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Big Canyon Rest Stop

2014 Davis Double Century

The 45th Annual Davis Double Century is the first double on the California Triple Crown series that I’ve now completed and the second big club-supported ride I’ve ridden in thus far. (The Grizzly Peak Century from several years ago was my maiden voyage in the realm of rides over 100 miles.) Endurance riding is still a new discipline for me as I began randonneuring last year, and I’m only now tackling events on the CTC calendar. I think most folks begin riding doubles before moving up to the longer distances, so I’m taking a backwards approach by finishing¬†them the other way around!
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"The Wall"

Ride-On: Tour of the Unknown Coast Century

Billed as “California’s Toughest Century”, May corralled a big group of us Ride-On folks to ride her favorite annual 100-mile route: The Tour of the Unknown Coast. It’s a spectacular course with a little bit of everything that Northern California has to offer: the towering redwood groves within the Avenue of the Giants; a 6.8-mile climb up Panther Gap Ridge; the lush rolling green hills of Mattole Valley; a long stretch of headwinds along the Pacific Ocean; the infamous climb up “The Wall” that leads to “the Endless Hills”; then a descent down Wildcat back into Ferndale.
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Nakalele Blowhole

back to maui

TBO & I headed back to Maui for a week to celebrate my 40th birthday! We stayed in Kihei once again and explored the west side of the island at the Nakalene Blowhole, Ohai Trail and the Olivine Pools; bodysurfed at Slaughter House Beach; petted a ton of cute baby goats at a farm; rode a crazy 202k and rode up Haleakala on my actual birthday. And we didn’t neglect our appetites and ate loads of delicious food at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, Star Noodle, Maui Brewing Company, Paia Fish Market and Hali’imaile General Store. I think Kauai’s next on our bucket list…
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The FInish!

Happy 40th Birthday on Haleakala

Is there a better way to celebrate turning 40 than by riding to the top of the highest paved road climb in the U.S.? (The answer is no if you’re a crazy cyclist like myself!) Our legs were pretty thrashed after doing this 202k just two days earlier, so we took our time climbing the mountain. We left from Kihei and rode through rain and sunshine to reach the top. TBO suffered from altitude sickness and slowed down at the 7000 ft. mark, while I was just tired, hungry and ready to pass out from fatigue by the summit. But we made it 8 hours later! Then we headed back to Kihei to finish our 91-mile roundtrip ride and eat tons of delicious food at Star Noodle in Lahaina.
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