Saturday, June 11, 2011

Club Sport Ride: Bears, Pig, Carq, Pig Again

Ride left from Orinda and it took me almost an hour to get there.

Roadkill Report:  An opossum just down the street from my house.

Eight of us including Coach Janet; owner of a Triple Crown jersey.  She explained the route and distance and then asked if anybody was worried about the ride... everyone knew what to expect, so we rolled.

Did The Bears first with that long grind up Pumphouse Hill - that was enough to size everybody up... no goats, no slugs, good distribution of weekend warriors.

Roadkill Report:  SKUNK!

Long, screaming downhill and then the right turn on to Alhambra.  A few people voiced some fear as The Pig grew nigh. Just before the climb stars is a farm with emus and vineyards - this is where the big fire was a few yeas ago... always nice to see how well it's recovered.  I was the second one to the top so I made the first guy go back a ways and repeat for the video.

Same old pig farm that's not a pig farm... a little more crusty perhaps.

Somehow we got from the top of The Pig to Carquinez Scenic Straight and that's always fun.  Then a short stop at the Bear Claw bakery where bananas cost $1 but the toilet is clean and they like bike riders.

Some more rolling stuff around some boring industrial parts of Rodeo, Crockett, and Pinole on the way back to Orinda and then I excused myself from the group to take the short cut back home via Alhambra... the only time I've ever done The Pig twice in one day.

Not sure why my video quality sucks but I made the movie so I'm putting it out there:


Club Sport from  Diablo Scott on Vimeo.

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