True Confessions, and a general purpose update…

So, in spite of my attempts to inspire myself I have not started commuting to work by bike,and in fact have been generally slacking off of riding quite a bit. In large part this is tied to a fairly busy spell at work, although also I must admit to a certain lack of motivation on my part.

The Latest Plan

So, the latest plan is to haul my bike into work and try to fit in an 60-80 minutes of riding 3 days a week.

We’ll see how this goes. (predictions of wussing out are NOT appreciated at this time).

Latest Awesome Ride

In spite of my lack of week-day riding, I’ve been getting in some really nice and fun weekend rides.Last weekend was no exception – Rich and I sent out early Saturday, heading down to Stevens Creek reservoir, and then took a daring right turn and headed up Montebello road. For those of you in the know, the top of the hill features a broad ridgeline which is the home of Ridge Vineyards, and their world famous Montebello Cabernet vineyards. If I was on top of my game I’d have some pictures of all of this, but I’m not. Instead, imagine if you can a thick morning fog layer wrapping the hill with chilly tentacles. Below the fog it was cool and pleasant for climbing. As we ascended and entered the fog layer we encountered no zombies, but it was cold enough that I wouldn’t have been surprised. Then as we approach the vineyard buildings, we moved out above the fog and into a beautiful sunny day.

It appears that most cyclists go up the hill to this point, then turn around and head back down. Rich and I however knew that Montebello road connects in via gravel and dirt hiking trails with Page Mill road, and we planned to see how this route worked on our road bikes. Montebello road ends in a little cul-de-sac and a gate – with a narrow hiking path around the end of the gate. We slowed and guided our bikes through and then headed out on the ‘very old beaten up road’ which in a short while became the ‘two rutted gravelly path’, and then the ‘steep and sandy gravelly path’ as it approached Black Mountain. At this point we had to dismount and hike up the steepest part of the hill – we just couldn’t get any traction.

After that it was a bit of a hairy descent on the ‘still steep and sandy gravelly path’ – but at least we were heading downhill. And then, after a while, we hit another gate. On the far side of this gate was some impeccably smooth roadway, and we headed on down this till we hit Page Mill and yet another gate – this appears to be someone’s private driveway! We had to climb the fence to get past this gate, but then it was on down Page Mill and home.

It’s certainly not a route I’ll do every day, and next time I might want to take a mountain bike, but it was really fun and completely different.

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