Sunday, April 29, 2007
Mt. Hamilton Post-ride (please share your pictures..)
It was a blast coming up and down Mt.Hamilton as we planned - Rodge, Jack, Rodge_M, Benjie, John_M, Elmer, BobbyG, JohnnyBoy, Manny, and of course the honorable Tony Madone were all in full gear. The day started a bit cloudy, but the sun broke through eventually. A couple in the group have great pictures to share on this fun ride, and overall as a group consensus, we've rated this as one of the tougher rides with close to 19 miles to the top from Alum Rock (with about 16 miles of total climbing). It's not the grade (the climb was very gradual), but that seemingly endless miles and miles headed up the Lick Observatory. Once we got up there, we were beholden to one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Diablo Range with upwards of 4,200 feet of total elevation. According to one of our resident experts on Hamilton, JohnnyBoy, the Lick Observatory atop Mt. Hamilton is the highest elevation point in the whole bay area. Pictures should be coming up soon, thanks to the digital gadgetries of those who took photos en route to the top and at the apex of the climb. This climb has to be repeated. We're very glad everyone did well, safe and sound - there were a couple of minor incidents, but the team pulled together so that everyone was able to mount their specific two-wheeled gas-less locomotives, and ride safely back to the Longs meeting area. We were all definitely watched from above..