+1 to this being a great route. Thanks to Murph for leading. I'd happily ride this again, especially when I gain some climbing form (another longer than 200 meters and/or 5% grade is killing me right now).
I was disappointed by the traffic on Foothill. Pleasanton has grown South since I first started riding this/similar routes and there is more housing along the Northern part of Foothill, and 680 is more congested. You saw how traffic was backed up at the intersection just outside Sunol - that is people who have been on 680 who are now going to take 84 down Niles Canyon to Fremont. Since 680 backs up and the 84 exit off 680 backs up real bad, the Pleasantonians are now using Foothill as a "back road" to 84. There is a parallel road called "Pleasanton-Sunol" on the Southern half of Foothill, I've never ridden it. Rather than testing it out I'll ask around. Of course, last time there was substantially less traffic - could be that 680 was particularly screwed up and we got bailout traffic.
Foothill used to really be the bomb - no traffic at all. Of course I usually rode it at 10 AM on a Saturday, not 7:45 AM on a weekday.
But from the gravel pits to Felter Road I counted 1 car and 2 non-SF2G cyclists in 10 miles or so. Word.
Meet at 24th/Mission BART by ~6:10, to get on the Dublin/Pleasanton train departing at 6:15. Arrives Dublin at 7:07. Caffeinate/feed beforehand - no eating/drinking on BART - take a nap or watch the Sunrise.
Route is BART->(R)Owens->(L)Hopyard->(R)Las Positas->(L)Foothill- >(L)Kilkare->(L)Main->(L)84-SINGLEFILE->(S)Calaveras->Regroup at top of 1.5 mile climb->(S)Calaveras->(R)Calaveras at Felter-Fast Descent- >(R)Evans-becomes Jacklin->(R)Milpitas->(L)Dixon Landing- cross 880- >(L)Sidewalk of McCarthy=BikePath->(L)Zanker-cross237->(R)Holger- >(R)First-cross 237->(L)Gold->(R)Bike Path just past Gold Connector- >(R)Carribean-(R)Levee Trail = Dirt->(L)Bay Trail - whip U-turn after gate then left on Bay Trail Keep following fire road like trail to gate then left on Steven's Creek Trail->(R) Crittenden->(L)Shoreline- >(R)Ampitheatre.
If you want to go but don't like dirt roads, you can take San Tomas Creek Trail at Gold to Walsh/Kifer/Evelyn to Steven's Creek Trail to Google.
Last time I had 2:49 elapsed time to Nvidia, Google would be ~3 hours. We rode a brisk pace but waited for a regroup and then fixed a flat. I show 1,669 feet of climbing - for comparison Skyline is more like 2800 feet - this is easier than Skyline because there is a lot less rolling terrain and we actually end up at a lower elevation than we start. The one climb is 2.8 miles but it's a 3.8% grade - very similar to the Skyline climb out of the city. So if we have a mixed group then No- name breakfast will be a stretch, but hey.
The riding is very pleasant. There can be a little traffic on the North half of Foothill and the 84 section is a bit nervy. The Milpitas section has a big ass (TM) bike lane and is more mellow than most of Bayway, except we get to do the 880 overpass which is marked for bikes but always a bit strange. Other than that, it's either long obscure roads with no traffic, or bike paths. Give it a shot.
Alrighty, time for day 2, the legendary, rarely(ever?)-ridden Grande Baywaye®.
Tomorrow's ride is to be led by our own Brett Lider, founder of the Bayway, East Bayway, and Far East Bayway, among others.
The basic idea is to ride as much bayway as possible, including several parts that make the ride longer for scenery's sake. Thus the early departure. Total distance, I would estimate, will be ~55 miles.
I'll let Brett fill in the details, but this will be a fun exploration mission, so try to have clear calendars until at least 10am. the good news is you can bail at many points if you need to get to a meeting, etc.
oh, and MG, we are not going to do MSB/Radio Rd. for the sake of saving legs for wed/thurs, time considerations, and philosophical reasons.
That was sweet - perfect day for it too. Who knew plain ol' bayway could be that epic?
yeah that had some really great parts, good times. the Maxxis Detonators lived up to their names, detonating twice, so they will be retired tonight, thanks for the extra tube Judd.
so that was Joe Gross. fun in parts, right? sucky in others, tons of stops/starts/traffic. the seedy spine of the peninsula, as MG said. the not-as-glorious Route 66 of the peninsula says I... semi-forgotten, lost in time, left by the wayside by the newfangled 101.
anyone take pictures? I forgot... or maybe there were no inspiring vistas, other than the somewhat beautiful cemeteries in colma.
my garmin showed a tranquilo average of 16.4, which isn't bad considering the million signals we stopped at. strava of course differs.