"When the trails are closed, it's time for road work..." says my new custom headset top cap on my Surly Pacer. Shit man... I struggled - I think I rode too soon after I ate - but caught second wind coming home - total ride was about 30 miles.
I did the flat loop all the way past Bailey Rd. and got this sweet pic - there's all kinds of stuff like this going toward Morgan Hill - just abandoned, old, rusted stuff where feral cats and possible homeless people find refuge. Makes you wonder how and why this stuff just becomes forgotten - Who owns it? What's the deal with it? It was filled with junk and a real pretty Siamese cat said "What's up" but I wouldn't touch that thing and bring possible kitty disease to my cats.
I went back down Santa Teresa and this is when I noticed that when the seasons change, so does the direction of the head wind. In the winter, the wind blows against you going south - giving you an extra lift for the northbound trip back home. It doesn't do any good since the Bernal Rd. climb is right there; at least there's no wind going up!
I started to climb Bernal and approached a crazy looking old man with a Buzz Cut - he looked like Coach BuzzCut from Beavis and Butthead - and he had a good tilt on the speed walking! So much, that I didn't think I was going to pass him, which was embarrassing. I know he knew I was behind him, so he picked up the pace as to not let me pass. Finally, a XC MTB'er passed me and I kicked it into high gear and passed Coach BuzzCut. I was almost embarrassed that this guy was handing it to me on foot, but this was also mile 20 or so into my ride - so I was a little pooped.
Before the BuzzCut incident, I noticed more than one MTB'er messing around on the trails. I yelled out to one of them "HEY - THOSE TRAILS ARE CLOSED! THE RANGERS ARE GIVING TICKETS FOR RIDING ON THEM!" He said, "THANKS!" and kept on riding. I don't have a problem with riding a closed trail, but I do have a problem when people ride on a closed trail and they're closed as to preserve the trail for later use. As you'll read in my Dog Hike report, Santa Teresa County Park IS NOT suitable to ride on as a result of the recent rain - MTB's and horses will just destroy them. Com'on people! Respect!
I got a decent iPhone shot at the top of Bernal at IBM, and lost my house key in the process. I had to go back, it was getting dark - and I found it sparkling in the grass.
Yesterday, I decided to take my dogs, Mina (Dalmatian) and Rocky (Pitbull), out to hike Santa Teresa County Park. I figured it was a nice time to go since the trails are closed to MTB's and horses (except for you lawbreakers!) and I wouldn't have to worry about somebody blazing down Stiles Trail and have an accident with my dogs on leashes. I went up Stiles, down Mines and back to Fortini.
I now understand why the trails become closed - they are a MESS from the rain. Since the trails are clay, that crap cakes on your boots and traction is very sketchy - in fact I saw a lot of slide marks where it seems that people slipped and fell. I could only imagine if a horse were to walk on that stuff or MTB's leaving big grooves - it would be hard to get the trails back into pristine condition. I will always respect trail closures now that I've seen the potential damage bikes and horses can cause.
Mina and Rocky had a blast. We came upon this part of a vertebrae - deer perhaps? It was CLEAN - so some animal, probably a coyote, had a feast. Didn't see the rest of the body, though. Rocky wanted to take it and I was, like, "NO!"
Tomorrow, it looks like I'm going to get a straight trade - my Custom Bobber for a Honda CBR600RR - I am f*cking stoked. I don't even ride the Bobber and he doesn't ride the CBR - so it's going to be a good deal for the both of us.
Saturday is flatland BMX in Manteca with the Valley riders.
I'm bringing shin guards.