The ride started at James Logan High School and headed south east to Fremont. I was a bit concerned as the ride started as we were riding with cars on three lane streets. For all I knew, we were in Bakersfield, with wide roads, retail centers and 55 MPH speed limits for the cars. Then, to my pleasure, after a few miles, we made a turn through a residential neighborhood, and another turn towards the green hills. Much better. The rest of the ride was car-less and gorgeous. We had two 1,000 foot climbs at >15% grades which made for tough riding for the Fat Guy. If I have any complaint about the ride, it would be that the
service was a bit too good. Every rest stop was chock full with sweet treats (oreos, banana bread, PB&J, bananas, etc) and lots of fluids (water and 3 flavors of electrolyte drinks). They rest stops were so comfy that they encourages longer breaks. And three rest stops on a 65 mile ride was actually one too many. We could have saved 20-30 minutes by cutting the stops to only two. All in all, however, it was very well done by the Fremont Freewheelers Bicycle Club. I highly recommend the ride. Next year, I am thinking the full 100 miles.
|Angry cow. This guy mooed at every bike that rode past. I heard him from 100 yards away.|
|Green hills and a big reservoir. Really pretty.|
|My favorite picture of the ride. I knew we were entering Alameda County when I saw this. |
Hoodrats and Hillbillys. Sweet.