Monday, May 30

1/15th of a 600K

22.35 miles 1 hr 48 minutes ^200 feet^

Saturday and Sunday we helped out at the Clear Lake Oaks checkpoint for the SRCC 600K Brevet. Saturday from 10:30 to 2:30 PM Riders passed outbound to Davis. Later, much later, They returned from 11:00PM til after we left Sunday morning. High West winds ran until, oh,2 AM Sunday then died off. One man, Denny, had had a slightly detached retina before the ride. It started getting worse near Davis and by the Pope Valley checkpoint He was completely blind in that eye. He got to us just after sunrise. We delayed leaving until he had a long talk with a Dr. John who was running the CP with his lady friend. We took him back to the start in Healdsburg to check out with Donn King, the organizer. We then took Denny to the Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa where he could have the needed surgery. Good Luck. I expect him back next year.

Oh, my ride. After :30 PM Saturday I rode into the wind back down the course looking for stragglers. None. Found two wineries (nothing good) and the road to two hot springs at mile 11.17. Made that the around. Going out could cruise at 16-18 MPH. Going back was more like 18 to 21, peaking at 30.5. Nice wind!

Tuesday, May 24

Spot the baddie Ride

2 miles 20 minutes ^ feet^

I ma long post but lost it when I clicked on a wrong button.

Basically I showed up for a court hearing for a drunk driver who killed a female cyclist. The SCBC asked people to show up for all of his legal hearings to clearly show the judges and defense lawyers that a lot of cyclists are taking the case seriously. That the system can't just make the problem go away quietly. One lady in the audience came in with a civil case lawyer so we cyclists would have an expert watching the action.

Spot the Baddie Ride

2 miles 20 minutes ^200 feet^

Not much of a ride EH? The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition E-mailed that the drunk who killed a woman cyclist with his car would appear in front of a judge today at 2:00 PM and would any cyclists who could please show up. Ok, I got there 1/2 hour early never having visited a US court before. Security couldn't pass my bag of bike tools and kindly told me where the 50cent lockers were. Two bad lockers the third was ok. By the time I got back 100 plus jurors were going through screening. I waited with another cyclist going to the same hearing. When we got to the area of the particular court room (out of 12 or 14) a bailiff who recognized the little bicycle pins we wore smiled and said, "This is your room." Nice.

We took two second row center seats. His seat was broken so he moved over one. Most of that row and the third row filled when we both looked at the bad seat and figured how to fix it. We did. He grinned and said, "we will let the next person test it." SO, the next person appeared to be Christine, head of the SCBC (Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition). Of course it didn't fail (drat). My buddy pointed out the defendant (drunk).

When everyone else was there, the judge came in. A bailiff said the public (us) didn't have to stand. Legal maneuvering. The judge said as the last judge had denied bail after charging the man with 2nd Degree Homicide the accused could have an earlier bail returned. Defense attorney turned it down. He then said he could have the hearing delayed until o/a June 6th. Or so I understood. Hearing wrapped up, we left.

Outside the (to me) youngish prosecutor was explaining what went on to a group of the cyclists. At the June hearing both will say if they are ready to go to trial. If yes the judge can set a date for a jury trial. I reclaimed my gear and headed home.
Low 80s' by that time, much sweat going back up to the house. Next time I can go, if ever, I'll only take a lock, trousers (out of respect for the judge) and a snack in a cloth bag.

Sunday, May 22

Semi Metric Century

55 miles 4.5 hours ^300 feet^ 5/15/05 Sunday

I got the time and/or start of the make-up ride wrong. So just rode up to Lake Sonoma where the lunch break was supposed to be. No-one there. On the way back found Windmill Farms, south of Healdsburg open and offering Fava Beans (without the nice Chianti). I picked up pound which I shelled and the spouse cook later. No gas trouble so the Book of Lists may be in error. Considering the weight of gear I carried, such as a big floor pump, I put out enough effort to equal a Metric Century.

Trash Crew and Others

31.66 4 hrs 24 min ^400 feet^

This was the SRCC Friday ride. I had an 11:30 dental appt. so just planned to ride to the start 13 miles and back 12 miles to have a purpose to the ride. The A ride went part way back towards town and the dentist. Great! I am really getting beyond the A riders. At the top of Vine Hill I said, "Excuse me" to the ride leader and dropped down the hill. I had, by far, the highest sectional density of the group so Sir Isaac took me down the hill far faster than the others. I waited at the Druids Hall til the first one caught me. Then down Trenton to River Road and another wait. The slope isn't steep but the road surface is bad and my Bruce Gordon with 700x32 tires can handle bad roads nicely. When the group joined me at River Road the Leader said we might not see you again. I had told her I would have to split off somewhere. I tool off at 17 to 19 MPH on the smooth flat road. One cyclist was in view behind me as I passed the groups' turn on Slusser. I waved back and went on to the dentist.

It is not so much that my fitness is a lot better, rather having lost over 20 lbs in 4 months the power to weight ratio has improved.


Sunday 5/22/05

The spouse and I joined the group picking up trash along Chalk Hill Road. There was not too much trash on out 1/2 mile segment. Good, because out feet hurt by the time we finished. The club sprang for lunch in Windsor.

Saturday, May 14

Eye for #1

I was expecting a call to help at the start/finish for our local 400K Brevet. I knew fewer people were needed than at the 300K as a 24 hr Safeway was an unmanned check-point near the middle of the out and back. Still it is nice to be involved and with my current limited income a free snack at the s/f CP is worth the 28 mile round trip by bike. All is not lost as I plan to ride the 100K ride for people who helped at the Wine Country Century. I'll just alter the route to go past the Brevet check-point.

The 100K is the farthest i have gone in years but I've worked up to it. See this space tomorrow evening.

Friday, May 13

Catch Up

32 and 39 and 26 miles 3 and 4 a 2.5 hours ^about 2000 feet^


Chalk Hill evening ride

SRCC club ride: I rode 5 mi to San Miguel School, a regular starting place for rides. Found the Staff restroom was open. 15 minute wait. Ride group of 9, two ladies. One was a Kaiser staffer from Oakland teaching computer stuff at the local clinic. Found about our evening ride on the Net. This was a B Class ride and I was dropped as soon as we reached the first climb. I, another man, and the ride leader stayed with the Oakland lady. We took turns chatting with her. I did much better than the last time I did Chalk Hill road, partly due to more fitness, more due to having lost 20 pounds. A truck politely waited for us four to get over the narrow Maacama bridge. Just before the turn-around at Hwy 29 a big pick-up swerved over the double yellow into our lane at sharp bend blaring its horn. When we met the other 5 riders they said he had gone by at 60 in the 35 zone. They heard its horn blow seconds later and figured it was passing us four. I returned a bit faster again getting behind but not truely dropped on a hill.

The Chalk Hill chalk is not true chalk but a light, fine grained volcanic ash.


Thursday: morning SRCC ride

All two of us. I rode 9 miles to the Windsor library (and 9 back) where I met the leader. He felt too many of the short fun ride were in and south of Santa Rosa so he promoted short "sniff the flowers" rides north of town. Bravo; pity I can't ride more of them to boost his morale but a new job starts next week. We went north on Old Red, south on East Side, over Wohler bridge, and west to the hill looking over Hacienda Bridge. He REALLY did not care for River Road and its traffic so we returned to south Windsor westside and other back roads. We split near Shiloh and Old Red and I went home.


Friday: Friday SRCC A Class ride

Howarth Park to Moms' Apple Pie shop near Forestville and return. Generally the Joe Redota trail out and Willowside, Third, Prince Greenway back. Nice chatting but I clearly see I need to up-grade to B status.

Wednesday, May 4

New position

I am deliberately secretive in not saying where and for who. Seasoned bloggers know why. It is related to the field I studied in college and pays more than my old (veerrry old) work. A few months to dig out from under then start building a nest egg. The nest needs fixing. Now if the spouse who edits this would find happy work we would be dinks.