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.