Honolulu For Lunch (Long)

Distance: 64- miles and 2500 feet of elevation gain (barometric)

Today the long and the medium routes stay together for the first 31 miles as they take a somewhat circuitous route to Montrose. They start by heading over to the Rio Hondo bike trail and take that northeast. They then head back west to the Rose Bowl area and then up Descanso to Montrose. Here the two routes split. While the medium stops for lunch in Montrose, this long continues through Montrose and on up to the top of La Tuna Canyon (the high point on the profile below). Then it’s the 4 mile downhill down to Glenoaks Blvd. The long rides Glenoaks back east through Burbank, Glendale and Eagle Rock, stopping for lunch along the way. It’s a short climb back up to South Pasadena and then back to the start. Although the profile below makes it appear there is one large climb, this is mostly a long gradual grade and it is the only the last portion to the top of La Tuna which is somewhat steep.  The climb up Colorado near the end of the route is also somewhat steep, but not very long. 

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