Great fun until the last few miles of the Diablo climb. Started fading just before the ranger station, had to stop and eat. Resumed climbing, felt like @#$ and got a headache that thankfully disappeared on the Summit Wall climb. Video of the failed smoke-out attempt by the idiot in the Dodge Ram is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=... Video of Morgan Territory climb is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=... Video of me running out of gas and cramping up at the Diablo summit sign is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=... Thank you to all the riders that encouraged me on the last part of the Summit Wall, and thank you to the rider who helped me hold my bike when both my legs cramped up at the summit sign.
1 · March 18
All ..me (and since they're in car with me -- Todd, Joanne & Ben) will be hitting the Mountain Mikes pizza around'ish the block from the ride start after the ride -- what we usually do is figure out who want's in then order a varierty of pizzas (e.g. large combo / large veggie + breadsticks) and split the cost -- everyone orders whatever they want to drink on their own. That being said we'll take a "head count" of who wants in at the ride start to figure out how many pizzas to order. The Mountain Mikes is here in relation to the ride start: http://goo.gl/maps/IhH34 ..I may change the ride start for the 23rd ride to this parking lot after we check it out ...haven't been to this lot yet, the one we are starting at is pretty big and open (as in looks pretty safe to leave cars there while we're riding).
1 · March 14
All, I have updated the route sheet with regroups, we will have a group of riders from WAV joining us as well. Please review the route sheets -- I will bring enough for everyone in a "friendly format" (not the rwgps standard format). We will ride as a group up to mile 12.9 the Morgan Territory turn off, then the asecnding/descending starts at which point everyone needs to ride at their pace, however, we will regroup at all the regroup spots on the route sheet. This is a fairly way out of town ride and I want to make sure we are all good and accounted for. As far as restroom / water stops there is restoom and water at miles 22.4, 48,2, 52.6, 57.1. The visitor center at 48.2 has very limited snacks so plan your hydration and fuel accordingly.
1 · March 13