Splendid weather for the Del Dios Loop today and a good crew to go along with it: ten riders leaving from VV Park this morning. Welcome to Joe, who made his initial VVV ride today!
There air was a bit crisp at the start but the first big hill out of Rancho Bernardo was enough for me to start shedding layers. That exercise continued for one or another of us all the way to the top of Del Dios.
I have to say that the new pavement on Via De La Valle, just after turning off Apajo, is a great improvement over the rutted, broken surface that used to add to the climbing difficulty.
We had good luck getting through road work areas today, both early on, at Camino Del Norte, and later, at Del Dios - each location had someone wave us through. So Nice to pass by a long line of cars.
Our coffee stop was at Belen Bakery, it was late in the ride but it's worth pedaling a little longer for their freshly baked goods. I just wish I had extra carrying capacity today - their ciabatta loaves are really good.
Next week's ride will be VVV's last for 2012, not because the world is supposed end on 12/21/12 (as confirmed by Aussie PM Julia Gillard), but because December's last Tuesday is also Christmas Day!
Closing out 2012... Lake Wohlford & Woods Valley Date: Tuesday December 18, 2012 Time: 8:30am We'll do the Valley Center loop in reverse of the direction indicated on the map, so that means we'll ride Woods Valley first, and then make a stop at the Lake Wohlford Cafe before descending Lake Wohlford Road.