Monday, August 13, 2007

Mon, Aug 13

Time to clean the dust and the spider webs on this blog ...

Another great ride yesterday: from the Presidio to Point Reyes Station and back, ~5000 ft of climbing over a ~76 mile distance. While the day started out chilly and grey, with the usual fog across the span of the Golden Gate Bridge, and everyone wondering who's idea it was to ride in THAT weather, the sun came through quickly once we reached Sausalito, just north of the bridge. The arm warmers and vests came off another couple of miles later, before the first climb of the day. The route continued through the neighborhoods and downtowns of Larkspur, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo and Fairfax, with lots of ignored stop signs and a couple of cops watching closely over the compliance of a few. Two more climbs before Nicasio; from there another 10 miles to Point Reyes Station, a favorite destination of not only bikers with big calves and quiet 18-pound vehicles, but also bikers with big bellies and loud 600-pound vehicles. After a 20-minute break, we headed back the same way we came. Unexpectedly, Rich took a stop sign seriously, and TBV a little tumble. Two final climbs, facing some congestion due to "rental" cyclists on the bridge, we finished with about 4:45 total riding time, and about 16 mph average speed.

2007 riding stats: #of rides: 55, annual mileage: 2084, pace: 3381.

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