Is the Long Winter finally over?

IMG_7431long_winter_overA near-perfect morning to ride, starting out from home at 62 degrees, large group, pretty easy pace (George is in a “recovery block” at the moment, whatever that means). A small bit of challenge added by quite a bit of debris on the road; apparently yesterday’s high temps dried out a lot of vegetation, and last-nights wind brought it all down on the road. In fact, Kings had a pretty big tree down across the road, maybe half a mile up from the bottom. No problem getting bikes past though.

Kevin had the good sense to have a seizure very early in the ride, right on Olive Hill in fact, so not much drama there. But on West Old LaHonda older Kevin and George started talking about their college days & girls, at which point younger Kevin decided he really didn’t want to hang out with a bunch of obvious has-beens and took off… getting his 2nd-best time for the upper West Old LaHonda section. Me? I didn’t have the legs, so I stuck with the old guys.

Hard to believe this was the first no-leg-warmers morning ride in… months? Many months? Kind of rude though, going right from winter to summer, bypassing spring entirely. Well, it’s likely not going to be cold in France, 5 weeks down the road, so good thing the warmer weather finally did happen.

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A bit of a different Sunday ride

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What do you supposed the view is worth from the house in the picture? “Million dollar view” doesn’t work anymore; I’m thinking maybe 6 million? I would waste so much time watching planes land and take off if I lived there…

First really nice & warm Sunday since… well, a very long time ago! Nice to not have to think about leg warmers, base layers & long-fingered gloves. I figured this would be a good day to hit up Pescadero & West Alpine, but Kevin was getting some kidney pain again (probably a micro-stone) so just getting him off the couch was going to be tough. I did come up with a decent Plan-B though. Ride to the humane society and find a kitty. There was historical precedence for this, as 8 year ago we rode to Modesto to look at and bring home our current psycho Corgi (meeting up with Becky there, to give both Kevin and I, and Jack, the new dog, a ride home).

Not so far today though, just Redwood City to Burlingame. As before we met up with Becky, and it was Kevin & Becky’s job to find a kitty (preferable a really scary one with huge fangs to torture and scare away the rat that’s invaded our kitchen) while I watched the bikes. And watched. And watched. I really didn’t expect it to take almost two hours!

Of course Kevin claimed he had to ride back in the car with Becky to keep an eye on the cat, so I took off into the hills above Burlingame, doing a few odd loops and having some fun on a few short steep hills before heading back. If you look at the Strava map, you’ll see an extra little spur in Woodside, needed so I could make sure to have at least 50 miles on the road.

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