Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017 WNR 02

Only four of us tonight.  Good weather with just enough threat of rain to make things interesting.

Wildlife Encounter:  Turkeys at Little Pine Creek




I decided to go faster than last week, but slower than next week... to give the impression of consistent improvement.











Ranger Carl sighting at Junction - not many other riders for some reason.







Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 WNR 01

Well, weather and workload have conspired to keep this first Wednesday Night Ride of the year until the middle of April!

Big crowd though, 7 of us tonight.  Regular rider Elmar has resigned though so this year will have quite a different flavor.














Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017 SMR 13


Oh yeah, spring weather has returned to The Mountain.



JB yelled at this guy for passing around a blind turn...
clueless guy claimed it wasn't a blind turn.



Colonel Al executes an almost perfect cowboy dismount.
Knee extended but toe not pointed.

 Al showed me a phone app he's developing for Diablo visitors - it has phone numbers, contacts, and information, plus a way to report hazards and such.  Looked useful, and almost ready for release.

This washout is at Juniper.
Odd because it's not a place where water runs off.





 JB had baseball tickets and I was knackered by Juniper so that's where we turned around.

This guy wins the prize for Most Magnificent Beard.



Saturday, April 08, 2017

2017 SMR 12

Oh boy!  Forecast was for early rain followed by sun.  I prepared last night with rain jacket, booties, and other stuff.  Paris-Roubaix is tomorrow and I'm feeling Flemish.


Rained hard all night, but then it appeared to be over by 7am.  I left the booties and rain cape at home.




Lots of clear blue sky!  


Then I saw it.  The dark cloud over The Summit.




Me and JB figured the strong sun would burn off the rain cloud.



But the cloud got bigger and the rain started to come about Chainbuster.




While we were taking our Junction break, the rain got heavier and we knew the ride was over.


On the way down, we got HAILED ON.  Hail stones were the size of rock salt...  I got a little hungry.






All the way home, I kept convincing myself that I like riding in crappy weather.  I'm not sure if I fooled anybody.


Saturday, April 01, 2017

2017 SMR 11

JB's out wine tasting today, so it was a solo ride.    Sometimes these solo rides are an excuse to do less than a full Summit; I was not in excuse-making mode.

Passed-em:Passed-me ratio was 0:1.  More riders coming down than going up.

New prescription sun glasses... yeah, nice to see good again.  Also new cleats I got with my REI dividend.

Wildlife Encounter:  flock of turkeys at the Dumpster Gate.

Bug flew into my throat near Penny Lane.  Fortunately he went down without a fight.

Roadkill Report:  snake... looks like he really suffered.

Wildlife Encounter:  fuzzy brown caterpillar.

Roadkill Report:  fuzzy brown caterpillar... I may have had something to do with that one.

I realized about the Ranger House that my knee hadn't been hurting - thought maybe I went to shorts too soon and today since I had tights on that made the difference.  Then I got a couple twinges, so... nope.

Started getting windy about The Bump.  Got pretty bad about Chainbuster.  SGR guys said it was only bad past the Helicopter Pad, but I decided to go up instead.

Got worse and worse though, and by Lookout Point I threw in the towel.  Found out when I got home that they issued a strong wind advisory!  Saw Justin from work getting started as I was finishing, and he messaged me that the wind died down for his ride and he made the Summit OK.







Hey, this looks like the same guy I saw here last week.





















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