May 19, 2003 10:34 AM
|Wow, was that ever fun!
This ride definitely exceeded my expectations. While it wasn't what I'd call a hilly ride, it certainly wasn't pancake flat either. I kept joking to the organizers that I thought we'd be doing loops around flat Davis ag lands...wasn't aware of the nice jaunt the route took past Clear Lake and the Capay Valley. (I'd never been up there before -- Cache Creek and the Capay Valley are *awesome*.)
I was way more relaxed for this ride than I was for my first double in Death Valley, both leading up to the ride as well as the ride itself. I didn't feel pinched for time, which meant I actually spent time at the rest stops (very unusual for me), and also meant that I cruised in pretty late. I actually enjoyed riding at night, and it was nice to have an opportunity to use my night stuff under relaxed, controlled circumstances. In addition to the Trail Rat (with a EL300 as a backup, wound up not needing it) I was also using a Princeton Tec Aurora headlamp. Three LEDs...30 bucks...really nice to have. I could read my map, see my odometer, see road signs, etc.
Anyhow, the scenery was great, the weather cooperated, the support was great...All in all it was a great way to spend a Saturday. I'll be back next year.
|A very pleasant Davis Double...||Lon Norder|
May 19, 2003 11:04 AM
|Typically it's much hotter and drier, but the cool weather held out and temperatures were mostly in the mid to upper 70's - perfect for biking. Plus, all the rain we've been getting in Nor Cal has kept the fields green and full of wildflowers. The Davis Bike Club puts on a great event. Glad you enjoyed it.|| |