Out on one of my favorite routes in the Bay Area, I was surprised to see that the Golden Gate Bridge is no longer there! Here’s a comparison of a view with the bridge that I’ve shown before and what it looked like today.
This notice explained the stunning change in the landscape:
We Apologize for the Inconvenience
Due to a recent event in the U.S., we have decided to disassemble the Golden Gate Bridge and place it in storage until such time the climate is appropriate. Please check back on November 3, 2020.
Ferry service will be available in the interim (Golden Gate Transit Authority).
I hope today’s MDRCC ride was enjoyable. Well, today’s ride up in the Bay Area was under a chamber-of-commerce cloudless sky!On weekends, cyclists take over the Pacific side of the bridge.
This is good and bad; today there was a yahoo – undoubtedly a tourist – using a selfie stick while riding. There oughta be a law! Continue reading
Sorry I missed the ride today. I’m in San Francisco developing new routes. I don’t do selfies, so you won’t see the unique shot of an MDRCC kit in NorCal, but here was today’s ride, a nice hilly one with a reward at the top – would have been stunning on a sunny day.Stay tuned for a schedule that will rival Krazy Karl’s Klimbfests.
The diversity of MDRiders meets federal guidelines for receiving aid. Send four of our riders out on the same course, the 110-mile Hilly Century, and how many will return having followed the route? A lowly 25%. Only one of our Garmins recorded 110 miles at the finish. A second rider went 5 miles more, having done a climb twice because of an errant left. A third rode 106 miles, choosing to forego the Mile 25 first rest stop. And our fourth had an even shorter day, not only because he’s fast, but also due to a wrong turn. Continue reading
With limitless fun on tap, the inaugural MDRCC Santa Ynez Valley four-day roadtrip began with a warmup ride Friday afternoon from base camp at the Pea Soup Andersens Inn in Buellton to Solvang with a stop at Alisal Ranch, where our arrival coincided with a rare release of their thundering herd of horses into the front paddock. Speaking of fun on tap, we returned to Buellton for the first of many rounds of 805, the official recovery beverage of the MDRCCSYVSMDW.
For some cross-training, we walked the 0.8 mile to dinner at the Firestone Tap Room, where 805s are born. The weekend was off to a good start on a daily prescription to ride, drink, eat, and repeat as often as needed.
On Saturday, Keith, Scott, Daniel, Mike, Cathy, Tony, and Henry rolled out on the 2016 MDRCC Santa Ynez Super Metric to enjoy the second of four sunny, mild, blue-sky days.The 73 miles of rollers and hills, some climbed in both directions, covered some of the best remote roads and scenery in the region, including parts of past Tours of California and the Solvang Century (2016 MDRCC Santa Ynez Metric Map). The two-winged route started east on a first-half loop to Solvang and Los Olivos, up Foxen Canyon, and back through Los Olivos to Ballard Canyon for midway lunch in Solvang.
Some people like to keep the roads for themselves.
Keith hauls on a 9% section of Foxen Canyon.
Cathy and Tony
Some in another group didn’t make it up the hill.
A return to Buellton started the western loop out Santa Rosa Road to Lompoc and back on Highway 246.
The recovery options included jacuzzi, nap, or lounging at the hotel, or a slice and another 805 at Gino’s across the street.
Daniel and Keith sampled the pea soup of Pea Soup Andersens notoriety.
A serious discussion over appetizers and 805s before dinner.
Ambitious plans for a poolside barbecue resolved readily for lasagna dinners delivered to our patio. Mike, our insistent grillmeister, provided tableside entertainment by firing up beef fajitas that caused a flare-up with an impressive column of smoke that could have brought out the local volunteer fire department.
Sunday’s 36-mile Wine Tour went by Solvang to Santa Ynez and the scenic rollers of Happy Valley.
A multidirectional group.
Cold-weather gear should be donned only in cold weather. At least that’s what Rule 21 of the Velominati prescribes. Although the last of the rain had stopped by dinner Friday, a 40°F (4°C, if we are to speak metric per Rule 24) start and 20-mph (32-kph) gusts predicted for the afternoon saw the seven MDRiders accessorize for the day. True to form on MDRides, Glitter was there, but Scott had to bail last-minute due to work. Continue reading
NiteRider’s warranty replacement for the wayward Solas 2W comes as the updated Solas 30 also with an output of 30 lumens. It shines well in a direct comparison with the Knog Blinder Road R70. Continue reading
We now have a definitive answer to this age-old question that’s been the focus of economists, Nobel laureate and home budget maker alike. Continue reading
This is a mini-review of taillights limited to a comparison of the two I’ve used plus a new addition. Of paramount importance is the brightness to alert distant drivers. Continue reading
Is it real maple syrup? Well, it was a real excellent adventure!
The relaxed gathering of MDRCC in the parking lot of the Amtrak station in Irvine started a beautifully clear weekend to ride and have fun. It was a large group of 17 riders and four drivers (Jean, Judy, Cathy, and Alicia) kind enough to haul our overnight bags and even look after us on the course.