Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017 SMR 25

Cold and windy to start out this morning - I wore my jacket, which was a little too much.
Wildlife Encounter:  a coyote at Little Pine Creek, and a bunny near The Pines picnic area



These Tieni Duro guys are always descending -
don't think I've ever seen them going up.


This driver ...  argh.








Had to be a little sneaky to get a shot of this guy with his...
HELMET ON BACKWARDS!!!








Wednesday, August 09, 2017

2017 WNR 10

Much cooler than last week.  Almost needed arm warmers or something.
Special guest riders:  Dan and Steve.
Tarantulla Tally: ZERO.  That makes exactly ZERO for the season.




Dan unleashes his furious attack at The Gate.



Justin did a triathlon last weekend.



Charlie did his second best time of the year.






Took a big pot hole hit coming down... no damage.



Saturday, August 05, 2017

2017 SMR 24

Still feeling a little sore from Wednesday night's ride in the HEAT.
Plus my knee was aching a little.
And the air quality was bad thanks to Berkeley Hills fire.
So I quit at Juniper.

JB showed up with a soft tire.  Watch the how-to video.

video
This guy had no business passing us... turned around after about 1 mile.


Dudley.  Passed him.



This female rider had a super low gear - cranks looked like windmills.



Neighbor Mark, ignoring the speed limit.


Vintage guy Ted made some small talk with us.


Yup, that's smoke.


Hey, is that Colin?


Passing at the zig-zag... newb move.


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

2017 WNR 09

Hottest WNR of the year so far.  Only a dozen or so riders on The Mountain.

Tarantula Tally:  zero



Wildlife Encounter:  deer at the Upper Ranch

Colin blew his front tire at Mile 1 and had to go home.



Passed by... Fast guy



My new Camelbak.  It was nice having really cold iced tea,
but it didn't make the ride in the heat any easier.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

2017 SMR 23

Cool to start, then windy, then hot, then pleasantly warm.

This rider assured us she didn't need any help.



This guy admired my Klein.
Older rider with a Mt. Diablo jersey and a Colnago - cool.






Traffic stop for downed tree removal near Livermore Overlook.






Oh look, it's one of THOSE bikes












Skin suit, time trial bike, aero helmet, aero shoe covers...
this guy was serious and fast.






Colonel Al discusses proper methods of counting
park visitors for getting state funds.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017 WNR 08


OK, it's a hot one.  Frozen water bottles were melted before I even got started.

Hey - JB showed up.


Wildlife Encounter:  turkeys and deer

Shawn ignored the "NO PASSING" sign.




Still looking for the first tarantula of the season.







I always bunny hop these dots - executed perfectly tonight.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

2017 SMR 22

Water bottles frozen to absolute perfection, our intrepid hero-blogger embarks on another Saturday Morning Ride.



This new pavement on Walnut Ave is pretty sweet.
Not sure what the striping means - cars can't cross a double white 

but OK to turn across solid-dash?


Faithful sidekick awaits.




This guy was definitely channeling Rigoberto Uran in the Pyrenees...
but he flatted at the Ranger House.


Kind of a shame when you have a bike pullout but no cars wanting to pass.

JB talked about turning around at Livermore Overlook and we went down SGR.
Been a long time since I rode any flat miles, so I reluctantly agreed.



After the Hole in the Wall, it was just a suburban stroll back home.