A bit of a late report this week... Sorry! Had too little time yesterday for reporting, but the important thing is we had a great turnout for the ride. Our field consisted of Liz, Mary Ann, Rick, Maurice, Les, Jerry and me - and I'm pretty sure that ties the VVV rider record.
We all were prepared for some chilly weather but the early part of the ride featured a lot of sunshine. Those welcomed rays, combined with a few climbs on the way out to Fairbanks Ranch, had us stowing jackets and arm warmers. Our route by-passed the 56 bike path, since it still has sections closed for maintenance, and made up some distance later by adding on to the Escondido section.
But before that we had to tackle the Del Dios climb and the entire team managed it quite well. That was actually where Jerry caught up to us, having made a 30 minute late start from Poway. Was it just me, or have you been adding hidden climbing motors to your bike Jerry?
In Escondido we parted company with Liz and Rick who had to head home early. The remaining Coffee Crew went across town to Porter's Cafe on Kalmia Street for our caffeine fix. I think the java jolt had the desired effect and powered the VVV train along Bear Valley Parkway.
We were looking for a reported pair of Bald Eagles at Lake Hodges but had no luck in spotting them. We did see a Coopers Hawk earlier in the ride though, so that was the Birding Consolation Prize I guess.
Next week we ride the thrilling San Pasqual Drop-Off route...
San Pasqual Drop-Off
Date: Tuesday February 15, 2011
Loop out to Ramona from Valle Verde Park in Poway. Climb Scripps Poway Parkway and Mount Woodson to Ramona. Leaving Ramona there is a 1,000' elevation loss on Hwy 78 into San Pasqual Valley followed by the Bandy Canyon Road climb.