Today's ride was a relatively easy one, the short and sweet Old Milk Run. Okay, there were a few hills to spice it up, but not enough to rank high in the suffer zone. No epic efforts today, we just enjoyed the pleasant temps and rural scenery before heading into Escondido for our Peterson's Donut fix!
Next week, it's time for Group Choice... ACHD Ride Date: Tuesday October 2, 2012 Time: 8:00am Anything Can Happen Day. Group choice for route... Usually easy??
A few pictures from the Palomar Mountain 200 Brevet. It was a lot of Extra Credit for Les and me as we dealt with what Les called the Triple H Threat: Hills, Heat, and Headwind. Les also had to overcome a balky derailleur (no big ring for half the course) and the loss of his main headlight, which decided to rattle to pieces and fly away down East Grade Road, while descending Mount Palomar.
We slugged away at from dawn to dusk along with a small contingent of San Diego Randonneurs and happily got to notch our belt with another 200km ride. Have to give a shout out to John M., the course owner, who also rode the brevet, and kept us honest by dogged pursuit and showing up when least expected!
A compact group, Mary Ann, Les, and me, got to start into the fog for an expanded version of the Lilac-n-Back ride today. Lots of grey mist early on, but it didn't last that long. At least, not long enough to provide any cooling effect when we made the climb up to Valley Center. Hmmm... maybe if I hadn't added on that exploratory side-trip down Reed Road trying to ferret out the back-way to Hidden Trails?
After passing through Valley Center, it was clear skies all the way, and soon enough we were zipping along Lilac and West Lilac. New strip mall construction on Lilac Road might mean better choices for refueling in the future. We decided on the Circle R option to get down to Old 395, but had to moderate our descent for a bit of road work. Down at the All Seasons campground store it was getting warm, and icy fruit pops and cold drinks were perfect for cooling off. I guess we could have waited a bit to grab beverages from the huge Fat Tire Ale truck that pulled in as we were leaving, but we had to "Follow Our Folly: Riding Bikes."
Finished up with a peppy climb up Champagne Blvd and a quick descent through Jesmond Dene before transiting Escondido and Lake Hodges.
Next week we'll be riding on... The Old Milk Run Date: Tuesday September 25, 2012 Time: 8:00am Foray into the San Pasqual Valley and the eastern Escondido hills.
Kudos to the six cyclists who took a chance on riding through today's odd weather on the Highland Valley Loop. That roster included: Liz, Mary Ann, Jerry, Matt, David, and me. It actually was kind of nice to have the cloud cover, but we probably could have done without the mist. It was impossible to see the tops of the hills, and even on the bike you could lose your sense of where the climbs ended.
Fortunately, the fog didn't affect our enjoyment of the downhills too much. It sure seemed like we got down from Mount Woodson fast enough - although there was much wiping of lenses and slippery brake levers at the bottom. The heaviest stuff was behind us after cresting Woodson, but enough of the wet air lingered on Highland Valley Road to make it prudent to save those PR descent attempts for another day... that, and the fact that about six rescue vehicles flew past us on the way to what turned out to be a truck roll-over accident. What can you say about that? Cyclists and drivers alike need to be aware of their limits on HVR.
The descent down from Bandy Canyon Road was nice and dry - so no worries about slipping there. Down at the bottom, Matt flatted and broke a spoke, which seems like bad luck, but it was probably a lot better than having it occur while coming down the hill!
The post-ride Starbuck's stop featured a ginger ale six-pack, supplied by Jerry for our re-hydration. And I will recommend their Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffin.
Next week's most excellent route: Lilac-n-Back Date: Tuesday September 18, 2012 Time: 8:00am Out to Valley Center and Lilac, Old Castle to Old 395, returning through Jesmond Dene and Escondido.
Fun riding today with Jerry and Rick on an ad-hoc Extra Credit Ride today. We got out early enough to miss most of the heat and spent a lot of time on the cool coast.
In the You Never Know category: we encountered a lady driving a Mustang on the 56 Bike Path and could only wonder what the heck she was doing there. The car drivers who had to avoid her jumping back into traffic were probably equally flummoxed. Sure wish I had the presence of mind to get a picture of that!
A flat tire in Solana Beach led to the discovery of an ornate bronze water fountain that is set up for three levels of thirst. We can always use another watering option. Look for it going north on 101 at the foot of the pedestrian bridge at Dahlia Drive.
Kudos to Rick on knocking off new Strava PRs and thanks to Jerry for the lead-outs to snag a few for myself.