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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by BigDogRaven, Oct 18, 2020.
Nice work ! Thanks for going to the trouble..
Next up; Sunday, Nov 22, 2020. A bit of a shorter day ride for me. I am a sissy about the morning cold these days, so I waited until 10 am to depart. I live in Tracy and headed on the freeway, west to Castro Valley. Stopped at a famous donut place here, Rudy's. Had a donut and coffee, outside of course. We are currently in Stage purple Covid restrictions. I used to frequent here when I lived nearby. The plan is to head out to Palomars Canyon Rd, to Niles Canyon (Sunol), Calaveres Rd, Sierra Rd, CA 130 over Mt Hamilton, Mines Rd, Livermore, home. I did get many pics from the Sena helmet cam of the recent fire damage. This is my first time through here since the fire.
Those hills out there is where I'm headed next.
Route screenshot from Rever app.
East on CV Blvd, and onto the very beautiful Palomares Canyon Rd. This is a 10 mile run to Niles Canyon Rd. Here is a few pics from the first few miles in.
It's not going to be 'ICY" today. Temps today 56-65, perfect.
Some really nice homes through here.
More pics here of the 2nd half of Palomares.
End of Palomares, this is the intersection with Niles Canyon Rd, Im turning left here. Just a short run to Calaveres Rd headed toward east San Jose.
This is Niles Canyon Rd, it has some great bendy bits, but alas I had cars in front of me. This is a 'safety corridor' as many accidents have happened on this stretch. It's just a few miles to Sunol, where I will cross under I680.
Old trains in Sunol.
Just starting out here on Calaveres Rd.
Hey, you were in my neighborhood! Rudy's is just a few blocks away. I rode out to Big Sur today
Nice. That's a solid day ride; CV to Big Sur. I grew up in CV, kinda old stompin' ground.
The centerline disappears quick and it's like this for quite a few miles. Not a 'go-fast' road, but fun.
Popular cycling area as it's very close to heavily populated San Jose.
Calaveres Reservoir, owned by SF water district. Drinking water storage mostly. They recently rebuilt the dam here, this road was closed for a year or so.
Great weather for late Nov, it IS California tho....
Seen a few other bikes out and about enjoying the day too.
A few more pics of Calaveres Rd.
This is where I turned left on Felter Rd, which turns into very steep Sierra Rd. I know they usually run the Tour of California bike race up Sierra Rd.
San Jose and the Santa Clara valley below. Beautiful day btw.
More pics here of Sierra Rd and the drop down into San Jose.
From here it's a short run over to Alum Rock and the start of the big Mt Hamilton climb; up next CA 130.
This road here, CA 130 is pretty epic. I have done this road dozens of times. I will often take this back home from trips to the coast, back over to the central valley. This runs up to the Lick Observatory, and past. They saved the Observatory from the fire. Fire damage pics coming up. Here is the lower slopes of 130, it climbs and climbs. Very tight in spots and no guard rails in many areas with huge drop offs.
The first turn......
This sign is saying the Observatory is closed. This road is also very popular with cyclists.
Starting here, it's many miles of fire devastation. This fire was in Aug 2020, so very recent. This is my first time seeing all this in person. I want to include lots of pics of this, so I can see how long it takes to start growing back gain. We WILL need rain tho. None is sight for this area anytime soon. You can see one of the 'scopes' on top of that hill way up there, that's where Im heading.
They have already done a good deal of hydroseeding the hillside to guard against slides, etc.
More pics to the summit.
Once past the Lick Observatory
It's even more remote. The devastation goes on for miles. I think this may have been one of the largest fires in California history.
This is still CA 130, aka San Antonio Valley Rd
The sightlines will be much better for a while.....
More coming down into the valley.
I come thru here often, so I really tried to take lots of pics thru here. Kinda errie seeing all this. Hopefully Mother Nature will recover quickly.
Got a decent shot of this red Honda (?).
Here is the rest of pics from this day ride. This is the split off to Patterson and I 5. I'm going to Livermore.
They fire crews saved The Junction. It was probably helpful that the CalFire station is right across the road. Sadly, The Junction is now closed. I hear it will be opening back up in 2021 with new operators. For those not from the area, The Junction is a cool spot for lunch, many bikers of all types, cyclist too come here. Looking forward to better days ahead fr this place. I always enjoy stopping here.
Heading back over to Alameda County. This section is quite twisty and fun. The centerline will go away here for about 8-10 miles.
This is Mines Rd, runs into the Livermore wine region.
This is the last pic I took. I was too lazy to stop and plug in the Sena for charging on the go. It's like 25 miles home from this point, so I just rolled.
Until next time......
New Years Day 2021. In the past I have done a ride on NYD many times. However, last year I did not ride, thus I believe this is the reason 2020 sucked. I was not going to miss this NYD ride. I met up with riding buddy Dave up in Copperopolis for a run up 'The Little Dragon' (CA hwy 49).
This was quite a nice day, a bit foggy on my way out, but temps were mostly 45-55. I will note that I LOVE having heated gear! Yes, I knw it's California, but I can be a sissy when it comes to cold. Hot weather I do much better in. Pics here of the route and buddy Dave with is Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak edition. Nice bike.
More pics coming.
Sub'd to your RR, hopefully it will kickstart me to get a bike out of the garage and on the road. I am a hour west of you however I love the Sierras !