Another weird ride--luckily no one got hurt this week except a Shimano Chain link.
Touch of warmth at beginning of the Diablo Cyclists ride--yippie. I was feeling the best I had in months which put me in a distinct minority. Dr. Dave and Christine seeing doctors for medical issues, CA Mike who intends to sign up for long distance brevets wasn't sure if he'd even have the energy to do the metric Club ride out to Castro Valley. When Rebecca pulled in Mike yelled out "Rebecca, get some of your friends to join the Club, we have too many old people who have medical issues."
Out of Lafayette we have two choices to get to Moraga--the long but gradually inclined bike path or the super steep road--must be 1/4 mile at @16%. I've been avoiding the climb for months but Todd turned on it so I followed with Ward and Jack. This temporary pain assures we'd be at the first rest stop 5-10 minutes before the rest of the Club, where we bet that Rebecca would be the first to arrive from the bikepath group and she was.
Now down and then up to Redwood Road, which is a rustic road that gets us to Castro Valley. At least that was the plan. Ward got in trouble chasing girls again, on the first roller he went to catch up with Rebecca and next thing he was on the side of the road with a dropped chain.
|We ask Ward for a photo of Mr. T's chain and he sends us this (WI)|
At the top Dr. Dave standing near Ward who was adjusting bike. Chain had fell off--caused by two links deciding they wanted to bend and form an 'L." Dave luckily had a chain tool, Ward took the bad links out and put in a 9 speed Connex link Dave had--trouble is that Ward has a 10 speed bike and his chain was now 1-2 links too short. OK to ride as long as you stayed out of the big-big ring combo--do that and the derailleur blows us.
Knowing that Ward decided to ride home, grab another bike and do ?. We were 12 hilly miles from the start and Ward cycles to the start. I said I'd go back with him, then we could drive to his house, so we could save 30-45 minutes. Even with mechanical hard to be in a really bad mood--was slowly getting to promised high of 70 and the vests soon would not ne needed. Spring was definitely in the air--tons of cyclists were out.
Get back to the start, 24 miles in the bank--load the bike on my roof rack--drive to Ward's house (hell, we could have set a Strava time), grab a banana. Now what to do??? We'll never catch up to the Club and traffic out through Walnut Creek-Lafayette-Moraga would now be heavy.
Well, we could catch the Club on their return route from Castro Valley. SURELY on such a warm, beautiful day--the first springlike day, the first day of a three day weekend, they'd add bonus miles. The bonus miles were self evident--from Castro Valley they'd go over the Palomares Climb, then up to Sunol. No one likes returning on busy, suburban Danville Boulevard in the afternoon so NO DOUBT they'd do what we do almost every Saturday and add miles and loop around Livermore to rustic Collier Canyon. Ward pulled out his heavy steel bike as we weren't going to do hills.
|It's springtime--bikes are blooming from the trees in Danville (PC)|
|Ward rides by the fake Wylands (PC)|
Now just a short loop of Happy Valley Road before we head to Sunol--this is where we;d probably see our group. Now 2:30. So we do Happy Valley Road--see some cyclists approaching---not our group. Head down to Sunol--see some cyclist approaching--not our group. Shit, they are slow today, must be lounging around the general store.
Get to the general store--no one around. So I call Christine "oh, we are back at the start drinking coffee--no one wanted to do bonus miles today." "SLACKERS" Ward and I yelled in unison.
|The text says "We-have-done-our-10-miles-now-time-to drink-a-Cinnamon-Dolce-Frappuccino" (PC)|
|It's nice and hot by the Sunol train depot, I don't want to leave (WI)|
|OK-I guess the bonus mile group isn't on Palomaras either-time to go home (PC)|
|The bleakness of East County (PC)|
|That's not the Mrs. Pumpkin group (PC)|
Things didn't work out as anticipated, when we got to the last rise before dropping down to the Los Vaquaros watershed we went over it and at the same time Donna's club was coming up from the opposite direction. After 10000000x of not changing the route (unless two bike shops were at war so the starting location was changed), they decided to do the route in reverse direction today.
|A Belgium cyclocross racer would slide down the stair rail (PC)|
|Los Vaquaros (PC)|
|The new United States cycling team. Not disgraced US Postal. It's US Army (PC)|
|I missed seeing the secret cycling power food in the Brentwood Bagel shop (WI)|