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Endless ramblings regarding the every Tuesday & Thursday-morning bike ride, leaving Olive Hill & Canada Road at 7:45am, rain or shine

A pretty awesome Thanksgiving Day ride

Simultaneously more-picturesque and more-difficult to photograph this morning, as the cold air (about 37 degrees) created a slight fog coming off the lake.
Simultaneously more-picturesque and more-difficult to photograph this morning, as the cold air (about 37 degrees) created a slight fog coming off the lake.
The weather can be a bit of a crapshoot for the annual Thanksgiving Day ride, but today, while perhaps a bit cold at times, was a great day to be out on a bike.

Just a few of us this time; myself, Kevin (my son; the pilot’s in Australia), Karen and Lanier. It was the usual Sunday routing; up Old LaHonda (where the other three rode on ahead while I was still trying to find my legs), the duck pond detour (ALWAYS worthwhile and this morning particularly so, with the mist coming off the pond and a large number of ducks), Haskins (the other three seemed to have mellowed out a bit here so I had not too much trouble hanging on), then breakfest/early lunch in Pescadero. Temperature on the way out ranged from 36 to 43 degrees, until we got near the coast where it warmed up nicely to 56.

Kevin and his tacos
Kevin and his tacos
Lanier is a worthy addition to our rides; he’s a time trial specialist and pulled us very strongly into Pescadero. Strongly enough that both Kevin and I had new personal bests for that segment, even though we, or at least I, had nothing to do with the effort.

The coast WAS clear! And warm.
The coast WAS clear! And warm.
Food at the Mexican restaurant that’s part of the gas station in Pescadero is unexpectedly good and very reasonably priced. Not to mention the only game in town on Thanksgiving, when the rest of the businesses are closed! Kevin quickly knocked down two tacos; I ate one.

Stage Road… slight headwind, not bad. The coast? Beautiful and clear. This time of year, it’s very common for the weather to be much nicer (warmer) along the coast than anywhere else. Often more clear too! Obviously no exception today.

Tunitas? I’d love to say it was fun, but it was… OK, it was fun. We weren’t in a rush, although Lanier was clearly in the best shape of anyone, doing one minute intervals every five minutes, and then circling back to the rest of us. Impressive! Even Kevin wasn’t interested in trying to duplicate his efforts.

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Nice morning, nice group, nice ride, Turkey Day ride info!

wolh_11_22_16It’s kinda nice, getting up when it’s pretty darned cold, knowing that you’ve got friends doing the same thing with you. Today it was both Kevins, Eric, JR, Lanier & George. Since it’s Tuesday, it was the regular run up Kings, and I dutifully found myself off the back before the halfway point. George, younger Kevin, Lanier & JR finished in the lead group, then Eric, and eventually older (pilot) Kevin and myself. Fortunately we did have an excuse, as pilot Kevin had a flat on the way up, which I dutifully stopped to assist with.

We had a slight surprise on West Old LaHonda when, just after entering the forest, we came face-to-face with a large truck coming in the other direction. Being a single-lane road, there wasn’t much room to get around it; we all just kinda came to a very sudden stop. The 6 of us must have come very close to toppling into each other, and yet every once of us managed to unclip and stop without incident.

Thursday we’ll have our traditional Turkey-Day ride. There will be two meeting points; the usual (Olive Hill & Canada Road) at 8:15am (not 7:45!), and another chance to catch us at the base of Old LaHonda at 8:30am. We’ll be heading up Old LaHonda, over Haskins to Pescadero (via the LaHonda duck pond), then Stage Road north and back via Tunitas. There will be a stop for food in Pescadero, either at Arcangeli Bakery/Market (if open) or else the Mexican restaurant at the gas station. Pace will be moderate; figure 25 minutes up Old LaHonda, 13 minutes up Haskins, and about 55-60 minutes up Tunitas from the coast. Should be back by 1pm or so. You’ll get to burn off the calories before you eat them!

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