Saturday, November 10, 2018

2018 SMR 43

Yes, there is a huge fire in Paradise and all of NorCal is choking with smoke.  But it's Saturday morning and there's bike riding to do.

Also... it's cold.

Sunrise through smoke

It looks like we're riding straight UP INTO HELL!  (actually not that bad)

It got a tiny bit better at altitude.

North Peak from the observation deck.  

My favorite perspective... 
No rain in the forecast... but I'd give up a SMR for some fire relief.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

2018 SMR 42

High wind.  Fire danger.  Bike danger.

Tall fast guy passes us fastly.

Dark today, light tomorrow.

Talk at Junction was about how windy it was.

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Yeah... I'm going home.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

2018 SMR 41

I felt grand.
The weather was grand.
Chatted with some nice people enjoying The Mountain.
It was quiet today - few cars, no wind.
No fires around, no smog, no work to do when I got home.
JB set a slow pace and everything was grand.
Still would've been nice to win the PowerBall Lottery but today's ride was a close second.

Tarantella Tally:  One guy near The Bump, late to the party.

This guy was fast and smooth.  Talked to him a little at the Junction.  Rob recently got out of the USMC and moved to the Bay Area and landed a good job and today was his virgin trip up The Mountain.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2018 WNR 15

Felt great.  Went early, went hard.  Had my best ever Strava time to Junction.  Made it home before dark.

Wildlife Encounter:  turkeys on The Approach

This chart shows that I was spanking the monkey for 2 minutes and could've had a faster time.

Hey, it's Mike and his NEW BIKE!

Chainbuster sometimes looks steeper than real, in photographs.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

2018 SMR 40

Cold this morning - first day of the season in tights and I was glad I had them on.

Wildlife Encounter - a solo deer past The Bump.

I probably write this every year about this time, but there are some places on the way up where the sun is right in your eyes and it's really hard to see the road or any oncoming traffic; Thank you, axial tilt.

I noticed this thing at Junction that looked like a bamboo wind chime or something.  JB said it was a moisture detector and he's seen the rangers take it in the shack and weigh it.  He said it was made of a special wood that absorbs moisture and indicates how much the trees are at risk for catching on fire.  Interesting, and I was surprised I'd never noticed it before.

Jackets came off at The Junction though.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

2018 WNR 14

Making hay while the sun shines... left early for a 4pm start.  

Passed'em-Passed'me ratio:  4:2.  One guy made me chase for the last 3 miles and I never caught him.

No wildlife, no roadkill.  Perfect conditions though - warm and not windy.

Picked out some bibshorts that are pretty old, thin, and stretched out.  I decided to wear some trunk underwear with them... worked OK.

OK Scott, that's enough selfies.