Mid-Week Rides: Lost

WWWobble writes:

Another MidWeek Ride, in fine MWR style. Riders assemble at the WWWobble encampment and depart on schedule. We meet Ran Bush at Valero’s busiest station, and arrive at JD’s Restaurant in a gaggle of U-turns and confusion. JD’s is closed Tuesdays. Is it Tuesday already? Yes it is. Plan B is Baker’s Square, conveniently located down the street. We sit at a group table set for Health Net figuring we will eat healthy and send them the bill. Health Net cancels, so we pay our own way and eat what we damn well feel like.

Time to Ride! WWWobble leads along Redwood Road with view of the Upper San Leandro Reservoir. We ride thru a lovely park and connect with Skyline Blvd. The ride is going well. Skyline twists around providing close up views of quaint $Zillion dollar homes perched upon the hillside with the entire SF Bay Area as a backdrop. Say, are we still on Skyline? Road signs appear, well, missing. Could we be on Redwood? Or maybe Juaquin Miller? We confer. A discarded copy of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden lies next to a bush. We continue to confer.

The Captain says we’re still on Skyline. WWWobble wobbles. Since the Captain is the usual leader, and says it is Skyline we follow him and it goes over Highway 24 (this is good) and down the hill (this is not good). It is Skyline, it is not going where we want, and it is not going where the map (1981 edition) says it goes. A WendyPunk is called for, error charged to, well, no consensus. Back along the twisty road with $Zillion dollar homes and WWWobble, leading again, craftily turns on some little road that crosses Hwy 24 (this is good) and goes up the hill (this is also good). We come to a stop sign with choices (this is not good). WWWobble ponders the unsolvable. Go left? Go right? Stay straight? Ran Bush comes to the rescue. “You want Wildcat Canyon, then stay straight!” WWWobble futzes with the clutch long enough for Ran to pull into the lead. YES! The Bushman finds Wildcat Canyon, and the rest of the group is relieved – because that’s what they did with themselves at the side of the road on Wildcat Canyon. No flower is safe.

Back on Plan, we circle the San Pablo Reservoir and cut through the Alhambra Valley to Freeway 4 which speeds us to a rest stop near Clayton in a large parking lot. The official MugWump Photographer refuses to take a group shot in front of an abandoned Albertsons. Artists can be tempermental. Rich is excited by the prospect of turning the property into a combination bowling alley, B&B, and MWR clubhouse. Eric, new to the MWR walks across the lot for a coke.

Now for serious riding. Over Hecker Pass [editor’s note: Hecker Pass goes from Silicon Valley to the Monterey Peninsula; just how lost was this group?], Left on Marsh Right on Marsh, whatever, then south to BANG and BOUNCE along Morgan Territory Road, cross Livermore, and arrive Sunol for a late lunch. Now for serious riding. Calveras pavement decent, it only looked slippery.

And FINALLY Zunkel gets to do the road this ride was called for. He’s a patient man. Felter and Sierra Roads offer another stunning panorama of the South Bay, and, yes, it does look like an old Conestoga Wagon sitting off in a field.

So ends the official ride. No drops. No crashes. No tickets. One unresolved WendyPunk. Many laughs. Good Ride!

At that price, get a pie to throw

At that price, get a pie to throw

At that price, get a pie to throw
The group

The group

The group
Mr map says: this way

Mr map says: this way

Mr map says: this way
Tour Guide

Tour Guide

Tour Guide
The road goes where?

The road goes where?

The road goes where?
Really, really lost

Really, really lost

Really, really lost
Lost, again

Lost, again

Lost, again
Zunkel deals with a customer;  Al looks for work

Zunkel deals with a customer; Al looks for work

Zunkel deals with a customer; Al looks for work
6th Gear can't escape

6th Gear can’t escape

6th Gear can’t escape
Al at Lunch

Al at Lunch

Al at Lunch
Brake Check Sierra Rd

Brake Check Sierra Rd

Brake Check Sierra Rd
Calaveras Rd

Calaveras Rd

Calaveras Rd
Check that Oil Level

Check that Oil Level

Check that Oil Level
Clear Tracks Dick

Clear Tracks Dick

Clear Tracks Dick
Cute Shoulder

Cute Shoulder

Cute Shoulder
Dwtn Oakland

Dwtn Oakland

Dwtn Oakland
Dwtwn Pics Here

Dwtwn Pics Here

Dwtwn Pics Here
East Bay Parks

East Bay Parks

East Bay Parks
Few Sweepers

Few Sweepers

Few Sweepers
Forget Straightaways

Forget Straightaways

Forget Straightaways
GG Bridge UR

GG Bridge UR

GG Bridge UR
Gonna Rain Soon

Gonna Rain Soon

Gonna Rain Soon
High Morgan Territory

High Morgan Territory

High Morgan Territory
Hint of Blue Sky

Hint of Blue Sky

Hint of Blue Sky
Lean Into It

Lean Into It

Lean Into It
Livermore in Distance

Livermore in Distance

Livermore in Distance
Major Sweeps

Major Sweeps

Major Sweeps
Marsh Creek Rd

Marsh Creek Rd

Marsh Creek Rd
On Morgan Territory Rd

On Morgan Territory Rd

On Morgan Territory Rd
Over San Jose

Over San Jose

Over San Jose
Rain Threatened

Rain Threatened

Rain Threatened
SF Frm Berkeley Hills

SF Frm Berkeley Hills

SF Frm Berkeley Hills
Sierra Road Gang

Sierra Road Gang

Sierra Road Gang
Sillicon Valley

Sillicon Valley

Sillicon Valley
Slug'n Company

Slug’n Company

Slug’n Company
Tele SF

Tele SF

Tele SF
Watch the Road

Watch the Road

Watch the Road
The boys relax at another fine establishment

The boys relax at another fine establishment

The boys relax at another fine establishment