Monday, June 29, 2015

Over the side vehicle

Matt's photo of a Car crash last night at Coyote Corner. GMR mile marker 10.6.
Bill's new camera has a 30x zoom.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

GMR Closed for 4th of July

Glendora Mountain Road will be closed for 4th of July weekend. At this time there are no plans to close the forest due to fire danger as they did to San Gorgonio wilderness. Check back on Tuesday or Wednesday for updates.

UPDATE: Road Closed started at 4 PM Thursday July 2 - may be closed to Tuesday or Wednesday. They started sweeping the road to close the gate on Thursday July 2, 2015.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Excitement on the Mountain

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sediment removal on GMR next 5-7 weeks

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mental Hurdle Overcome

Goals accomplished: Ride to Baldy. Yipee. Friends and support along the way.

Rick and Greg at the shed. Kudos to Greg on his own road to recovery.

Mark on his way back, passed me at mile marker 5 on Glendora, Ridge Road. A shout out and he turned around and paced me up the Reward Climb. The miles go much quicker when there is someone to fill in with stories.
Greg "Lemond" A. who had a hiatus from cycling for six months at GRR mile marker 7 sharing the shade with Mark and myself.
Baldy Village. The temperature was warm. 80F.
The mountain.
Roseanne supports the cycling community with bananas, oranges, and COLD water.
The story of the tortoise and the hare(s) was apropos. Eight to ten cyclists gathered at the shed for the final descent along Glendora Mountain Road. The temperature was 95F+. They left in a rush with the lure of home, air conditioning a couch after a hot ride. I took up the rear and enjoyed my own pace down the mountain. Roseanne waited for the cyclists to get a head start, then she packed her car.

The final climb up to GMR mile marker 7 done. Cross that off the list - no more climbs for the day. Then I saw the first set of riders pulled over fixing a flat near Newman's point.

Roseanne passed me about mile marker 8. A polite driver.

What caught my eye was Roseanne's parked car and four cyclists at the yellow box at the sweeping turn near the yellow box at GMR 9.2. Standing in the shade off the road, a cyclist fixed her flat tire, while another cyclist with a gaping rash on his hip and blood dripping down his knee and hand paced back and forth. I had large bandages, but the wounds were too large. Spray was requested.

Determining that everything was taken care of, I pedalled on. Stop at the first saddle enjoy the view. The heat rose as I descended. The breeze did not bring relief. The tar was still solid in the cracks. The third group of cyclists were stopped in a small sun baked patch of dirt fixing a flat tire.

This  tortoise got home with tires in tact, while the rabbits were sidelined repairing tubes and bodies.
 Saturday slow and steady got home first.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

It's only water

The sky was wet. the ground was sandy. Water dripped from my helmet. Water fogged my glasses. Water soaked my handle bars, bike and wheels. My brakes were hydroplaning. I turned around at mile marker 11.39.
Bill took these photos. He was drenched when he got home.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Car over the side.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ligthning Velo GMR Time Trial

Lightning Velo is holding their annual GMR Time Trial this coming Saturday, June 13th.  More info:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Monday was too hot to ride at 104F. The rain drops didn't stop me tonight.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Movie or Bike. On a sunny Sunday afternoon I chose the bike. It was hot and my muscles said what the heck. It beat me up. Spit me out and challenged me to improve. Another bonus was tagging up with Shane sitting in the skinniest sliver of shade under the electronic sign. How many times have you been up? Once? Time for another lap dude. The CHP motorcycle patrolman reminded us of single file. Somehow they miss the speeding car going 55 mph++.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Day and Night

Heres the difference between my Wednesday night ride and Bill's Wednesday morning ride.