A long long time ago I was terrorized of the Mines Road ride. Before Gamin's I bought a book East Bay Bike Trails that had a profile of every ride. I looked for short flat rides on bike trails. No way I was ever going to do Mines Road that went straight up for 20 miles--and that was only to the County Line.
|From EAST BAY BIKE TRAILS, Conrad Boisvert , Pengrove Publications, 1992|
|Dr. Dave's Garmin|
|On the flat run in to Mines Road Mike flags Jack with a yellow card for leaving the group and getting a head start up Mines Road (PC)|
|Christine fixes her hair behind Brians' 'bent decked out with dual vanity mirrors (PC)|
|Dr. Dave leading the paceline up Mines Road (PC)|
|Sandy did Mines Road solo last week for the first time, she liked the trip so much she was out here again (PC)|
|We all wanted to slow down Cisco Dave so we were gonna buy him a few daily specials with onion rings (PC)|
|I'm riding with Rusty through the San Antonio Valley (Cisco D)|
At the bridge before the Mt. Hamilton climb we regroup and I Iooked for a lounge chair as I'm ready to take a nap. Jack indicates he's going up Mt. Hammy, Cisco is on the fence but decides ride back with our group. For me its long-long trudge back the Junction though I get energy as we approach.
|San Antonio Valley before the drop down to the bridge, if we continued on we'd climb over the ridge in the background up Mt. Hamilton (PC)|
Junction still quiet thought we could feel a potential headwind building. Rusty has turned around a little short of the bridge but he was waiting here to ride back with us. Mike tried getting a head start up the climb but I'm in on his tricks and rode with him at his pace when we were caught and passed by the gruppo.
|Dr. Dave and Rusty at Junction when we return (PC)|
After the climb we regrouped and had a great paceline for probably 15 miles. I got my second wind so could take some nice pulls, and then when near the back I made sure no one fell off the paceline. In fact everyone was working hard to keep the group together--which only ended because of me. I yelled "Photo Stop" when we passed a shed with a Raiders symbol painted on--a perfect time to get a photo of Mike.
|CA Mike and the Raiders--you gotta stop the paceline for this (PC)|