Let's take advantage of the quiet trail on Christmas Day!
Details: 65 miles, 16-18 MPH on the flats, 2000 feet of climb. All hills at the beginning.
Meet: 9:15 AM, Depart sharply at 9:30 AM (Closest BART station is Oakland 12th St., about 3 miles away)
Alternate start to avoid hills: West Dublin/Pleasanton BART @ 11:15 AM (VERY approximate)
Ascend the classic Butters Drive and dip down into Redwood Rd., through Castro Valley, up and down the gradual Dublin Canyon Rd. to where we'll meet any Dublin riders. Then we head north all the way along the Iron Horse Regional Trail until the end and take a loop around Martinez Waterfront Park for well-deserved refreshing breezes at the end of the ride.
(Can't promise breezes, but it sounds good.)
Map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/337065951/ (rough sketch, not accurate mileage)
Departure: North Concord/Martinez BART (Bailouts are Walnut Creek or Pleasant Hill BART)
Activity Fee: 2.00 (to cover organizer event planning.)
Bring: The usual, and be self-sufficient with drink and food, although we will take rest stops and a lunch stop at Starbucks and gas stations as needed (both open x-mas day.)
Various portions of the trail and the waterfront park: