Saturday, July 25, 2015

Climbing a Few Classics

Today, my budettes and I climbed Old La Honda along with lots of other cyclists. 

Miss P remarked that this marker is similar to what they do in Europe.  Cool.   Don't know how long it's been there since I haven't climbed OLH in quite some time, but thank you! We continued along Skyline to our next climb.  Wait, wait for it, what would a bike outing be without a firetruck passing by.  No doubt they missed my presence in the area .....

What next you ask?  Bear Gulch West of course!  Sigh, a local resident, getting his mail let us know that he'd use his shotgun or buckshot or some such misguided phrasing and shoot us if we trespassed.  I'll take the invasion of the aliens over him any day.  We finished the ride by descending Kings Mountain.  I visited The Boyfriend afterwards; he was unable to join us, unfortunately.  Had he, he would have been like Miss A., dancing circles around us.  Still, we got up the climbs and had a swell time.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Different Ride Leader, Same Bike Buddy

Where to begin?  Miss P and I wanted to do a different club ride today and boy, we sure did.  Our group, 5 men, 2 women, I rather like that ratio, started at Crystal Springs and made our way over to Skyline and onto Sweeney Ridge (a climb we haven't done).  Mr. G. joined us as well!

A section of Sweeney Ridge.  Before we got there we meandered through neighborhoods as well as the San Andreas Trail.  Much of today's ride involved climbing.  And more climbing.

Coming down Sweeney Ridge.  Every view was spectacular.  I shot many photos and couldn't decide which to share.

More of Sweeney Ridge.  In Colma, we encountered cemetery row -- pet cemetary, Chinese cemetery, Serbian cemetery, and on and on. We continued on to the next climb -- San Bruno.  

Eventually we made it to San Bruno and we rewarded with exquisite views.  Next, we shot off through more neighborhoods to return to Skyline.  Did I mention climbing?  Our legs were certainly getting a work out today.  A lot of the ride also included strong headwinds.  We eventually made it to Sawyer Camp Trail and returned to Crystal Springs.  We saw a family of deer (well, I don't know that they were a family) taking a nap.  I would have liked to have joined them....

We asked for something different, and we were not disappointed.  48 miles and 4200 feet of climbing.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Happy Feet

Boy have I changed.  Ha ha.  Happy goat.  Missed the perfect shot of it stretching on its hind legs to reach something in the trees.  Oh well.  Club ride today, doing something different, exploring Evergreen area, mostly rollers and climbs (San Felipe, Mt. Pleasant).  Nice to change things up and bike in unfamiliar San Jose neighborhoods.

Ah, yes, that's more what I look like.  I bought my Sidi biking shoes back in 2006.  Never thought to replace the insoles.  Let's talk about an A-Ha moment.  Hello.  Ding ding ding.  Light bulb flashing in the thing upstairs sometimes referred to as my brain.  Illuminate.  Thanks to Miss P's suggestion, I went to Sports Basement (excellent customer service; really helpful) and picked up pair of Superfeet.  Otherwise known as Happy Feet!

We had a really nice bunch today for Diane's club ride.  A perfect fit.   Here we are on San Felipe, I think.  I appreciated the conversations, discovering how much we had in common despite being strangers.  The weather was delightful and the ride stress free.  We saw goats, wild turkeys, and a baby deer in someone's yard, trying to meet up with its mama on the other side of a fence.

A happy woman on a Sunday bike ride enjoying her Superfeet.