Talked a lot about next weekend's Wine Country Century.
Still a little sore from my 20+ mile mountain bike ride home from work on Thursday (including a stop for a quick 5 mile run in Briones), and then return on Friday with the road bike.
Took it rather easy at the onset.
Stayed with Milt and Mickey for a while, and then left them just before Bear Creek Rd.
Waited at San Pablo Dam Rd. where we finally left them for good.
They finished a loop back through Orinda and Lafayette, while Vince and I explored a new route to the top of the Oakland Ridge. 100 yards or so on a singular stretch of dirt road concerned me, but not as much as the abrupt climbs in the next couple of miles. Very steep.
Wind breaker on. Wind breaker off. ...all along the Oakland ridge. We would descend long enough to need it, put it on, and then sweat up the next climb. Once we came out of the hills, we were able to stash them for good.
Water stop at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.
We followed basically the same route as my century last week, but skipped the mountain to get home on time.
Led a spectacular tail wind from San Ramone to home. No complaints.
Total of 75.8 miles.