Another summer, another epic camping trip with the fabulous Ride-On crew!
An evening start, drunken road rage, beautiful scenery and sleep deprivation — this challenging 600k had it all!
With the Davis 600k on the horizon, I didn’t want to ride too many miles the weekend before. So I chose two populaire-length permanents — one hilly and one flat — just to keep my fitness up.
As TBO is not too keen on riding distances longer than 200k, I was thrilled when he volunteered to design a populaire-length route and co-lead a team for this year’s SFR Dart. He recruited two non-RUSA friends — Jonathan and his girlfriend Keli — and I invited my rando pal Jorge, who was on my team last year and has ridden 3/4 of the 2014 SFR series (but had to skip the 600k due to knee problems.) Our plan as Team “The Bearded One Express” was to start at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, retrace much of the Lucas Valley Populaire route, but then continue north towards Novato instead of west. Then we’d take Sears Point Road, aka Route 37, across the northernmost part of the bay to Vallejo. After stopping at our 6-hour control in Crockett, we’d then shoot down towards the finish at Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley.
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