A morning a bit out of kilter

An interesting morning! I woke up not just in a fog, but… well yes, I was pretty much in a fog! Not really a fog but it was dark & gray out there, with some moisture on the pavement. Surely next week’s rain hadn’t come early? Funny thing though; getting on the bike, I didn’t feel like I had to worry about keeping up with Kevin. For the first time in ages, I felt stronger than I expected to be.

Just one other person with us today, the other Kevin (Pilot). He’d had a really tough ride yesterday and was showing it today. As much as my legs felt like they wanted to go, I held back and stayed with the pilot. Since it was Thursday, we rode up through the park… and that nasty initial steep part, the one where I die? I didn’t die. I felt good. But for the nearly 40 years I’ve been doing this ride, I’ve always made sure nobody was left alone at the back, and that wasn’t going to change today, just because I felt good.

About 2/3rds of the way up the hill we were passed by a young lady; Strava’s “flyby” feature identified her as someone who, according to her ride notes, crashed later in the day while descending Old LaHonda. You can see her ride (and the photo showing her torn up kit) here. here

West Old LaHonda is still there, no obvious change in condition. The only thing particularly unusual this morning was a really long wait at the one-lane section of 84. About 15 minutes of waiting. We’re likely going to take the detour using Skywood to get around the first (and longer) of the two work zones, hopefully saving some time.

Well, as much as I felt pretty darned good this morning, it wasn’t good enough keeping up with younger Kevin heading home over Jefferson. We were doing a pretty good clip, with me very close to the limit, when all of a sudden Kevin just takes off. I mean voom, twists the accelerator and leaves me in the dust! If I’d had any warning, I might have done a bit better trying to keep him in sight. Maybe next time.

Been busy past few days- time to catch up!

Yesterday was busier than most; the morning ride, on an absolutely stunningly fantastic morning at that, followed by trying to get an email out to our shop’s mailing list detailing the latest info on our local roads, and following that, taking part in Redwood City’s Complete Streets committee, originally a two-year gig that the city council has extended to four. Interspersed with all that there were bike sales to take care of, bikes to repair so they could get back on the road, and dealing with bike industry issues in my role on the NBDA’s Board of Directors. So when it seems like I didn’t get anything done yesterday, I guess I actually did!

Just Kevin (the kid) & Marcus joined me yesterday for the ride up the hill; a bit surprising given how nice it was. Of course, this was our first Daylight Saving Time, so maybe the usual suspects wanted to sleep in? I’ll admit I wasn’t looking forward to getting up at the equivalent of 5:55am, but it really wasn’t all that bad. The motions you go through… after so many years, you’re so used to them you could almost do it in your sleep.

The warmer weather probably helped my lungs a bit; I was able to do better up Kings than I have in quite a while. Still pretty pathetic compared to the old days (which were just two years ago???), but fastest time for me since October.

And yes, this was another outlaw ride, as we continue to monitor conditions on West Old LaHonda. Thankfully I’ve now got some assistance from BPAC (San Mateo County’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee) which has placed the issue of cycling access to West Old LaHonda on the agenda for its next meeting on April 20th. Thanks go to Gwen Buckley for taking action on this; of course, I would hope the road will have been repaired long before then!