27 February, 2009

Trinidad via Westhaven

I made it up to the lighthouse on this sunny Friday.

31 miles in 1 hour and 56 minutes.

Scenic Drive-
This was a paved two lane road not long ago.
View from the edge of the road.

Happy Birthday Heather!!!

24 February, 2009

Bobcat on Butler Valley

For a detailed ride description visit "Bigfoot Bicycle Club"

Stock photo: Wikipedia

It was raining all morning, but I needed to ride. When I got off work the clouds were breaking up. I stuffed my face and rolled out the door.

The southern wind was a welcome friend on my way to Blue Lake. Although the clouds were dark, I didn't get a single rain drop on my face until the last 15 minutes.

There are two large climbs on this ride. The Korbel climb is 8% avg. grade for 2.6 miles and gains 1,100 feet elevation. Today it took me 18 minutes. The second climb is right after the Mad River and rises 1,660 feet in 7.8 miles.

The Mad River was full. Right after this photo-op I got a long look at a bobcat. I have seen this bobcat before, but today I crept up on it to get a good look. It was casually walking up the hill. When it saw me it jumped 15 feet up the embankment and into a tree in a split second. Very impressive!

Mad River @ Maple Creek

Ride stats: 46 miles in 3 hours and 8 minutes (shaved 7 minutes).

19 February, 2009

Springtime on Butler Valley

I got off work early and hit the road before noon. I did the Butler Valley loop (46 miles) in 3 hours and 15 minutes. It was perfect.

Cannon Creek
Even in the snow capped hills the temperatures stayed around 60 F. The unusual S/SE wind brought a warm breeze that smelled a little like summer.

Cherry trees are blossoming and daffodils are popping up. The presence of flying insects made today feel distinctly spring-like.

12 February, 2009

Fickle Hill is steep.

Fickle Hill Road is insanely steep. It departs the center of Arcata and quickly gains elevation. The road has a lot of "character" with everything from smooth to horrid road surfaces, and flat straights to steep hairpin turns.

I turned around at point "G"
24.6 miles in 1 hour 58 minutes with a 41.5 mph max.


Your weekly dose of bicycle propaganda-

09 February, 2009

Putting in the miles: Trinidad

I went back and crunched the numbers on my training last year. I logged 896 miles from mid-January to mid-April (3 months). March alone was 400 miles.

Red = Road ---- Green = Mtn.
Last February I rode 258 miles. So far this month I have 139.


After work I took a spin to the Trinidad lighthouse.
33 miles in 2 hours 11 minutes.

I'm about to spend a lot of time on my road bike.

08 February, 2009

Sunday Ride: Kneeland

Ryan called me up Saturday evening about riding. Sunday's weather forecast was 90% chance of rain after 10 AM. I tentatively agreed.

At a quarter past 9 we rolled out from Arcata. I met two strong young cross- country riders named Matt and Winston. The later is the captain of HSU cycling and an accomplished racer.

Near Freshwater
We rode to Kneeland Airport up some cutty road and back in 2 hours 45 minutes for 41.5 steep miles. The weather was warmer and threatened no rain until we had returned.

04 February, 2009

Where's the rain?/ACF

This January we got .5 inches of rain.

Last year we received 11 inches and the average is about 10.

Thanks to the unusually dry weather I've been riding my single-speed in the forest. Heather even got in on the action w/her new ride!

I've been cross-training since "training" starts in 9 days.

01 February, 2009

Sunday Shop Ride: Fieldbrk Loop

Vince, Ryan, and I started the ride by heading up the Hammond to Little River State Beach. We then cut up through McKinleyville to Fieldbrook. In Blue Lake I was feeling beat so I peeled off down West End Rd, but Vince and Ryan went up Korbel to Cannon Creek.

Ride stats: 40 miles in 2 hrs 35 minutes. Ryan hit 55 mph!