Blog (Tag: danville)

Eagles at Mount Diablo

Ran from my house today to Rock city, climbed the highest rock I could find and watched the eagles flying for about 30 minutes. The weather today was mild (in the 50's) but breezy.  Round trip was about 8 miles.



By John Behring

Afternoon Bicycle Ride

Went on a good 40 mile ride today with my buddies Matt and Katie. I feel the ride went well, a little windy but sharing slipstream with two other riders was very helpful and carried us through-out the whole ride.

Roads Traveled On:

Camino Tassajara
Diablo Road
Green Valley Road
Livonia (maybe a few others in between here)
Stewart (maybe a few others in between here)
South Main
Alamo Valley Blvd
Danville Valley Blvd
San Ramon Valley Blvd
Amador Valley Blvd
Dougherty Road
Bollinger Canyon Road
Doughty Road
Crow Canyon

Towns Taveleved Through In Ride Order:

Danville, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville

By John Behring

Rainy Night Ride

Afternoon to night ride with Nick. This ride was crazy, it started off like one of those Disney Theme Park rides. You know... all happy and sunshine, then it turned Villan with buckets of rain coming down plus we both lost our back blinky lights. So we headed over to Livermore Cyclery in Dublin to pick up a couple more of them. The guy at the desk said, “Wow, you guys are riding in this?” We gave a simple friendly reply, “Well, Yes.”  Temperature was good (50’s) given the circumstances. But by the time we got back, we were completely filthy. I have never had so much dirt kicked up on me or my road bicycle before this night. All and all, still a good ride, I mean, where else can you ride in mid December outside besides Cali?
By John Behring

Featherpedals Ride

Today I rode with the Featherpedals in Danville, CA. They are a very organized and fun group. They have a SAG and a sweep, so there is a lot of support. The riders are very courteous and although competitive (good) not pushy at all. I have dropped in on a couple other groups in the area which offer good rides as well but some of the others take themselves too seriously. The Featherpedals offer a nice experience for both novice and more experienced riders alike. They offer two types of rides, the Classic and Challenge routes. I opted for the challenge route because, as you know (if you read my blog) that I like Mt. Diablo. The route started off from Draggers market, in Danville, Ca and then took a right out the parking lot on to Blackhawk road towards Mt. Diablo. Today, the weather conditions where not bad overall. The morning temperature was good (50 to 55 degrees) with visibility not so good on the Mountain. It was nice to be above the cloud line and get some sun at the Ranger Junction though. On the trip down the mountain there was so much moisture in the air (but not in rain form), that my arms were literally soaked with water. Lots of wet spots on the road, so on the way down max speed was tapped out at 25mph. I don't like wet spots, (especially on the turns) there have been far too many occasions were I have fish tailed or oversteared and almost slid right of the road. It seems to happen to me exclusively in bad weather (fog, rain, ice) or bad road conditions. After we were off the mountain and back on the classic route of the ride, ride conditions improved dramatically.
There was a gentleman named Peter (seemed to me to be a very experienced rider) that I followed for a good portion of the ride. He took some nice action pictures while we were riding, he  even caught a picture of a coyote. I wish I could do that,  I do not have the coordination to take action shots like that (while on a moving BIKE),  Kudos and thanks to Peter for the pictures!

The rest of a ride seemed much easier compared to the Mt. portion but  was very nice, Danville-San Ramon Valley Blvd has been in recent years a well paved road with a nice long fast stretch. It is easy to average 18-20mph, especially within a group on that road.
This was a great ride, offering a lot of different terrain, inclines, declines and flats (gotta love the east bay) . Many of the Featherpedalist have lunch together after the group event. The only hard thing about eating a nice lunch after a ride is if you rode to the meeting point at the start. Riding a bike home after on a full stomach uphill is... lets just say it's meh. It sounds like they may even have more fun after the ride than during. I’ll have to meet up with them after for a bite in the future, maybe I'll drive my car to the meeting spot instead.

By John Behring

Partial Mt. Diablo Ride Today

I did a Mt. Diablo ride on my bike today, started around 9:45am. It took me 38:53 to get from the Athenian soccer field to the North Gate/South Gate junction. Time wise, I think this is eh, it was a little cold and a little windy, plus I went solo. I have to start somewhere I guess. It was still nice to get out of the house though.

By John Behring