Sunday, the 26th of April, I rode up Palomar with some of the VeloNutz.
They were riding it as a training ride for a Mt Baldy climb associated with this year's Tour of California. I was riding it because I had a family-free day.
|Looking back down|
There were seven of us at the start. We picked up one more after we crossed over Lake Hodges, so then we had a small group of eight, able to ride two abreast. Knowing we were going to get out of my comfort zone, I did what I could to stay in the pack. Further, not knowing the route, I needed to stay with the group - by ten miles in, we were on roads I don't visit often, and by twenty I'm not sure I'd ever been there before. So I stayed in.
Two split off at one turn, then we two more split off before climbing South Grade up to Palomar. That left four of us for the climb.
|Above the clouds|
Then it was down the hill and back home. 85 miles.
|General Store stop|
Wait, what happened to the 75 mile route? We climbed a different way.
Hermie's instagram collage captures the various weather patterns, and Tony's picture shows the four of us at the top.
Strava gives the route and metrics.