Category Archives: Tues/Thurs 7:45am ride

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

Rain has no future in my dreams!

Let’s forget about rain for a moment, and think about the awesome days ahead. Days like this one, in France.

OK, it’s not like I can deny the existence of rain. It intruded once again on this morning’s ride, which saw three of us climbing Kings (myself and both Kevins), and I even managed to catch up to a couple others who were heading up the hill. For a wet ride, it wasn’t all that bad, and I certainly felt a lot better than I did on Thursday’s ride.

But tonight I got to looking through older photos and of course, I’ve got a ton of them from France. I was looking at the 2015 trip, the last time I visited the Alps with Kevin (last year’s trip came close, seeing a stage in the nearby Jura mountains for just a day). 2015 was definitely one of the top trips when I look back upon it; we discovered a phenomenal apartment in Grenoble, and we managed to do all but one day of the trip out of that single location (we took the train back into Paris for the finale and spend one night there before flying home, but 8 or 9 nights in one place, Grenoble, was really nice). We discovered a ton of little back roads, found a few kebab places in Grenoble, and even rode up a mountain named “Col de Morte”. Morte = “death” in French.

It’s still up in the air whether I can make it this year or not. If I do, it’s going to be a shorter trip, leaving on Sunday the 16th and returning Monday the 24th. And it would be without Kevin (my son, not the pilot), who’s been with me on all of the trips from 2008-on. If I don’t go, it will be only the second year I’ve missed the ‘tour since I started this ritual in 2000 (Kevin and I missed going in 2009). Who knows, could be there’s a bit of a mortality issue driving my desire to keep going, because who knows how much longer I’ll be able to do the big climbs?

In the meantime, I’ll keep riding Kings, I’ll keep hitting up the Pescadero Bakery, and those are great things to be sure, but in my dreams, it will be France. –Mike–

Highway 84 could shut down completely at any time! Be aware that Old LaHonda could quickly become a nightmare.

Well this is new! Descending 84 into Woodside, Kevin and I came across a new chunk of missing roadway.

Dropping into Woodside from Skyline, as Kevin and I do every single Tuesday & Thursday morning, we had a surprise… a new section of missing roadway, something that appears to have fallen away earlier this morning, based on the quickie/temporary nature of the lane closure. This could be something relatively minor, or a real major issue. We weren’t able to see the extent to which the pavement was undermined, or if there was a pipe running underneath the road at that point, something where water might have found its way around the outside and removed support for the roadway. If the latter, the fix might not be that tough. But if the hillside is slipping away in that area, we’re then looking at possibly-major roadwork that might shut down both lanes.

If 84 is shut down, the alternatives become Old LaHonda and Kings Mountain. With traffic diverted from 84, Old LaHonda would be an extremely dangerous road to ride, not to mention residents will blame anything in their way as being the source of all of the day’s problems. You don’t want to be that person.

Here’s the link to check for current conditions on 84.

We’ll keep an eye on this and try to send out an email if anything changes. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it looks. –MikeJ