Saturday, August 27, 2016

2016 SMR 29

Roadkill Report:  a rat.

Rats    ~shudder~

Wildlife Encounter:  a single deer before the Gate.

The outer part of my rear brake cable is flaking off...
hope this isn't dangerous.

This guy was a good rider but this was not safe descending,

We expressed our disapproval by shouting obscenities as he passed.

Don't get passed by cars going downhill very often -
 this driver must've been in a hurry.

You know what you call somebody who rides
all the way to The Summit but has to walk up The Wall?
You call him Diablo Rider.  Welcome.

This guy had an interesting retro bike that looked like an
Eddy Merckx Molteni model, but it said "Black Mountain".
Black Mountain Cycles in Point Reyes

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016 WNR 24

In 2015 there were 23 Wednesday Night Rides... the last one was September 30.  I told Robert that sometimes we can get one in the first week of October though.

Huge group from work tonight - Hari is transferring to our San Diego office so it was our official good-bye ride.

Tarantula Tally:  one on the way down.

Hey, what is the CHP doing on Mount Diablo,
and when did they get electric motorcycles?

Corvette club is actually good drivers... nevermind the porcupine joke.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

2016 SMR 28

Pre-ride tire pressure check and noticed this:

Yeah, that looks terminal.  Better take the back-up bike today.

Why do these cuts always happen to the expensive tires?  
Oh yeah, because I DON'T RIDE CHEAP TIRES!
That one was still pretty new though.  I think I remember running over some hunk of metal on Wednesday night... that's probably what did it.

The Back-Up Bike
Still dirty from the Dumbarton ride.

While we were at Junction some guys were coming down, lead by a kid on a MTB and the kid went down NGR and then the guys behind him screamed that he missed the turn and they had to chase him down and come back up... we all got a chuckle out of that.

These guys passed us near The Pines... but then couldn't stay ahead.
 Diablo Disgrace badges for each of them.

Air quality and visibility is pretty bad because of the fires to the east and south.

I can confirm that the water fountain
is working in the Lower Lot.

 Hey, that's a US Pro Champion jersey...
 is this guy famous?

Cal Jersey automatic blog photo.

There are lots of new safety signs up now.

Roadkill Report:  an possum at North Gate outside The Park

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2016 WNR 23

Good night to go easy.  Very warm, and very dry - you could almost feel the moisture getting sucked out of your body... like in the desert.

Wildlife Encounter:  four deer at Coyote Flats

Saturday, August 13, 2016

2016 SMR 27

Saw a couple of Perseid meteors last night.... that means today is a bike ride.

At Junction we got all spontaneous and decided to do South Gate and come back up instead of doing The Summit.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 WNR 22

Lots of smack talk among the more competitive riders in the office today.  Looked to be a fast one for several guys.

They're doing some road work on North Gate Road residential area before the Gate - there was a lot of loose gravel and it was hard to ride on and really hard to ride fast on.  Hopefully they get that finished soon.  Inside the Park, the same old pavement as always.

Yup - everyone was putting in a strong effort.  There was no socializing.

On the way down - first tarantula of the season sighted!

Tarantula Tally:  ONE

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Dumbarton Endurathon

This morning I dropped off Diablo Daughter and her boyfriend at the Yoobi-Con in Newark.  They had a big day planned so I figured I'd bring my bike and do some riding while I was there.  Looking at Google Maps for some good routes I realized I've never ridden across the Dumbarton Bridge before so that'd be my plan.

The access roads didn't look to be in the best shape and there were lots of ride reports on-line describing debris and potholes... so I took the sew-ups off of the Merckx and put on my more robust tires... turned out to be an excellent choice.

I parked at the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge and there I met another bike rider who offered to come along.  He had a steel Rivendell bike and an Italian jersey and he appreciated my bike and my Flemish socks.  Amado was on an epic ride from San Jose and had a long trip back home so after the first bridge crossing we parted ways.

Then I rode across the bridge 5 more times, and also along the pier and then I discovered the Shoreline Trail - wow that was some fun riding on top of a 10-foot wide levy with waves crashing on the side.  It was hard-packed dirt so not too dusty but still needed some technical riding skills.

Then Diablo Daughter called to say she was ready to be picked up, and the ride ended with 50 miles in the books.

Dumbarton Endurathon from Diablo Scott on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

2016 SMR 26

Dang cold this morning - a jacket in August?  BUH!

Saw this guy a couple more times today -
he got another flat later on and had to abandon. 
Congratulations to Jill and Bob.

These posts for the new signage are really tall.
Colonel Al said he hopes they don't put giant signs on them. 

Warmed up nicely above Junction, but the jacket still felt nice.

There's construction going on at the Upper Summit Lot - no bike parking and no water and no bathrooms, but you can still go there and walk into the visitor center.