Cycling - with and without gasoline engines
Monday, February 18, 2013
Today was motorcycle day. Bob rode up yesterday (Dan met him in Oakdale). After they got here, they took off again and had an ‘awesome’ ride. So glad they enjoyed it. From what they said, it was a perfect ride. Today I went with them. We went to Rainbow Pool, then Coulterville, then Mariposa, through Hornitos, stopped at The Lumberyard for a burger and then came back home. Today was another fantastic day in mid-February.
Back up: We stopped for a burger but they were out of beef! Apparently they had a sell out crowd Friday night so only had chicken. We each had a chicken taco – which was good. However, I’ve heard stories about the burgers so one of these days I’ll have to make it back there.
While yesterday was another motorcycle day for the guys, I went off for a bicycle ride. Bill had been threatening this ride for awhile: We met in Jamestown and made our way over to Twist Rd. The bottom of Twist Rd. That was the first challenge of the day. From there we went to Wards Ferry Rd. It was a steep, narrow descent to the bridge over the Tuolumne River. Then it was a steep, narrow CLIMB out of the canyon and eventually to Big Oak Flat. I ran out of water and fuel before we reached the top. So, I walked the last climb. We stopped soon thereafter where I could get more water, drink Gatorade and eat my apple. The work was done at that point. Although we had some elevation to re-gain after zipping down Priest Grade, none of it was steep. Took almost four and a half hours to go 46 miles. My average for the day was just under 10mph. It was nice to ride with Bill, Karen, Gale and Wayne. And what a marvelous day weather wise especially mid-February!
I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s weigh-in. Since I was sick last week, it’ll be interesting to see how I did over the past two weeks. I think I’ll be under 150 this time.
At one of our breaks on today's ride:
A stop along Cathys Valley Rd:
waiting for the chicken tacos: