Monday, October 29, 2012

GMR open

Glendora Mountain Road, GRR and Dalton Road opened some time on Sunday afternoon. I rode up Monday evening, full moon was helpful.

Did you make it to the milky way?

Hillbasher states [it was] Saturday night that we headed up to the shack. One group of 7 or 8 left at 5:45PM and our group of 6 left about 20 minutes later. Conditions were absolutely perfect for a night ride. Warm, no wind, almost full moon that came up before 5PM, and to top it off, the road was closed to cars. Should have been there, you would have loved it.

Friday, October 26, 2012

GMR closed 10/26/2012

Matt reports that Glendora Mountain Road is closed today as of 4 pm. Closed due to Red Flag Fire Danger. GMR, GRR and Big Dalton Canyon.

Mr. Beanz and company were out for a Friday evening ride. I will have to get an update.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday 10/20/2012

Saturday morning, cloudy, grey, with drizzle that dripped down. The hope of cycling above the clouds that got thicker the higher I rode, dwindled with each stroke. It turned out a full complement of riders were out that day training for the Tour de Foothills on November 10th. Plenty of folks pedaling up the road. I enjoyed one stint of keeping ahead of a couple of riders, pushing myself to go faster and keep my mere bike length of a lead for as long as possible. I kept it for a mile and then watched as they raced away.

At the top of Monroe, the cow bells rung as the riders rolled in, the rest stop blared with music, fifty or more riders stopped for sandwiches, cookies and water. I found John, Matt and a new fellow, Lin.

It was a wetter ride down with John, Matt, Bill and myself. Visibility was low and drizzle was more pronounced. Matt had a great ride up Lin, new to cycling and taking on 100 mile events. John spoke of sun at Cow Canyon saddle. Talk of bears, bikes until the chill set in. Bill had ridden with several different folks, Terry being one of them. I happily donned knee warms, jacket and warm head band for the descent. Amazing how cold and wet one day can be and then just as quick summer could burst out again. Change was in the air as autumn arrived.

This ride benefited from the training on Monday and Wednesday. It is always a trade off balancing between work and life. The ride was sweet indeed.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bears, oh my.

The action hovered overhead this afternoon as a bear roamed residential neighborhoods a few blocks north of my home. It was big news for the LA and Glendora as the helicopters danced in the air.

KTLA Story:,0,2545895.story

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Bill's Monday Ride

Wow, when you are retired you can ride whenever you want.

I have not been motivated and the Saturday ride in the afternoon gave me the smackdown to get out and ride. So my Monday night ride felt oh so good.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Catching up with Bill

Bill got out for a ride on a cool and cloudy morning. Quite refreshing after weeks of  oven baking heat. It was 50F descending the mountain. That's 50F lower than just a week ago. The panorama was taken at Newman's Point.