So what does it tell me when a 65 year old guy shows up and out-climbs me?

The obligatory picture of West Old LaHonda, always a beautiful view whether a clear or cloudy day!
The obligatory picture of West Old LaHonda, always a beautiful view whether a clear or cloudy day!

Warm this morning? Oh yeah, still wore leg warmers and light base layers, but definitely didn’t need the base layers. Leg warmers? It was still as cool as 51 or so early in the ride, and early-on in my racing days I was taught nothing was more-important than keeping you knees warm. 60 degrees and below, definitely keep ’em covered!

Today’s riders- Kevin, Kevin, Karl, Karen, Eric, George and that 65-year-old guy, Scott, I think? Kevin, Kevin and Scott were riding off the front a bit, although I wasn’t doing that badly behind, trying to hang with Karl. About 3/4 of the way up Kings I got to take an unexpected (but welcome) rest when Kevin “seized up” and spent just over two minutes on the ground.

You know it's a nice day when you have strong shadows! ( especially when they're chasing you, rather than beating you).
You know it’s a nice day when you have strong shadows! (
especially when they’re chasing you, rather than beating you).

Kevin sought, and got, redemption on the upper flanks of West Old LaHonda. Since Karl had to shorten the ride and leave us at Sky Londa, Kevin had the opportunity to drive the pace and do his rocket-thing on that final steep pitch up to Skyline.

But that Scott guy, 65 years old and able to ditch me on Kings. How does that make me feel? On the one hand, a sense of defeat, as in, I’m worse-off than I thought. The flip side? That I could potentially be a stronger rider in 5 or 6 years than I am today!

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61 mile bike ride to pick up a new camera? Why not!

If you can't eat at the Pescadero Bakery, Mr. Mustard's a good 2nd choice!
If you can’t eat at the Pescadero Bakery, Mr. Mustard’s a good 2nd choice!

Ok, doesn’t take much to see that’s a weird route, at least not what I’d normally do on a Sunday. And it might have been what I’d normally do on a Sunday (inevitably including a stop in Pescadero for lunch). But it was destined to be a bit different from the start, as Keeble & Shuchat had just received the new camera I’ve been waiting for (Canon T6s) and, since I don’t own a car, had to create a ride that also dropped by Palo Alto to pick it up.

Picking up the camera, using one of the Tour de France freebie TdF bags to carry it home
Picking up the camera, using one of the Tour de France freebie TdF bags to carry it home
It was made up as Kevin and I rode along, first ditching Pescadero after we’d climbed Old LaHonda. We did at first have a plan (we always have a plan), which included the Pescadero loop, then heading back up to Skyline via West Alpine, descend Page Mill all the way to Palo Alto, pick up the camera and go home. We kept West Alpine in the mix, then rode south on Skyline to 9, hot dogs with Mr. Mustard, then dropped down 9 & Redwood Gulch, stopped by our Los Altos store for a bit, then battled crosswinds on Foothill as we headed back north.

It turned out to be not-so-bad. Even picking up the camera and having coffee in Palo Alto. Nice camera by the way.

In the end it turns out you really can do just about whatever you need to on a bike. Even riding 61 miles to pick up a camera.

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