- Old LaHonda/Haskins/Pescadero/Tunitas loop. 57.6 miles, 5,863ft of climbing.
- Easy ride up Old LaHonda. How easy? 25 minutes easy, nearly 3 minutes off normal pace.
- Noted LaHonda store, closed last Sunday, was open today. Blue Herons, Turtles, Ducks, and what’s the bird with the really tall legs? Almost stork-like?
- Easy ride up Haskins, about 12 mintues, 2 minutes off normal pace.
- Arcangeli Grocery (fancy name for Pescadero Bakery & store) now sells “real” Coke from Mexico (cane sugar instead of corn syrup). They still recognize Kevin at the sandwich counter in back, remember his order and start making his sandwich (Chicken Club) before he gets to the front of the line.
- Saw super-skinny cyclist in a Stanford kit in Pescadero; saw him again at the Bike Hut on Tunitas. Assumed he’d pass us on the way up but never did.
- Pretty strong headwinds on Stage Road heading north.
- Other than the wind, the weather was about as perfect as you can get, between 65 and 75 degrees.
- Kevin was the weakest link on Old LaHonda and Haskins, but found his strength on Tunitas.
- Trying to keep Kevin in sight on Tunitas, I started feeling some hamstring issues, a rare thing for me. A lower gear might have helped, but since the pain comes with each turn of the cranks, and a lower gear means more turns of the crank, does it really matter?
- Kevin had no seizures, a major accomplishment lately!
So who are all those people at the top of Kings? No way I’m going to keep track of them. We started out with just myself, both Kevins, Karl, Eric…was that it? And by the time we got to the top we’d added quite a few more; they’d gone up a few minutes ahead of us, thinking they needed to do that or they might fall behind. Um, not today.
We were delayed very slightly by Kevin having a short seizure right after the timing point for the start of the King’s climb, but recovery was fast, and about 2/3rds of the way up, according to Kevin (not the pilot), he and the other Kevin decided it was time to kick up the pace, and away they went. Eventually they shed Karl, but I was gone much before that, pretty much as soon as they kicked up the power.
I’m trying out the new Garmin VirbXE camera/GPS unit on my bike, which, if I edited it correctly, shows the section on Kings where I got shelled. To be truthful, the first minute or two shows me hanging with them, pretending I can ride with the fast guys.
The rest of the ride was the usual manageable run across Skyline and gorgeous (as always) West Old LaHonda section. The usual. And, as usual, I felt a lot better at the end of the ride than the beginning. Could be worse!