Sunday, January 13, 2008

malibu it is....

Well after being sick, and having to deal with an airline going out of business on me during my vacation. I finally got back in the swing of this bicycling.
I found that there is another randonneur living nearby , Bruce and had been talking with some folk how double centuries, and we talking them into doing the Malibu 200k put on by Pacific Coast highway Radonneurs.
So at at 4:30 am , I met Bruce Taylor and Mike Miller. Sine I am slower, I drive to Malibu by myself, Bruce and Mike went to pick Suzy Degazon. I got to Malibu at 5:30 and got my bike out of my car. The rest of th gang of show up about 6,and we milled around talked until the start at 7.Suzy had some one take a picture of us.(From L to R Bruce, Mike, Suzy, and myself:
Finally at 7 , we started, They was a 200 foot climb to start with and I was off the back pretty fast. But we soon we back down to sea Level, so is used my descending muscle to get up to mach .7. I had just caught up when we climbed another 200 foot.
The ride was gorgeous. The first 17 miles we rolling hills with the Mansions of the Hollywood Hoi Polloi. We the crossed into Ventura county, and rode along the ocean.
after about 23 mile, highway 1 becomes a freeway. we had to get off and we by the Point Mugu Naval Air Station . we then rode b=past some farm,and came to the first control. I found David Nakai here,and gave him back some brevet cards. He said the extra wait would cause him To DNF! (he was riding a fully loaded touring bike :) ) we then pedaled past the Seabee base .
then we came through the City of Ventura. we went past downtown, onto a bike path, did about 10 more miles of PCH, rode through a mudslide, and came to section I was dreading. about 10miles we you have to ride on the shoulder of the 101 Freeway. I was doing ok until I got to the off ramp, and I had a flat. I fixed it, did another 200 foot climb. we then cam to the lunch stop/ The return was the exact same route. I rode with David most of the way back. I took a picture of neat off shore island (would have gotten close, but this was on the 101 section. Unfortunately , on the way, there was a search and rescue mission going on.
I was taking it easy and dreading the rollers to come. sure enough I start cramp coming up one with about 10 miles. And I had ran out of Accelerade. I would stop at a convenience store and get some , but this is Malibu. So struggled on . I found one at about 4 miles to go but decided to skip it.
We bypassed the last hill. It was about 4:30, and i wanted to take my sunglasses off, and put my reflective vest on I saw a house with a nice wall , so i went over and spread my stuff out. I was think that I hoped the owner wouldn't mind, when he cam back from waling his dog! He said that it was ok , and talked for bit. I came back at 4:40, Talked with David some, had some Pizza, and went home. which beinng in LA, meant 2 hours and sitting in a Traffic Jam...

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