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

Shortened ride (early biz meeting) & too late to help the snake

Snakes don't have good odds of making it across a busy road, and we're not always there to help.
Snakes don’t have good odds of making it across a busy road, and we’re not always there to help.

The plan (there’s always a plan) was to do a no-nonsense ride, getting up the hill as quickly as possible, keeping regroup & chat time to an absolute minimum, so I could get back in time to take a quick shower and make it to the shop by 10am for a business conference call for the NBDA (National Bicycle Dealer Association).Things were initially looking good; I was feeling OK up the hill, even getting ahead of Kevin and maybe Karen & JR for a bit. But it took a bit of time to collect everyone at the top of Kings, and by the time we got to Sky Londa it was clear we were too far behind schedule to make the phone call. Darn. I had to send Kevin on with Eric and JR for the “fun” part of the ride (West Old LaHonda) while I headed back down into Woodside on my own.

But what about the snake? Kevin spotted it on the way to the start of the ride, near the top of Jefferson, coiled up at the side of the road, unfortunately already having been run over by a car. I stopped and took a picture on the way back. Poor guy. Rather strange to see a snake out on a cold morning.

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It shouldn’t be colder than my age. Not that I wouldn’t mind being 39 again…

What happened to the warm weather of April? Just a short time ago I was looking forward to not having to dress for cool/cold weather on the Tuesday & Thursday-morning rides, but nope, it’s long-finger gloves, base layer and leg warmers. As it finally does get warmer, the long-fingered gloves go first, base layer next, and, finally, leg warmers. Why leg warmers last? Because that’s not just a matter of comfort, but keeping the knees working well & pain-free. A generalization that most don’t protect their knees as they should would not be incorrect.

It wasn’t fast this morning, but not dreadfully-slow either. Younger Kevin, Karl, Eric, Marcus and I’m sure I’m leaving someone else out but can’t figure out who. Got it. George is the missing person. Marcus did his usual thing on Skyline, an heroic pull across the top, with the rest of us strung out behind, trying to hang onto his wheel. Very impressive. A bit wet up on top, which makes it easy for me to personally demonstrate to customers how much damage is done to a bike without it having to actually rain.

Younger Kevin is back to his old tricks, winning both the West Old LaHonda and final Olive Hill sprints. Me, I’m just happy right now if I’m in position to watch, but plan to be contesting again shortly, soon as it warms up.

Which will happen soon, right?

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