Mom lives in one of the massive retiree condo complexes (think Del Boca Vista.) Lowlight of the trip was when I was bs'ing with my sister in a common area patio and a resident came over and asked me
|Scenes from East County (above) last two have Mt Diablo far in the background|
If Central County where Mt Diablo, Palomares, Morgan and Calavares climbs are is the Tour De France area of the County--the windswept flat farmland and secondary roads of East County is Paris Roubaix. The only climb of any note in the area--the dam in the watershed--is under expansion and will be closed for a few more months. Even when it opens it pales in comparison to the choices in Central County. Additionally, with plenty of disposable income, you can't go a mile in Central County without seeing a group of cyclists--but in foreclosure city-farmland-holyland East County you're shocking when you see one. In the 100 miles I did in two days I saw 3 other cyclists--not counting the kids at the BMX park. (I also saw 3 pit bulls on the loose which got my heart rate up) But today windy flat barren East County was convenient and proved a good workout.
Postscript-3/25--a weekend later, more rain in forecast cancelling club ride up Mines Road. Did the 50 miles Delta Pedaler loop again--adding a tour around Discovery Bay--a boating community that used to be pimped as only an hour away from San Francisco (by Fighter Jet.) Came back 15 minutes before serious rain began. Did see 6! cyclists today--but 4 were dressed in cheep (sic) suits and ties hawking god door to door. So that's 5 cyclist in East Contra Costa County in 150 miles. Cycling mecca it ain't.