Twenty-ish riders left the parking lot at Jamacha Road and Willow Glen, and after a couple of flat miles, headed straight uphill for the next 15 miles. It was a beautiful day and a great group of riders who rode the Great Western Loop. Five of the riders — the Honey Springs Five — chose to add fourteen miles to their day. You’d be hard-pressed to find something more pointless than riding down a hill, only to turn around at the bottom and ride right back up. But that’s what these five riders did. Then back onto the loop for what was mostly a descent, but California being what it is, why not throw in a 10% gradient near the end, just to remind you that riding a bike, although super fun, is hard work as well.
Big thanks to Maya who organized the route and shared SAG duties with yours truly when the SAG volunteer couldn’t make it. Also mad props (that’s what the kids fifteen years ago used to say, right?) to the OC chapter who showed up in force to make the ride great.