Started out very slow, picked up speed later

Corgis make every ride better!
Corgis make every ride better!
This was not the typical Sunday ride, the version where Kevin flies off ahead of me on Old LaHonda and I finish the climb several minutes later. Nope. This was the version where Kevin was having breathing issues for a while, an almost-bronchitis sort of thing but short-term, so his usual sub-20 was a far-more-leisurely 25-something. Nor did he ride up Haskins any faster, but there’s something about a coke, half of a chicken club sandwich and an oversize cookie (all from the Pescadero bakery) that makes the world a better place.

It’s not like we flew up the climbs on Stage; Kevin clearly was having issues on the steeper stuff. Y’know, it almost seems like fair play, Kevin experiencing, for a day, what I have to live with. But instead I modified the ride a bit, heading us back home via the much-less-steep Highway 84 instead of Tunitas, and, with a tail wind, what is often a long grind (84) to Skyline was actually fun. Kevin even went to the front for a long & strong pull for the last few miles, even giving a free ride to someone we came across who’d fallen off the pace of the woman he’d been riding with.

Oh, right, we also got to help save a snake! In fact, I’d say that was the turning point of the ride. Descending the final part of Stage Road into San Gregorio, I noticed a car stopped in the other lane, and a quite-large snake (not a rattlesnake) in the roadway. I stopped, got off the bike and “encouraged” the snake to get out of the roadway. To the applause of the people in the car, no less!

61 miles, no Strava accomplishments, low “suffer” score, but a pretty nice ride in the end.

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Yes, we did ride on Tuesday too…

Getting to things a bit late here; it’s been a bit tough to keep up with things, what with the massive disc-brake quick-release recall and needing to find more staff for the busy summer ahead. We did ride though; we always ride! Even when, as was the case Tuesday morning, I’d gotten very little sleep the night before.

It was a shortened ride though, as Kevin developed some flank pain, so after a pretty slow ride up Kings we headed back down 84, dropping the West Old LaHonda section. Fortunately, he was fine later in the day, and subsequent blood tests showed no issues.

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