Saturday, May 14, 2022

2022 Diablo Day 30 - Saturday Junction

JB showed up way over-dressed for a warm day.

My neighbor Mark paused for a selfie in passing.

There was an AIDS lifecycle training ride going on - them're some dedicated people to take on such a huge event and a lot of them don't have much cycling experience. Looked like a Diablo Junction was about as challenging as some of them have ever attempted.  I talked to one woman who was riding with her brake QR open - explained the mechanism to her and told her to have it fixed next time she brings the bike in for a tuning.

Wildlife Encounter:  two deer on The Approach, a lizard near The Ranches.

Observant regular readers will recognize that my photos look a little different today - that's because I forgot to turn the bezel on my camera back to sideways after my last ride where I had it pointed to the rear. Worked fine but the video was sideways and I had to do a little more pre-blog processing, and the perspective is a little funky.

Last:  The Ride of Silence is Wednesday night starting in Lafayette. I volunteered to help out but didn't hear back, so maybe I'll just ride quietly like everyone else.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

2022 Diablo Day 29 - Wednesday Junction

Charlie and me today. We talked about allergies and chain lube.

Wildlife Encounter: turkeys on The Approach

I got to The Gate a little early and did some stretching. We started at 1PM so it was a little warmer and a lot less crowded. I can't wait for the day when it's so hot that I wish it were this cool again.

Roadkill Report: squirrel - belly up. Surprised the vultures hadn't found him yet.

I put my camera on rear view mode hoping to get some good photos of people passing me - but nobody DID.

I gave my knee a little extra prep before starting today - Voltaren, Icy Hot, and ibuprofen - the trifecta of broken knee treatments... plus my tight sleeve to keep things in proper alignment. It didn't hurt too much but the instability thing begins to show itself when I'm doing those out of saddle hill honks.

I did one of those honking sessions up The Bump and put some good distance between me and Charlie - he knows I can't sustain those efforts though so he didn't change his pace and caught up to me shortly anyway.

Coming up to Junction I saw that I could do a post-knee PB so I gave it my all. Then BlogReader Punkin Jay rolled up hoping to see me hurl - but I resisted, and just posed for his camera.

Photo Credit Punkin Jay

Saturday, May 07, 2022

2022 Diablo Day 28 - Saturday Junction

Me and JB as uzhe. We talked about SCOTUS leaks and old friends and surveillance.

A big group of high school aged kids passed us on what looked to be a team training ride; some of them had cyclocross or gravel bikes, they were all fast.

There was another big group of riders at Junction who had come up SGR - a lot of them had route sheets taped to their handlebars and one told me they were going to do Morgan Territory.

Big kerfuffle on the bike turnouts project - the rumor is that the State Parks folks skimmed off a bunch of the funding for "administrative costs" and now there's not enough left to do all 77 of the planned turnouts.

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

2022 Diablo Day 27 - Wednesday Junction

 Charlie and I enjoyed a good pace. We talked about The Grand Canyon, The Milky Way, and The Sports Basement.

He just had some doctor stuff on his leg so he was a LITTLE easier to keep up with.

My knee pain limited my effort for the first 3 miles, and then my lack of fitness took over and limited me for the rest of the ride.

This guy had enough Kinesiology tape for two people.