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Ron's East Bay Near Century Ride - 10 June 2017 - 72 versus 91 miles - 2,100 versus 4,900 feet

  • 11 Jun 2017 10:55 AM
    Message # 4891815
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As usual, I latched on to Ron's ride like a leech, just to see how far I could go.  I had a feeling it would not be much further than Sunol, and I was quite correct in that assessment.  It was a gorgeous day, but I felt I was being pushed along generously by a brisk tailwind.  After the Dublin Grade, there were rumors of our group of about seven splitting up. In Sunol, I decided to return home via Niles Canyon and the flattest course I could find.  Isaballa deMatos and Luis Solorzano decided to join me and since this had been my idea, I was elected ride leader for the return trip.

    Niles Canyon was mostly sheltered, but once we reached the open at the Alameda Creek Trail, the head wind became more boisterous and kept increasing in strength the closer we ventured to the shore.  I stayed in front of our little group, in order to navigate with my cell phone on Google Maps.  Initially, I could not hear anything but mumbling in my jersey pocket, so I transferred the phone to my underslung top-tube bag, with the zipper partially open. Even so I had to crouch down to hear the voice prompts at all, but managed to navigate us through Hayward.

    Finding the proper trailhead for the East Bay Trail proved a little perplexing, with Luis deciding to do some exploring on his own, but eventually all of us re-gathered at the only landmark in the area, a trail bridge on a gravel path.  This section of gravel path extended further than believed, so we lost a bit of time proceeding at 10-12 mph with a strong cross wind and many whitecaps on the Bay.  Aside from lots of fresh wind and air, it was still worth this deviation, as we arrived home right around 1400 hours and 72 miles, without any further climbing.  I already had one relapse from a lung infection and did not want to risk another.  That is my excuse and I will stand by it!

    As usual, I latched on to Ron's ride like a leech, juts to see how far I could go.  I had a feeling it would not be much further than Sunol, and I was quite correct in that assessment.  It was a gorgeous day, but I felt I was being pushed along generously by a brisk tailwind.  After the Dublin Grade, there were rumors of our group of about seven splitting up. In Sunol, I decided to return home via Niles Canyon and the flattest course I could find.  Isaballa deMatos and Luis Solorzano decided to join me and since this had been my idea, I was elected ride leader for the return trip.

    Niles Canyon was mostly sheltered, but once we reached the open at the Alameda Creek Trail, the head wind became more boisterous and kept increasing in strength the closer we ventured to the shore.  I stayed in front of our little group, in order to navigate with my cell phone on Google Maps.  Initially, I could not hear anything but mumbling in my jersey pocket, so I transferred the phone to my underslung top-tube bag, with the zipper partially open. Even so I had to crouch down to hear the voice prompts at all, but managed to navigate us through Hayward.

    Finding the proper trailhead for the East Bay Trail proved a little perplexing, with Luis deciding to do some exploring on his own, but eventually all of us re-gathered at the only landmark in the area, a trail bridge on a gravel path.  This section of gravel path extended further than believed, so we lost a bit of time proceeding at 10-12 mph with a strong cross wind and many whitecaps on the Bay.  Aside from lots of fresh wind and air, it was still worth this deviation, as we arrived home right around 1400 hours and 72 miles, without any further climbing.  I already had one relapse from a lung infection and did not want to risk another.  That is my excuse and I will stand by it!

    Last modified: 11 Jun 2017 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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