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Byways of Palos Verdes

Saturday, June 16th, 8:00 a.m. 

Start Location: BRENTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – San Vicente & Gretna Green.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & west on Wilshire, R – San Vicente, L  Gretna Green (1 block past Bundy).

For a map and directions to the start, click Start.

Route:  Only Route  – 74 mi – 5300 feet of elevation gain (barometric)

Today’s final inspirational quote comes from an unusual source, but seems apt not only for today’s ride, but for the Grand Tour in general: “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory” – George S. Patton  For me, it has always been the thrill of completing the Grand Tour or a particularly tough trainer that keeps me doing these rides. Of course they are hard and of course there is sometimes pain while you ride, but the exhilaration is worth it when you finish. If you have come this far with the trainers, you should already know this. By tradition, our last trainer is slightly easier than the last few weeks. Not that this is any piece of cake – you do have to keep those muscles supple. The route is one we have used many times in the past as our final trainer. The route heads down to Palos Verdes to do some climbing. Although even the longest climbs to the top of Palos Verdes are no more than about 800 feet of gain, today we will be doing that three times during a single loop around the peninsula. Lunch is after completing the final climb. After lunch, it is a quick ride back north to the start. Congratulations if you have completed most of the trainers. You are now fully trained. I say this every year, and I think it has always proved to be true  if you have done all or most of the training rides, you will have no problem completing the Grand Tour. So accept that challenge and feel the exhilaration of victory.

Revel the Rollies II

Sunday, June 17th, 8:30 a.m.

Start Location: PINE TREE PARK in TUSTIN.  From Santa Ana Frwy (I-5) in Tustin, off & east on Redhill, L- Bryan one block to park.

For a map and directions to the start, click Start.

Routes:

Today we ride a lot of canyons, which I suppose could count as “Rollies” since canyons are usually either going up or going down. The main canyon of the day for both the long and medium routes is Santiago Canyon which does a little of both up and down. The long adds trips through Trabuco Canyon and Live Oak Canyon. We don’t ride them, but we also pass Modjeska Canyon and Silverado Canyon. Canyons generally make for scenic riding and that’s why we like them. Today is no exception. I’ve always thought the ride through Live Oak Canyon is rather nice. The medium route heads fairly directly over to Santiago Canyon while the long makes an extended loop through Trabuco Canyon and Live Oak Canyon first. They meet up at Cook’s Corner and continue together through Santiago Canyon before circling around back to the start. Meanwhile, the short makes an easier tour around southern Orange County with no canyons. So maybe today should be called “Revel the Canyons” but that doesn’t have quite the ring to it and we can’t exactly ask Ruth Barnes, the route’s creator, then change it. 

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