Unlike last year's ride, the weather was temperate. Temperatures reached a high of 89 degrees, as measured on the road, and only towards the end. Olek Proskurowski, Alexander to others, was the only person to show up, probably because he had so much fun previously last year in 105 degrees heat.
This time, we were obliged to start at 0845 from the BART station in Orinda, since Canyon Road into Moraga has been closed, ostensibly because the bridge there is considered unstable. That was fine with me, because it cut out a lot of climbing, and I was still recovering from a bout of lung infection.
Aside from the vagaries of motor vehicles and some construction zones, we had no issues, flats or mechanicals. As of Alhambra Road into Martinez, we shared a route with R4R, Ride for a Reason, aside from a few deviations. This is a charity ride for seven public schools in Oakland.
We encountered one participant at the edge of the road, in a sitting position, with his bike in the ditch. At first we thought, he had crashed, but he was only complaining of a cramp in his left leg. He had not ingested enough electrolytes during his first 44 miles and so we asked him to start eating, and we alerted the next R4R rest stop.
The one main factor which slowed us was the incessant Northerly head wind. Up to our lunch stop at Mile 49 at 1205, the Safeway in Fairfield, Olek mostly drafted me. After that, I was groveling on his rear tire, until the head wind changed to cross winds. Then I asked him to be aware I was riding echelon, as the more sparse traffic permitted.
We arrived at the Mexican restaurant in Davis at exactly 1500 (3 P.M.), with plenty of time to spare for the 1610-train. It was there, I noticed some sunburn, but it was not severe. A very relaxed train journey followed and we reached Alameda shortly before 1800, as planned.
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