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Ocean Beach-Daly City-South SF Heights

Posted By Kjell Jorgenson on Aug 29, 2007 at 3:33PM

Fairly sunny ride along Ocean Beach. Turned left into Daly City after the Skyline Drive fog and high speed traffic became to much. Founds some interesting spots along the way including the Sherman Stern Grove Park which seems quiet and hidden. Ended up by the giant radio tower on the hill and enjoyed a nice coast down the Golden Gate Park.

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San Francisco to Russian River Valley

Posted By Kjell Jorgenson on Aug 28, 2007 at 3:41PM

Riding partner Arthur and I left cloudy SF yesterday morning with our Sonoma destination on the distant horizon. High cloud cover and no fog made for a pleasant ride over the bridge and the shady Marin offered picturesque wooded riding through San Anselmo. Middle portion of the trip along Tomales Bay featured copious rolling hills and cooling 5mph head wind. Early afternoon ride through Sebastopol and into wine country was HOT but deserted back roads made it more bearable than the busy highway alternatives. All in all a great 82 mile jaunt capped with a Sonoma Pinot Noir off.

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Around Lake Sebago

Posted By Arthur Cinader on Aug 3, 2007 at 11:57AM

I come to my in-laws camp on Lake Sebago every summer. Starting last year, I rent a bike for the week. I did this ride a bunch last year. I love it. Took 2hr 43 min which included a good 15 min break to talk to a fellow who had biked from Quebec city to the shore of the lake. He was on his way to Kennebunkport, which is probably 40 miles from the lake. He was gonna bike to take a ferry from Portland to Nova Scotia and then bike back to Quebec City. Now that's a ride!

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North City Tour

Posted By Arthur Cinader on Jul 15, 2007 at 9:18AM

Kjell, A Geek and I headed out for a ride today. I do this route alot. Good fun.

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San Francisco to Santa Rosa

Posted By Arthur Cinader on Jul 8, 2007 at 2:55PM

I've thought that doing a ride from SF to wine country would be nice. I made the one way trip this past sunday. Not really a nice ride. The costal route would be much nicer, but it would also be about 25 to 35 miles longer with ALOT more elevation.

The swimming pool and ice cold beer at the end of the route were much appreciated.

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The Long Way to the Mall

Posted By Arthur Cinader on Aug 28, 2006 at 10:17AM

Me and the rest of the boys headed down to Capitola on Saturday to surf some easy, small southern-hemi swell. The girls met us mid-peninsula on the way home at a friend's house for an afternoon pool party. After much swimming, volleyball, and dancing till the sun went down, we headed back to San Fran.

First thing Sunday Morning, Heidi realized that she had left her phone charging in the kitchen at the party. Heidi, being the good sport that she is, drove down to Portola Valley to get her phone, and then drove a couple of minutes to the Stanford Mall to shop for a bit so I could bike down and meet her. I took the long way. Skyline is really beautiful and a great ride.

Just as I got to Old La Honda Road where I leave the mountains and head to the mall, there was a group of 20 or so Mexican men in their 40s and 50s digging into some watermelons. I stopped, had some watermelon, and chatted for a few. They had just made the ridge up Old La Honda and they were laughing and whooping it up for the few stragglers who were still working on the climb. They say they do a big ride every weekend. Nice.

Heidi was patiently shopping away as I pulled into the Mall. We had an early, big dinner and headed back to San Fran in the car to catch the Emmys.

3:30 min
48 Miles
4,800 ft vertical
4,000 calories

(here's the kmz file if you want to fly the route in google earth :) )

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Napa Valley Tour

Posted By Arthur Cinader on Aug 22, 2006 at 12:12AM

On Sunday I rode the Napa Valley Tour, a hundred mile bike ride though one of the world's great wine regions. Like a kid on Christmas morning, I was up before dawn and raring to go. The day started foggy and cool in the mid 50's. The tour took about six hours of peddling time and seven hours elapsed time. The fog cleared by 10 am. When we rolled across the finish at 2pm it was clear and seventy five. We got a lucky break with awesome weather.

The ride winds through Napa county, up two big climbs, through many vineyards. There were a couple of nice rest stops, manned by cheerful volunteers providing lots of good food and liquids.

Napa Map

My buddy Pat invited me on the tour, I roped in my brother in law who was already scheduled to visit Heidi and me in San Fran.

Thanks to Pat, I was riding as part of a group of eight riders, all pictured below at the top of the Ink Grade which was the second and last big climb of the route. (you can click on it for a larger image with all of our names).

And some shots from near the end of the ride:

Pat, Russ, Ray

Kurt, Russ, Pat, Stacy

Me, Joel



If you're a geek, you can download the GPS data and open it in Google Earth and then fly the route.

If you're a little less geeky but still want to play with the route, you can check it out here

Ride photos are here

GPS data complements of my Edge 305

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The Sisters Kick My A**

Posted By Arthur Cinader on Jul 24, 2006 at 4:56PM

Mark does triathlons. I'm not sure what I was thinking going for a ride with him. I started peddling at about 7:30am, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, cruised through Sausalito to Mill Valley and waited a couple minutes for Mark to show up at the Cantina in Mill Valley. He filled me in on our route for the day: ride upto Fairfax, climb up and then descend down to Alpine Dam, then another longer climb upto the summit ridge of Mt. Tam, ride along the ridge and then descend back into Mill Valley.

About 30 or so miles of the 55 mile ride is in the Muir Woods National Monument, real beautiful terrain with huge trees making great shade over winding roads. The ride is two long climbs with a rolling ridge traverse that gives spectacular views of San Fancisco and the bay on one side and Stinson Beach, the coastline and the pacific on the other.

The ridge is infamous around here 'cause there are seven rolls along the summit ridge, known as the "Seven Sisters". After two stiff climbs, those seven rolls just go on an on....

I managed to keep up with Mark for the flats and the first little climb, Camino Alto, that is the start of many rides in Marin. But as soon as we got to the real climbs, I just couldn't keep up. I was pretty proud of myself for at least keeping up a decent pace through the first two big climbs.

But the seven sisters are really, really tough, and they chewed me up. About a 1/2 mile from the peak elevation, after which it is all downhill, I completely bonked. After about 2 cups of nuts and raisins, 15 minutes in the shade, and a quart of water, I slowly made the last 1/2 mile to meet up with Mark who was patiently waiting for me.

I need to do more rides with tough elevation gains. Mark also made the correct observation that I need to ride with other people as that will help me go faster. What he didn't say, is that I need to ride with some folks who ride slower than he does....

Back in the Saddle Again

Posted By Arthur Cinader on Jul 17, 2006 at 4:51PM

After resting for two weeks, my knee was feeling strong on Saturday morning so I decided to head down to City Cycles to meet up for a group ride. I've done the Sunday relaxed ride, but the Saturday ride's pace is faster. In a big pack we headed out from the store to the Golden Gate bridge for the Point Reyes Station 80 mile loop via Nicasio.

Before we had gone three miles, I was falling to the back. The whole pack met up on the Sausalito side of the Golden Gate Bridge, and that was the last time I saw them. Damn they are fast! I have some work to do if I want to keep up with that pack.

There was one guy behind me, I'm guessing he was mid sixties, and he caught up to me at a red light. His name is Steve and we rode together for the next 75 miles. Nice guy and he knew the route real well. This was a rest ride for him as he did the Death Valley ride of 120 miles last weekend!

A very nice ride that is pretty flat for the distance (about 3700 verticle feet). I went slow at the end cause I was afraid that my knee would be sore, but it is now monday, and the knee feels great.

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