|Strava and Garmin elevation of the ride--Strava people trying to set a record on the pancake flat bike trail--get you ass onto the hills (WI)|
As readers know from previous posts I love Patterson Pass as it is so different. You leave crowded suburbia and for a dozen or so miles you're on good roads seemingly void of human life. Whirling windmills dot the landscape, some strange man made structures, but no people--OK maybe a car coming by every 10 minutes or so. Then past the deserted Altamont Speedway where the ghosts are playing Rollings Stones music from their infamous concert. Then the Patterson Pass climb, 30-45 minutes of fun on a narrow unstriped but well paved road among the windmills--and the faster the windmills are turning the more screwed you are cause its ALWAYS a headwind if they are turning. The last 1/4 mile or so spikes up to a double digit grade--which is 'just perfect' as any headwind is blowing the fiercest up top.
I figured instead of coming down off Patterson Pass--which is a nice desolate road to the left into Livermore-- I could come off and take the right fork, which would loop me back to the Altamont climb. Before the second climb I would go @2 miles past where the Patterson Pass climb starts--and hit a gas station at the major freeway suddenly nearby. Oh yeah--I'd go out to Patterson Pass via the Morgan Territory climb--another rustic road that leaves suburbia in the middle of nowhere.
I just emailed that I wouldn't be doing the club ride. Ward dubbed my ride "totally crazy" but joined in--Toby has done much crazier things (8 1/2 climbs on Alta Alpina, 5 full triathlons in 5 days ) so he thinks stuff like this is normal. More sane people decided on the club ride (though Dr. Dave misread the schedule and took his recumbent out for a 'flat' Club ride, so he also wound up creating another option.)
It is not a good idea to try new things during a century ride. I went to town with new things today and they all worked out like crap.
-First time in years I did a century ride over 150lbs (well over 150lbs)
-First time in years I did any ride as a 56 year old.
-First time I wore compression socks on a ride.
-After an eating free for all after Mt. Tam Double I started my winter diet on November 1st--two days ago. Not a good idea going into a Century ride on 1900 and 2100 calories the two days before a long ride.
I don't scientifically plan these ride but figured we'd need as much daylight as possible so planned to leave at 8am instead of our usual 9am. I pushed off at 8:05--no Toby? and met up with Ward a mile into the bike trail--prearranged spot so he wouldn't miss any of the climbing. A few short hills getting out of Walnut Creek into Clayton--where Toby caught up to us. Fall coolness in the morning, Ward wearing a yamaka under his headband and I was wearing compression socks overlayed with regular cycling socks and kneewarmers. No Christine parked on the side of the road--like she was on Devil Mountain Double--to toss off excess clothes (she would be on Dr. Dave's ride). This was needed as after Clayton we were hit with full sun, some more short hills and improved warmth.
|Mt Diablo from Morgan Territory (WI)|
|Toby and Ward leaving Morgan Territory rest stop (PC)|
Long break at the top of Morgan Territory with little wind--which will be great on Patterson Pass. Then the plunge down South where I turn on the blinking headlight as at least ONE car going uphill will suddenly appear on the narrow road--and sure enough that quota was filled half way down the course. When we start to set out one guy flies by us--but we are having such a good time bs'ing--and nut'tin to train for, so for once we don't chase. Some big big groups come by in the opposite direction. Spot some of the windmills on the hills of Patterson Pass and they ain't turning. Very good.
We skip by the last convenience store in Livermore, get yelled at by an ass in a pickup truck that felt that our being 2' in from the edge of the road was 2' too much, and then past the BMX Park where we wouldn't have to worry about asses in pickup trucks any more--as we were entering the land of the desolate. The 12 miles--at first a gentle uphill and then usually downhill after the Summit Garage (have we ever seen any people there?) went by fast. It was now really warming up and I thought about stopping at the Altamont Speedway entrance just like last time I did this ride to pull of knee warmers and compression socks--but didn't. I did stop to rededicate the same place I stopped and whizzed on DMD--Toby also doing a Sierra Club dedication while Ward started up the climb.
|Toby and Ward going past the Summit Garage (PC)|
|Toby hiding behind Ward after the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont (PC)|
|Toby starting up Patterson Pass (PC)|
|Toby on Patterson Pass climb the first time (WI)|
|Yeah baby--We did Patterson Pass the first time. Toby is checking to see if he's first on the Strava KOM list(WI)|
|Ward and Toby by railroad trestle on Altamont Pass (PC)|
|I'm following Toby on Altamont Pass speedway which leads onto Patterson Pass climb (WI)|
|Lady who is going to drive 200 miles in the wrong direction to get to Patterson needs to down a few cans of these. As it turns out so do I (WI)|
Chubby lady in big car pulls into gas station and asks us for directions to Patterson. Very easy, if you go onto the Super Highway about 100' up the road it is a straight shot a few exits away. Ward tells her this and she starts to argue--shouldn't she go in the opposite direction where she'd wind up on a rustic road that goes into Patterson. Yeah, she could do that--especially now that gas is under $4 a gallon and she'd be killing a tank of gas going that way. Ward tries to explain this to her, she keeps arguing, Toby is dismissive ("yeah, just go the way you want") and I'm laughing quietly like hell. (Ironically, as soon as she leaves another person pulls up within 5 minutes, asking for directions. The 2nd person actually listens.)
|Ward and Toby start up Patterson Pass..da SECOND time (PC)|
|Toby crests Patterson Pass the second time (WI)|
|TWO TIMES!!!! Is that two times cresting Patterson Pass or two Giants' championships in three years? (WI)|
Ward opines that I should have left my knee warmers on to provide warmth to my upper leg--I'd do that at the Livermore Library. Toby gives me a salt tablet. This is the first time I ever felt like this on a ride and I think its due to starting the ride with compression socks. Who the f knows.
|Toby and I try to locate our legs at the Livermore Library (WI)|
|Why the hell are we eating bananas?? I have a sudden craving for donuts and I don't know why. (WI)|
|Toby learned his County Line celebration from Christine PC/WI)|
|Toby pullin me along down Collier Canyon Road (WI)|