Category Archives: Ride reports (not Tu/Th)

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

A Delorean passed by but it didn’t transport me back in time

On the left Kevin’s on the final Stage Road climb to Highway 1; on the right, flatter part of Tunitas, he’s enjoying what’s left of a Coke. Life definitely went better after the Coke!
Nothing different from the normal Sunday routine, except that I got up quite a bit earlier than Kevin to watch the final stage of Paris Nice, and after that, spent some time cleaning a bad winter’s collection of mud off our bieks before the ride.

Ohmygosh it was beautiful out there today! First time in many months we got to leave the legwarmers, base layers and jackets at home. Lowest temp I saw was maybe 61? Lower 70s were the norm. Nice enough that Kevin overcooked it a bit climbing Old LaHonda; I saw him for the first 6 minutes or so and then he was gone. It’s going to take him a bit of time to get back to full speed, but at just over 20 minutes, he’s way faster than I am!

We did the outlaw thing, like everybody else, riding West Old LaHonda through the “dangerous” closed section (which hasn’t seemed to have changed at all these past two weeks). The climb over Haskins was pretty slow, although we can blame most of it on stopping to help someone in a car figure out how to get to the coast. Pretty easy; just stay on the same road and it dead ends at the ocean!

The bakery/market in Pescadero was packed, which shouldn’t be a surprise, given how nice it was. We’re such regulars there that they start making Kevin’s sandwich as soon as they spot him in line though, so that saved some time. They even know him by name (which they wrote on the sandwich).

Stage Road? Yeah, tough headwind today, but the only really bad part is just that first few miles to the base of the first climb. Tunitas? Very easy; Kevin was feeling the effects of his Old LaHonda effort. He felt a lot better after drinking the half bottle of coke that I couldn’t finish in Pescadero and brought with me though.

I can definitely get used to days like this. After the winter we’ve had, yeah, we’ve paid our dues. Time to really enjoy riding on warm days and put the rain bikes aside for a while. Hopefully a long while. 🙂

Is anyone else ready for winter to be over?

I’m not sure what today was. It depended upon which 90 minute slice of it you were experiencing. When I was riding through Woodside at noon, it was beautiful. Cold, sure, but the light wind had dried out the pavement and the sun was out. Climbing Old LaHonda I watched the temp start to decline, and I figured it was just from the higher elevation. Maybe it was, because by the time I got over to the West Old LaHonda side, it started to warm up again, and the sun was still out.

I spent some time studying the “closed” section of West Old LaHonda, looking for reasons to agree with the county that bikes shouldn’t be allowed through. I found none. The road hasn’t decayed any further in the past couple of weeks, and the “unstable” hillside isn’t so steep that it’s suddenly going to give way and bury somebody. And I have yet to hear from anyone after calling and emailing the county road department.

After dutifully documenting the scene, I rode on, thinking I’d do a variant of the “ugly” ride, heading back up to Skyline and then north, maybe to Kings, or perhaps all the way to 92. That was before the rain started. Hey, it’s just rain. And before the temp dropped to 32. OK, now it’s wet and really cold! And then there’s the inconvenience of hail. Nope, this ride (solo, by the way, as Kevin wasn’t feeling well) was going to be much shorter than planned.

How short? About 26 miles short of my weekly 120 mile goal, and I really don’t want to keep finding reasons to not hit that target. It shouldn’t be that tough. So what to do? Obviously, time to hook up Kevin’s trainer and hit up Zwift Island after dinner. 1 hour 53 minutes later, done! Or so I thought. After uploading to Strava, I found out I couldn’t add. Or subtract. Whatever. 3.2 miles short. So after a brief break, it was back onto the trainer to bang out that last 3.2 miles.

Zwift definitely makes it possible to ride a trainer for an extended period of time. Still, it’s a whole lot easier, for me, to crank up the watts on the road. Not sure why; something to work on. I’m certain that time spent on Zwift, even if the watts are a bit low, is going to help me on the road.

In the meantime, you can check out the photos below, showing the closed section of West Old LaHonda as well as a really scary hillside on 84.