Friday, November 25, 2011

T-day ride...

Got out for a post-rain, pre-feast ride on the road bike. With fenders, it's no problem to head out for a ride without having to think about how the road/weather conditions will affect your ride. I'm not a big fan of going out to ride in the rain if I can help it, but it's just rained or if it's a bit crappy, heading out on a ride with a fendered bike is a no worry experience. No worries about the stripe of wet grime up your backside. No worries about wet feet. No worries about riding on roads through cattle ranches where the catle crossings are littered with a soupy, slick sheen of cow shit. Nothing worse that having that splash up on your water bottles.

And there are plenty of cattle crossings riding on any of the roads out in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, which is where I headed for a little jaunt on Thanksgiving. The roads were plenty wet and I was going to head out to Kehoe Beach and back on the road. On the way out through Inverness, there were more cars that usual (holiday drivers). By the time I got to the turn off for Marshall Beach Rd., a fine dirt road for road bikes, I had enough traffic and decided on some sweet dirt. In the summer, this road is pretty dusty and has some pretty good sections of washboard. Not today. It was a little slick and super smooth.

Marshall Beach Rd
Marshall Beach Rd. (also known as "L" Ranch Road.

Marshall Beach Rd
The road surface was pretty solid, but there were a few spots where it was a bit soupy and the bike had some pretty nifty two-wheel drifts.

Marshall Beach Rd
North into the headwind.

Marshall Beach Rd. looking across Tomales Bay towards Marshall.

Double track
Inverness Ridge off in the distance.

What's playing: Elvis Costello The Element Within Her)

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