Only 30 degrees separated today from Summer!

skyline_lightrays_01_27_16I don’t know if a picture’s worth a thousand words, but it is hard to top them when they’re taken on our Tuesday & Thursday-morning rides.

Kevin (pilot), Eric, Karl, Karen & MarkP rode with me today, on a cool but not really cold morning. Hmm… we did spend a bit of time in the upper 30s, so guess I’ve recalibrated what I think of as cold! On Kings the group quickly scattered (sounds better than shattered), a few riding hard up ahead, a couple taking it easy behind, me in the middle pretending that’s where I wanted to be.

As you can see in the photo, it was another beautiful morning. Clear everywhere except for just a hint of fog on Skyline. Great views (again) of the coast from West Old LaHonda. The only thing to complain about was having to take it a bit easy descending 84, due to random wet patches of pavement.

What’s sad is that the other Kevin, my son, will have been off the bike for a week when he’s on Thursday’s ride, and he’ll still smoke me. Hate that!

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Worst El Nino winter still has a lot of great riding days!

IMG_9343skyline_wolh_wideYou tell me. Look at that picture and tell me winter isn’t a great time for cycling in Northern California?

A bit different ride today; Kevin (my son) was heading to Disneyland with his sister (here’s the link to their Disneyland Strava), so I’d previously checked with the other Kevin (pilot) to see if he knew of any rides Sunday, and eventually emails exchanged and we ended up with 4 of us meeting at Old LaHonda at 9am. Myself, Dan S, Kevin (pilot) and another Kevin (another super-strong nearing-or-just-over 60 rider). Thankfully the pace was pretty easy, just what I needed. We rode the reverse Pescadero loop (San Gregorio first, then south on Stage), stopping for food & drink at the Pescadero Store.

It was outside the Pescadero Store that we came across former Pro cycling Ben King, who’s moved from Vermont to Mill Valley. Add to that the fact that Laurens Ten Dam is apparently moving to Santa Cruz, and we can expect to see a lot of Strava records come tumbling down!

It was on Haskins that I finally felt “in difficulty” as the pace stepped up a bit, but I still had enough left in the tank to head up West Alpine afterward, along with the “other” Kevin and Dan. Pilot Kevin headed back up 84; he missed a great day on West Alpine and Skyline.

It is so hard to believe that many cyclists go into hibernation mode once the first rains hit. It’s beautiful out there. This is not time to hang up your bike. If it’s raining, wait a day or two and it won’t be. That’s just the way it is here. –Mike–

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