*Christine and I didn't do extra bonus miles called "looking for Jack." **Jack took a shortcut thru Tracy ***Mike thought he was going to a dinner party so he went straight up Patterson Pass
|Elevation collaboration-(WI, CD, PC)|
Going into last weekend it was more rain overnight. Usually Saturday is our big ride day--but rain looked like it might stop right before our start time. Sunday though promised to be sunny. Nice--how about Patterson Pass for the 11th time this year. So midweek I started sending out emails that we should do something special--and bring lights, its Kwanzaa. Christine pointed out that the Club ride would get us about 30 miles towards Patterson Pass. Going this flat way would only get us 88 miles, so I looked to add some miles in the Tracy area before we hit the slopes of Patterson Pass.
On Saturday Ward, Jack and I rode over to Peets Coffee--Berkeley for some coffee--a metric century ride over a bunch of hills. This used to be a well attended club ride, now almost no one shows up. Our club is getting old--we joked that this ride should change to the Peets Coffee--Danville ride, 10 flat miles away, and stop for lunch half way to Danville.
In the spirit of the 'First to Spot Rusty' game (double bonus if you are the paceline leader), I proposed the "Ward Bingo" game. When a card shaves us you'd mark your card with whatever epithet Ward yells out. Meanwhile, my stupid move of the day was having a 3/4 frozen Perpetuem Bottle. Perpetuem tastes like crap when warm so this this mix is great in the summer-2 hours after the ride starts. Trouble is that it ain't summer and 5/8 of the bottle was still frozen when we finished the ride.
Road was wet and air damp, but no rain and good to be out. I was on my regular sized bike (as opposed to compact frame) and by mid ride my back tightened up so while riding wasn't much of a problem, swinging my leg over bar to get off bike was a bitch. I'm just continuing to fall apart since the Mt Tam Double--cruel irony is I now have a case of tennis elbow (from being on the Nordictrac to much) which hurts the most when putting on compression socks for my calf problem. Fuck.
|Carl Hubbell could go against the Patterson 9 but Dr. Dave can't go over Patterson Pass (PC)|
Morning started out cold. My new philosophy now is that as I ain't training for nothing, so I don't have to take long pulls when we have the whole group. Christine, Mike, Ward, and the two Daves, our bonus mile contingent, would bs'd about politics and movies--one would leave to take a pull and then soon come back. It was getting warm enough so looking forward to pulling off rain jacket and glove liners at the first rest stop.
|Santa Brian still sticking around even if after Xmas as the peloton leaves civilization (PC)|
|At The Trees turnaround group--as we wait for the rest of the Club before taking off on bonus miles (WI)|
|Christine and Mike in 'no mans land' on the way to Livermore (PC)|
|Ward, Mike, Christine and Cisco Dave on the fun Altamont run in towards Patterson Pass (PC)|
In Tracy the good news was that much of the road that was chewed up in the summer was now repaved. The bad news was that a farm truck shaved us--if we were playing 'Ward Bingo' we could have filled up the card.
|Ramble Around Tracy -that guy in the white shirt knows the answer to the quiz question (PC)|
|Do we have to keep riding, can't I stay here?? How do I get to Patterson?? (WI)|
Was a great ride--usually on great ride a song gets into and loops in my head. This time a modern song called Iodine did the trick. When the same word is used over and over and you just have to remember the beat--learning a new song is easy.
|Going up Patterson Pass (1,2,4 CD) (3 PC)|
|To da top of Patterson Pass (WI)|
We regroup at the top and someone who drove up to take in the magnificent view of the valley full of windmills took out group photo.
|I reach the top with Cisco Dave (truth in advertising--Dave had already been at the top and went back down for me.) Christine says "its about time, we need our group photo, who has the banner?" (WI)|
|Ward and Dave riding so well they can make the banner levitate (WI/ PC)|
|Jack opined that this reminded him of a now departed club member who used to stretch--in the middle of the street?? (CD)|
|Something at the library told us we were soon to be f'd (PC)|
When I dropped off I stopped to take a photo--no Jack in sight. I was so tired I just waddled ahead--and thought Jack would zoom by soon. He didn't I passed a possible detour which we only take 10-20% of the time, and if there was a tailwind I would have taken it. But a nearby flag showed I'd be riding in a gale force wind if I turned so I continued on. Ward, Dave and Christine waiting at the highest point on the road (before a drop down where the detours merge.) Wait a few minutes--no Jack. Dave and Ward go back to see where he is, Christine rides downhill at to the next merge, and I wait at the high point. Ward comes back, reports no sighting and he goes out again. I put on jacket and gloves--its getting cold as nearby windmill keeps creaking round and round. It was like the Star Trek where everyone beams down and starts to disappear.
|Santa on a tractor is frightening me--on Collier (PC)|
|Ward and Christine get by the demonic windmill that is actually screeching and turning (CD)|
The bad thing is that Cisco Dave and Ward's good deed came in 2012 so there is no carry over to 2013. (Ward claims he's paid up until 2013)
|Warming up in the sunshine at the store in the morning and then later when the sun is going down so Ward can admire the xmas lights (PC)|
Great ride--but lots of group problems. Our Double Bonus miles shouldn't blow up like it did. Of course Mrs. Pumpkin we should communicate better but that sounds like something you'd see on Oprah. Who the hell knows. Just shows after 36 of these nutty rides our group needs more practice.