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..

12 comments:

Jack Ibagbaga (also known as) Batillog said...

"We were all definitely watched from above.."

Amen...
and thank you Lord for keeping Jack safe and be able ride another day.

PS
fellow siclistas, please no horror stories. The ride leader might kick me off the club if he gets wind of the incident.

john_m said...

amen to that fellow siclistas. great ride! thanks to everyone for the support and motivation during the over six hour trek.

jack. i think the only horror story here is getting home to see the wife's war face. :-0

johnv said...

Guys well done,sana nakasama ako para ako ang ng hila sa grupo parang Blue Train ng Discovery.he he he .////

Jack Ibagbaga (also known as) Batillog said...

johnm, war face and wife does not go together. but if they do, that is scary hehehe.

johnv, okey ba ang bike training?

Manny Dex(strose) said...

namiss ka nga namin, johnv..labas mo muna yung parlee custom bike, mo, at iparada mo muna yung harlee sa loob ng garahe para makasama ka, di ba..?:)

MadoneLemon said...

Guys, Many thanks for the search and rescue. It was so disgraceful that the Lick Oservatory was in sight at 1.5 miles. Run out of fuel in the 7 mile sign shifted to granny to save energy but thru no avail. I finally realized my mistake. I could have waited just like a sitting duck but too anxious to wait since anxiety was ,kicking in. Bonking is no fun.Confident, that the way back is pure downstream but finally discovered " makunat" din ang middle stage. The 20 mile slope back was pure survival cycling living on hard candy lifesavers which i always tuck in to promote salivary gland flow for emergencies,sucking my own sweat for salt and stopping between shades and checking my HR.I was more concerned about Hypoglycemia than muscle cramp since most of us cyclist have strong metabolism. SOS running on an MT tray. no cell phone service either. But there was GOD somewhere. At tha foot of the hill some MEX/AM riders replenished me with H20 and one passerby even offered me money to buy water.Probably I have repeated "gracias" many times.I talked to jack recently and he is doing fine licking his wounds, the mark of a true weekened warrior. WAR PAINT anyone?

john_m said...

Manny. You haven't met my wife. :-)Just kidding. You're right. They definitely don't go together. I think the war face/paint goes to Mr. Tony and Jack for their toughness on the road. Stories that will go on in the siclista's history book. and immortalized by johnnyboy's and bobbyg's pics. :-)by the way. that was a cool shot of the roadkill and rattler. Mr. Tony, pass muna ako sa war paint. But I'll have the "tapang usa" or "piniritong sawa" anytime.

Manny Dex(strose) said...

haha, johnm, i was eating my breakfast ceral and almost go "samid" when u mentioned that magic word 'wife'. God created them for a reason, and those times (we know them) r supposed to make us tuf, so we can meet with the travails of biking survival as monsiuer madone so eloquently exposited...on this note i would suggest a couple of things (and please feedback..):

a) no one person should be riding by himself: there should at the minimum 2 riders at one time, and within a visible distance, this should probably be a verbal agreement, i.e., u'll be my partner on this ride no matter what..and the lead partner should always check behind, and the 'follower' should shout out if the lead partner gets too far out of sight.

b) we should bring walkie-talkies (haven't researched the most cost effective one, but anyone's welcome to recommend), and standardize on the frequency/channel of communication - many times our trails go into areas where there is NO signal..(we shud ask cingular if they tested their commercials on mt.tam or mt. diablo;)

c) keep the faith, yes, there is a GOD as tonyM mentioned and prayers always go a long way in moments like these..

any comments, suggestions..?

MadoneLemon said...

John M, pasensiya na kasi akala ko 10 miles lang. The last time i did Mt Ham was in 1999 with 7 pinoys from FFBC and other grps x 126 miles to Livermoore. The last 2 were with FFBC but only at Grant park. That park at the middle stage after alum rock park. So my sub-cortex was still with that ride kaya I did mentioned 10 miles.

MadoneLemon said...

John M and manny talking about wife,I found out, that there are only 2 ways to pls a man. namely: The wife's good cooking and the later, they should just walk around naked.For us men to pls them we should all be tigas. Tiga linis,vacuum,tiga drive. pintura,hugas, lawn mower,gardener,tiga sundo etc.LOL.

Manny Dex(strose) said...
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Manny Dex(strose) said...

words of wizdm, monsieur madone...tis indeed wise to be tigas, since the alternative would be a very lonely, painful moment of regret, which in our vernacular, we've summed up in one action word.. 'manigas'