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

A wet & beautiful morning

Yes, it would have been nice if it hadn’t been wet, just like it would have been nice if I hadn’t missed Tuesday’s ride for business meetings in San Diego. But guess the rain bike needs a few more outings before retirement (when I get my Trek Boone cross bike built up). Bigger group than I expected, with Todd, JR, Eric & Kevin (pilot; my son has a nasty cold). Slow up Kings, recovered on Skyline, nice final climb up West Old LaHonda before a slightly-sketchy descent on 84.

Yes, it hurts after a few days off the bike, sitting in a conference room, eating too much, but it would hurt even more to not ride. Besides, we have to prove how much more reliable a bike is than SFO airport, which barely allowed me to get home from San Diego Wednesday night due to a light drizzle. This time of year, if you have a choice, fly via San Jose. Far more reliable!

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Didn’t seem that bad this morning; Kevin and I actually arrived a minute or two late to the start of the regular Tuesday/Thursday-morning ride, anxiously looking for any signs of others who’d already gone on ahead, but could find no obvious evidence of bicycle tire marks on the wet pavement. As we headed onto Greer Road before going up through Huddart Park we came across a jogger not wearing earpieces (a rarity these days!) so we asked if he’d seen any other cyclists on the road… nope. Just us.

Yes, it rained lightly pretty much all of the ride, but it wasn’t too cold, about 54 on the way up, pretty much a steady 50, no lower than 48, up on Skyline and West Old LaHonda. Kevin wasn’t too fast today and I thought about asking if he wanted to head straight down from Sky Londa instead of doing the West Old LaHonda section, but instead I just let him lead and, sure enough, he made the right turn for the west side.

Not much view, just gray. And kinda wished it had really been raining, since we were ready for it (we were out on our rain bikes, ready for anything!). But still a nice ride. Saw only one other cyclist the entire time. Where was everybody? -Mike-

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