Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017 SMR 04

First sunny weekend in a long time... but it was real windy.  JB went down SGR and I went down with him to the Kiosk and came back up.

Some kind of trail volunteer work this morning.



No wildlife, but there's a lot of running water up there.
















Everything is this bright shade of green, too.


Saturday, February 04, 2017

2017 SMR 03

Borderline, but I rode... because that's what I do.









Wildlife Encounter:  Two deer near the Lower Ranch




Wildlife Encounter:  Red-Tailed Hawk at The Bump.  Usually I don't note birds, but this guy was parked on the side of the road with his red tail facing me... like he wanted me to mention him... and his red tail.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

2017 SMR 02

Sunrise over Diablo - more dramatic in real life.



Got to The Gate and JB was right behind me.



Skipped breakfast this morning... big mistake



Hardly any riders today - weird.



Didn't have a ClifBar at Junction either... need to go shopping.



Sure wasn't the weather keeping everybody away..



Right about here, I sensed impending Bonk.



Snow!  Cool!



I'm out of snow captions.



This photo needs no caption.



This is the down side of The Wall



Hey - Colonel Al grew a beard.



I took a photo just like this last year - so I faced my bike the other way...
for variety.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 SMR 01

Wow, the 14th and this is my first Saturday Morning Ride?  Well, NYD was a Sunday, and then the next Saturday was the 7th, but I DNS for rain. So yeah.

Except today I was not feeling well.  Still getting over a rotten cold but not bad enough to stay home so I rode.
Hey - JB finally got a new water bottle!
Felt rotten but figured I could keep going... until I couldn't.  Started to feel shaky and hot and then I told JB to go on without me.

Right here is where I decided to turn around.




Home to warm up and the sickness passed... not the flu, I'll be fine.



Did you know the BAAQMD has a Spare the Air bike jersey?

I don't know if they get any profits from the sale, or if they have a club of employees that wear these or what, but they sell them on Amazon for $58.

Amazon.com


Sunday, January 01, 2017

New Year's Summit 2017

I checked.  The last time I didn't do a Summit ride on New Year's Day was 2011.  So that's six years without missing one.

Glued a new tire on the rear last night, so I was ready.

Weather was a little bit better than yesterday, and I brought some shoe covers.  Also applied some Beljum Budder to reduce chafing... should've used a little more.

And I wore my light weight gloves because my hands got too hot yesterday... another mistake... fingers were frozen on the descent.

Didn't see a single soul on a bike until Junction when this guy came down from Summit.  He said he was the first one there and he was rightfully proud of that trophy.




Also at Junction, this Moots guy came up from NGR and we chatted for a while about weather and bikes.



 Hey, looks like some blue sky up there... I think... maybe.


Yeah, no... not where I'm going.



My legs were screaming going up the wall... and I had an SUV behind me.


I was the 13th rider to Summit in 2017.  I counted people coming down and assumed they all made the Upper Lot.










Update:  At the end of the day, the public Strava count for 1/1/2017 is:
Д Mt. Diablo NGR: North Gate to Junction:  88
Д Mt. Diablo SGR: Tire Poppers to Junction:  130
Д Mt. Diablo Summit Road: Junction to Summit:  157






Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 SMR 43

#Should'veWornBooties

Missed THREE Saturdays in a row.  One for being out of town and two for weather.  Barely made today because of a bad chest cold that's been keeping me from doing lots of stuff.  Not sure where JB is today, so I rocked the post and rode.

Rear tire started to go soft after The Gate.  I pretended it would be OK until I got to Dumpster Gate and then topped it off with my frame pump.  I was prepared with a spare sew-up, but I glue my tires on REALLY well so I didn't want to change it on the road if I could make it work.  Lasted about 20 minutes and I had to top off again on The Bump.  Then again at The Upper Ranch, and while I was there, JB caught up to me.  We rode to Junction together but I told him I was going to turn around and he didn't want to stop and get cold.

Didn't see my first other rider until The Retaining Wall...  he was too cold to wave.

I'm happy to report that they replaced the floor pump at the eagle scout box with one that really works - I pumped my rear up to 130 psig hoping to make it all the way home without another stop.  Didn't work but I made it all the way off The Mountain at least.

2016 Diablo Data:

NGR:  72 times
SGR:   01 time
Summit Road:  31 times


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