In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.- Theodore Roosevelt -
|I have to order six more Alta Alpina 8 jersey's as I now wear it to work Monday-Friday. Then there are the two club rides on the weekend. What--I can't wear a collar shirt and tie on club rides.|
|Miles and elevation courtesy of Ward Industries (WI)|
|The Teddy Roosevelt Double Metric Century Adventure Course was well marked|
But I wanted to do something special. My thigh from Mt Tam race crash is almost fully healed--but I haven't lost the 6-7 gained pounds from my resulting funk (great result in Mt Tam Double tempered by painful swollen thigh on top of my f'd calf veins.) The plump pumpkin wanted to suffer on a little climbing--with little meaning NO Sierra Road which would mean suffer alot. Well, we could do something new--go out to Patterson Pass. The run in to Altamont-Patterson Pass, 15 mile gentle uphill and downhill with tailwind with nary a soul in sight--just turning windmills on well paved roads, is one of the GREAT ride sections in the Bay Area. The Patterson Pass climb is surreal, a deserted road (OK the occasional car/ motorcycle thinking its a race course) through windfarms stacked with humming windmills. Mostly gentle with a few short kicks until the last 1/2 mile where the road kicks up twice and the headwind builds. A 35 minute climb if the wind is neutral or gentle becomes a 45 minute struggle if the wind is pouring in.
So mid week I proposed Patterson Pass. The response was underwhelming though Dr. Dave texted back "Now you're talking!!!-What a fantastic idea!!" Unfortunately I know Dr. Dave hates Patterson Pass as much as Sierra Road so I think he was being ironic.
I actually was going to call it a day within 5 miles. After a 90 degree Wednesday evening climbing Mt Diablo (check out our group on a video Diablo Scott shot when we started up Mt. Diablo--though Christine and Don contend the video is 30 seconds too short--it stops right before they fly by Diablo Scott) the Bay Area became unseasonably cold. On Friday per National Weather Service
AT LIVERMORE...TODAY`S HIGH OF 67...WAS NEARLY 20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND 30 DEGREES COOLER THAN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDED THERE JUST TWO DAYS AGO.
Saturday promised a bounce back but the morning started out fn cold--overcast with a damp chill in the air was straight out of a November day. I used to have to get loose for the for the first 10 miles of a ride but my calf now hurts for about the first 20. So between the cold, weight gain, and feeling like crap I was not a happy camper. I was in the minority wearing knee warmers but was glad I had them. Luckily we had a big group today and lots of good folks to ride with.
|Don and his fixie in Sunol. Most of the flags ain't moving--Patterson Pass will be fine. (PC)|
|(top) Toby on THE WALL, (middle) Ward on the WALL while Dr. Dave in the background thinks he has spotted Lance in the truck. (bottom) CA Mike and Christine super excited about adding bonus miles (PC)|
|I'm climbing THE WALL (WI)|
|This is why Toby always wears a white kit (and a gold chain?) (WI)|
Back to Sunol for more refreshment where we lose 1/3rd of the group--they'll do @80 miles. Another 1/3rd would do the Happy Valley loop with us before heading back--they'll do @100 miles. Toby early on said he'd do Patterson Pass; when we hit the fork in the road where it was time to commit Ward and Jack joined in the adventure. Soon we could see the windmills--OH SHIT they were turning, but only about 1/2 were turning and they weren't turning THAT fast. At a stoplight a crow on the light standard continues to laugh at us for doing thsi ride, F the crow.
|Outskirts of Livermore scene (PC)|
|Our ride is also on some strange DMD course--never heard of it. (PC)|
|Toby and I go by the Summit Garage on the way to Altamont (WI)|
|The Ward Collection. (top) Toby (middle and bottom) I'm on Patterson Pass climb. (WI)|
|The end of the Patterson Pass climb (WI)|
|Toby at the top of Patterson Pass (PC)|
Paul Sherwin and Bob Roll commentate on this exciting sprint finish between Ward and Jack to the top of Patterson Pass, which finishes on the steepest part of the climb. A surprise interloper from another team surprises everyone. (PC)
|Clint wants to know if we have to put up with 4 more years of no Dr. Dave on Patterson Pass (WI)|
|Jack before he splits when we are about to party at the top of Patterson Pass (WI)|
|Ward getting lots of flat changing practice on top of Patterson pass (PC)|
|Following Toby getting back to civilization (WI)|
Three day weekends are great--didn't want to look at a bike the next day. Especially after having to sleep with the compression socks on. F.