Tough to choose between finishing the cyclocross season and getting a couple epic mountain climbs in California. The training in SoCal would be more suitable for my upcoming adventure in Taiwan.
|Even a police officer stopped to fill up with spring water|
The always refreshing stop on-route at the North Ogden spring for water. Nice to see all walks of life of people lined up for water.
|Poms for my birthday; gathering poms with Jan the neighbour|
At my couchsurfing home in Newbury Park, the neighbour’s pomegranate tree was in full production. I gleefully packed up a bagful when offered them.
|Oh, so luscious red poms!|
Went in my 3rd 100-mile Deer Creek Death Ride. Ride put on by local Matt Polk. The local bike shops Newbury Park and Win’s Wheels had feedzone tents on-route.
|Start of Deer Creek from PCH - photo DCDR Facebook|
After the first hill climb up Decker, a menstrual cramp had me bush bound. Starting back, I played catch up the rest of the way to the first feedzone.
|Marg solo up Deer Creek catching up - photo DCDR Facebook|
Happy to left the feed zone with Cat 1 rider Dusty and a couple strong riders. This was my first big ride since Haute Route. Every weekend since then has been double-header cross races, with the wicked ERTC hill climb ride on Thursday nights (50 km).
|back view up Deer Creek - photo DCDR Facebook|
After descending Topanga Canyon, I made my decision climbing epic Fernwood to Stunt Road to avoid a death march to the finish and omit the last 20 mile loop on Piuma (a super nice climb). Good call on my part as I rode back a shortened route with 2 heat-stricken guys. Ride ended up 85 miles 9000’ elevation gain, pretty good training day.
Other epic rides:
|Descent from Highland Valley road near Escondido|
|Desert climb up Montezuma from Borrego Springs|
|Descent after Gibralter climb out of Santa Barbara|
|Hwy 33 ride north of Ojai, ocean view to the south|
|Same ride to the peak of Mt Pinos to the north|
|View from the spring water trail near Ojai|
|under the table with Lilly|
|Halloween in Encinitas to check out the Swami's carved|
pumpkins with Barbara.
Many amazing costumes, kids, adults and dogs!
|High school friend Patty in Torrance|
with Garrett and Gina (6' 1" grade 11!)
|Patty & Marg on Redondo beach|
Santa Monica mountains in the background