Monday, March 1, 2010

Another Monday, another ride...

Been a while since I rode the Marshall Wall loop. A simple 35-ish mile loop out Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Rd - Hicks Valley Rd. - Marshall-Petaluma Rd. - and back Highway 1. Some decent climbing - 2,400 total, and it should be noted that what goes up, must come down. During the 13 mile stretch from the turn off on to Hicks Valley Rd. until I reached Highway 1, a grand total of 2 cars passed me. Beautiful day to be out on the bike!

I looked back on an old Garmin GPS route and saw that I knocked 10 minutes on my total time out - felt pretty good. Stayed in the big ring up some minor climbs. Getting time to start stretching out my rides, time-wise and mileage-wise. Fifty isn't a big deal. Time to start getting that up to the 75-100 mile range. My goal is to be able to knock out a hundred like some folks would feel walking down to the market. One of the last club rides I did with a race team back in the early 90's (yeah, it's been a long time), we tallied 100 miles under 5 hours. I'd be happy doing a solo hundred in 6 hours or so. Like I said, it's a goal.

This is what the road looked like (no cars) for 13 miles.

No cars

The final descent to Marshall with Tomales Bay in the background.


During the last 5 miles, a Tesla Roadster passed me on a corner. After it motored past, I realized there was something seriously amiss. There was no guttural exhaust note as it rolled past accelerating out of a corner. Nothing. Just the sound of tires on the pavement. I feel ripped off. A high-performance sports car at least half about the sound of the engine and exhaust.

(What's playing: KWMR Hippie from Olema)

1 comment:

CurbDestroyer Chronicles said...

Garmin? . . . I still use my Avocet 45! It's got ave. speed.