Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bike rides

As you can see above, yesterday was just lovely -- sunny and almost 80 degrees.  I took advantage of the good weather to ride north up the Peninsula and up San Bruno Mountain.  Nice views, and then I zoomed down the hill to explore the bike paths around the edge of the Bay at Oyster Point before taking the train home.  60 miles, and it was so nice to be out in shorts and short sleeves :)

Other rides lately have provided other interesting views:

A new statue of Lupe the Mammoth, next to the Guadalupe River Trail, observed during a ride to explore how flooded the creek trails still are.

Way too many road closed signs.  Despite the fact that I've been checking the county road closure websites before heading out, I've had to do a lot of rerouting on the fly.  Sometimes I'll ride past the sign to see if the storm-related road issue is really bad enough to be impassible to bikes, but this one was at the top of a really steep hill (Hicks Road) that I didn't want to have to climb back up if I couldn't get through.  I've not ever seen so many storm related washouts and slides around here.

Needless to say, there are closures on the trails as well. This one was not actually impassable, given the rogue detour trail to the left of the main trail, which disappeared down the hillside to the right.

Anywhere there is a creek, the trails want to be part of it.  It's easy to go around to the right of this one, but that innocuous-looking brush contains poison oak sticks.  Thank goodness for Technu!

The next few are of a trail that was not actually closed -- I've had to thread by bike through several tree-and-brush mazes,

which is sometimes harder than it looks,

and hoof it over some very sloppy, gloppy mud.  Incidentally, mud in these slides can sometimes be impregnated with poison oak oil, so once again, thank goodness for Technu.

Also observed on a recent bike ride:  the most excellent kiddo rode up King's Mountain Road, a 5-mile climb at about 7%.  She's getting strong; it only took her about 8 minutes longer than it did me the previous week!

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