Free at last to go on a bike ride. Off to Fremont Peak in San Juan Bautista. We had 20+ riders on the club ride, including Tom and Carole! Good weather, too.
What's not to like about this ride! Oh, I know, it's a 10 mile climb. How fun! Said no out of shape cyclist ever.
I rode and chatted with Tom and Carole for awhile. They turned around at mile 5 leaving me to climb alone. I was smack in the middle of the riding posse. I surprised myself by getting to the top with little whine. My back ached a bit but I kept pedaling away. A steady 5 mph for most of the climb, dipping down to 3.5 mph in the steepest bits. Not going to win any medals but who cares.
At the top, I met, wait wait for it, a woman. She was amazed that we rode up. She asked my age. I said 12. Then I told her I was one of the younger ones and that just blew her away. I flew down the mountain to warm up and a good chunk required no pedaling. That was fun.
We went through town to go to Aromas but I lost interest. The wind kicked up and I found myself more interested in visiting San Juan Bautista Mission (and location for Hitchcock's Vertigo).
I said farewell to Donny and Joan as they continued on the ride. I slept poorly the night before and found myself struggling to stay awake driving home. 22 miles and 3822 feet of climbing. Happy.
Rolled out of bed at some ridiculous morning hour, and drove to Gilroy for the Tierra Bella workers ride. Upon arrival, the sky was overcast and chilly but later a blue sky with fluffy white clouds brought joy. The wind was with us for a lot of the ride but it wasn't too bad.
Oh lookey, a stud.
Another beautiful road that Miss P. and I traveled. We were last in the bunch but we enjoyed ourselves.
Just the Stats:
11.3 avg mph
30 mph fastest on descent
4 hr 43 min.