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17 February 2019 3/A/60 – BART Walnut Creek and behind Morgan Territory OAB

  • 18 Feb 2019 11:03 AM
    Message # 7171441
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    3/A/60 – BART Walnut Creek and behind Morgan Territory OAB

    Link for route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26621114


    Verdict

    Exactly 60 miles with two climbs.  Reaching Kirker Pass summit can be a bit of a struggle, since it comes late in the ride, but you are rewarded with a rest stop on a bucolic horse farm.  A great ride for the group, especially since I have it nearly memorized.  Only about 3,500 feet of climbing.


    Report

    I almost had a club member join me, but in the end, I was destined to ride solo.  So, I hurried and managed to catch the earlier 0912-train from the Fruitvale station.  This allowed me to start from Walnut Creek at 0955.  Since temperatures ranged only between 48 and 55 degrees, with a 15 mph Westerly wind blowing, stopping meant getting cold.  I did not halt very long at any of my rest stops, only long enough to take care of essentials.

    After the rain storm through our region, there were isolated puddles and quite a bit of debris in the bike lanes and on the shoulders of roads, but skirting the fog line in a predictable fashion, allowed me to avoid potential flats.  Spring has not started yet, so I will need to wait until the end of March to see everything in bloom.  Nevertheless, this is a beautiful ride behind Morgan Territory, with very little traffic.

    The only thing to watch for are the occasional glass shards on the Delta de Anza Regional Trial through Antioch and Pittsburg, as well as crossing the four lanes of traffic at the top of Kirker Pass to enter the side road to the horse farm.  I reached the BART station in Walnut Creek at 1415 and returned home at 1530, having achieved an “A” pace, though I was not really pushing it.  It pays to be attentive, because once I arrived in Walnut Creek, a minivan turned right into a driveway and I had to turn with it to avoid a collision.  The vehicle never bothered to use the directional signal.


    Conclusions

    Maybe springtime will see some takers and a true club ride.  I thought starting at 0900 would entice some members, so perhaps there will be a group ride later in the year, once the weather turns warmer.  In fact, I am looking at creating another, much longer ride through the same region, also starting from Walnut Creek, so keep a lookout for that.

    -- Ralph

    Last modified: 27 Feb 2019 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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