More hills and a nice surprise

The early morning was filled with honey-do’s I had to get out of the way, and once done I had enough time to get a ride in. I decided to repeat the Fernwood Canyon ride (here is the Garmin Data) or if you rather read the ride description go here. I really enjoy this ride, because it is a good challenge without totally beating me up.

Looking back towards Santa Monica in the far distance

Looking back towards Santa Monica in the far distance

The weather was perfect, the ride up the mountain beautiful and uneventful. I used Los Flores to join Pacific Coast Highway and was puzzled by the number of riders on the road. After asking permission I hooked up with a group of 12 Amgen riders and learned that this was their last leg of the California Coastal Classic Ride, which started on Oct. 3rd in San Francisco. The guys and gals knew that they were close and the peloton flew down PCH – fun! They were headed towards the Yahoo Center and at the bottom of West Channel road I bid them farewell. A short climb up West Channel got me to Ocean and San Vicente were I was greeted by a sea of USO rider. As it turned out there were some 180 riders staged and ready to roll up San Vicente. Veterans on Harley’s were out in force to block all intersection, police as the lead and fire as the rear escort.

What are the odds to join up with another SF to LA ride? This one was the Ride 2 Recovery Golden State Challenge, which left SF on Oct 4th. A couple of guys invited me to bring up the rear with them which I gladly did. I was told that more than 100 riders in this group were injured veterans, with one form of disability or another. When they were less than 500 yards from the finish I quietly exited left, after all this ride was their challenge and it is theirs to bask in the glory of the finish. What a great bunch of people and I am so grateful for their services!!

USO riders as far as my iPhone can see

USO riders as far as my iPhone can see

A helping hand is always appreciated, last hill, last push!

A helping hand is always appreciated, last hill, last push!

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One Response to More hills and a nice surprise

  1. jeff says:

    Great ride and great company!

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