Nice to not have to think about leg warmers, base layers & long-fingered gloves. I figured this would be a good day to hit up Pescadero & West Alpine, but Kevin was getting some kidney pain again (probably a micro-stone) so just getting him off the couch was going to be tough. I did come up with a decent Plan-B though. Ride to the humane society and find a kitty. There was historical precedence for this, as 8 year ago we rode to Modesto to look at and bring home our current psycho Corgi (meeting up with Becky there, to give both Kevin and I, and Jack, the new dog, a ride home).

Not so far today though, just Redwood City to Burlingame. As before we met up with Becky, and it was Kevin & Becky’s job to find a kitty (preferable a really scary one with huge fangs to torture and scare away the rat that’s invaded our kitchen) while I watched the bikes. And watched. And watched. I really didn’t expect it to take almost two hours!

Of course Kevin claimed he had to ride back in the car with Becky to keep an eye on the cat, so I took off into the hills above Burlingame, doing a few odd loops and having some fun on a few short steep hills before heading back. If you look at the Strava map, you’ll see an extra little spur in Woodside, needed so I could make sure to have at least 50 miles on the road.

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Unexpectedly-awesome Sequoia Century

IMG_0860_DxO1200Back in the day, the Sequoia Century was known for its 100 mile route that included a loop into Santa Cruz. I’d always looked forward to that, and in the years since it’s been removed, it just hasn’t quite been the same. In fact, last year Kevin and I didn’t even do the full 100 miles, opting instead to just ride 75, skipping the Gazos Creek extension.

Today, things would be different. I didn’t even consider a shorter option, and it turned out to be a great ride. Sure, Redwood Gulch was still not much fun (much?), and it did turn a bit gray as we descended West Alpine towards the coast. But as we headed towards the coast after the LaHonda rest stop, we tacked onto a “train” that was running a bit faster than ours, and rode the entire coast section with two guys (Dave & Orion) that pushed us to go faster, while giving us some protection (drafting) from the winds on the coast. There’s no question we wouldn’t have had so many Strava “accomplishment” if we hadn’t hooked up with them! And Kevin even spent quite a bit of time at the front, driving the pace.

The end result was a really enjoyable ride. The only modification was due to the fact that we rode our bikes to the start (Foothill College), and ended the ride back home, instead of riding back to Foothill College. It actually added a few miles too; 104 instead of 100.

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