Excellent turnout for today's riding of the Rancho Santa Fe Ramble: Beth & Bob, Mike, Liz, Mary Ann, John, and me. Obviously, the threat of rain wasn't enough to dampen our need for a ride, although most all of us were over-dressed and shedding layers during the early miles. Heck, I removed my arm warmers before taking a single pedal stroke.
On a side note: my ride started badly when I was going out the door only to discover I had a flat! Dang, those slow leaks! The bike sure seemed fine when I put it away yesterday. Many thanks to the group for starting on time and making a slight detour to my house to pick me up.
The route was sufficiently hilly I think, my computer registered about 1,950', which seems decent for a 35 mile-ish ride. The Zumaque Road climb is the tester on this route: a solid 13% hill. The loop around Rancho Santa Fe offered some nice scenery as it took us past Lago Linda, along Fortuna Road, and provided another nice hill on San Elijo Road.
Coffee stop was at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in 4S Ranch, which lacked lemonade but had delicious San Pelligrino Aranciata
to make up for it!
Next week we'll have Group Choice again...
Date: Tuesday November 1, 2011
An extra-short and sweet ride report today...
Good turnout: Liz (Yea, welcome back!), Mary Ann, Jerry, Robert, John, and me... as seems to be the norm these days, we started out in a damp, fog. The thick marine layer really didn't break up until we reached the top of the Scripps Poway Parkway climb. (BTW: I was happy to find my climbing legs today and was able to go wheel-to-wheel on SPP with His Lightness, Jerry.)
The descent from Mount Woodson was a good fun and all the more enjoyable for the full sunshine which had finally taken over. The Highland Valley Road section was, as always, a delight to twist, turn, and drop down through. Jerry and I managed
to find a couple of those roadside pomegranates that we noticed last month. And as promised, we topped off the ride with a stop at Starbucks in RB!
Great riding weather today - what a contrast to last week's rain. Ridership consisted of: Jerry, Mary Ann, Mike, and me. The new Escondido Loop route seemed to be well-received, just enough climbing and speedy descents to keep it interesting. We also enjoyed the oaken canopy on Jesmond Dene, the horse ranches on Ash and Idaho, and the great views on Summit.
Jerry continues to climb like a kite - where did I put that wrench to cinch down his PowerTap? Maybe next week I can try to give you a little competition on the hills, Jerry.
The statistical profile of the ride:
Dist: 36.39mi Time: 2:37:28 Avg:13.90/mph Max: 34.50/mph
Elev gain: 1858' Max elev: 1171' Avg grade: 2% Max grade: 8%
No coffee stop again this week! Oh-oh, have to stop that trend!
Next week we'll stop at Starbucks in RB after we do the...
Highland Valley Loop
Date: Tuesday October 18, 2011
Hills and thrills with a post-ride stop at Starbucks in RB.
Lastly, this why you wear a helmet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=S2oymHHyV1M
Quite a good turnout today: despite the threat of rain we had seven roleurs at VV Park - Les, Mary Ann, Bob, Mike, Robert, John, and me. It was an inaugural Valle Verde ride for Mike, Robert, and John. Welcome aboard guys!
For the second month in a row, the Anything Can Happen Day Ride didn't make it to Juice-A-Rama. I must have jinxed us last week when I wrote: "the Anything part will include a Juice-A-Rama stop (I know I said it last month and it didn't happen, but this time for sure, unless it rains again)...". So instead we got to do a nice 17% grade into Rancho Santa Fe and practiced staying upright on some very wet roads. Sorry that there was no coffee stop today. But I'm sure the post-ride warm shower was a winner.
Next week we get to see some of the Hidden Valley's more rural aspects...
Date: Tuesday October 11, 2011
Explore some of Escondido's less traveled roads: Jesmond Dene, Ash, Idaho, Summit, and Mary Lane.