Last weekend the Mountain was closed because the bad weather had caused some mud slides and rock slides. Today was sort of foggy but calm and not too cold. Rick's doing the early season road race next weekend. He's also practicing his Italian in prep of a spring vacation to Toscana.
As we rode up NGR we went in and out of layers of fog, interesting but not too good for photos.
Wildlife Encounter: two coyotes. They're much cuter now in the winter with their thick fluffy coats. Actually I think I separated the pair because one ran across the road in front of me and the other was on the opposite side of the road. I stopped for photos but they were too camera shy. Also saw a big hawk in a tall tree down by Little Pine Creek.
At the Bump I fell back a little and then
Powerbar Performance Pitstop at the Junction. Grant P came up in the captain's seat of a Mercian tandem with Brooks saddles and everything - I didn't recognize his stoker but he was a classic Riv kind of guy. Then we went down SGR. It was way wetter and foggier and colder on this side. We had some fun challenging each other in the Blackhawk Road rollers. Rick and I waited for JB to catch up on Camino Tassajara and then he blew right by us - just after that a guy in a Capo jersey came by so Rick and I latched on to him and then we blew right past JB again. Capo guy worked with us for a while and we weren't going super fast, but faster than we would have if it were just us.
Heading north on Danville Blvd.
Back in Walnut Creek we rode up the South Broadway Extension instead of the trail - a lot faster but those drainage grates scare me a little. Then on the trail next to the flood control channel there was a lot of glass and Rick got a flat.
Gave me an excuse to take some photos.
We finished up with a cuppa Peet's and then Rick and I went to the Sports Basement where Alberson's used to be. Their food section is open now and they had great deals on gel and stuff; $16 for on of those big HammerGel bottles, or $11 for a box of 12 HammerGel squirt packs. It's a neat place and the bike section is bigger than a lot of conventional bike stores.
Dank u wel voor het lezen.