Sunday, January 04, 2015

Hey guys, let's get the band back together

With only the most minimal prompting from Richard, we put the band back together for a friendly slow poke ride through the Delta. The ride, due the excessive amount of climbing, (more than a stunning 300 feet for over 50 miles) included a lunch stop at Giusti's Place in Walnut Grove.

Tricia and I left Antioch with the thermometer at 34. It warmed up a bit by our 10AM launch from Brannon Island State Park, but never really got warm all day. That was fine as we just rode at a leisurely pace, chatted, complained about Dan's choice of a washboard gravel road, and stopped to admire the amazing flock of cranes honking and flying over the waterways.

Just because there was minimal climbing (actually none) doesn't mean there were no KOMs. We all got Strava yearly cups on the ferry across the river. Yep, some prankster actually made the 100 yard ferry ride a segment.

I've ridden over the Rio Vista Bridge several times and failed to love it. Steve pointed out there is actually a nearly-hidden narrow bike/ped path with a darn near secret entrance under the bridge. I felt a lot safer there, not having to pray cars wouldn't roll up and over me in the lanes.

A new member sat in with the band, standing in for John perhaps, to keep the music metaphor going. David joined us, and survived our bad humor and attempts to politically re-educate him.

The after ride gathering at our house featured even more food. Yep, it was a 50 mile weight gain ride. Mark brought some amazing cheese and paté with olives to share. Riders' families dropped in and we ate the special (and stunning) Slow Pokes World Championship Jersey cake Dan had created by the amazing Alpine Pastery and Cake of Concord

All in all it was a very civilized, non-epic 50 miles.

(Thanks Steve, for making the photos after I'd cleverly left my iPhone in the car.)

Bonus photo of my bike leaning on a bridge.


  1. It was a pleasure to ride with you all. I survived the gulag with my mind unscathed. I'll be back. :)

  2. Midland10:52 PM

    Great ride as always. Thanks guy's.

  3. Midland10:58 PM

    Did I really say I wanted to do the Davis Double with you guy's this year? I wasn't even drinking. haha

  4. I was wondering what got into you Steve. Looking forward to riding with you at Davis.

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  6. Curtis I was wondering how you got KOM on a ferry boat since we were all standing next to each other. I think next time I'll start at the stern and walk my bike to the bow during the crossing. Maybe slip the ferryman a twenty to pour the coal to it so we can put that KOM safely out of reach. (Probably should scuttle the boat once we are done with it too....)


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