Mid-Week Rides: Mt Hamilton

A break in the weather. Midweek ride 01/14/10

Dick writes:

Five soggy riders sauntered into the Livermore’s L & M Cafe for a most welcome hot breakfast. “Hey, the Captain said it was to be sunny today!” Above the fog, the sun shined brightly. By the time we finished breakfast, California’s promise revealed itself; the sun! We headed out of Livermore on Livermore Avenue to Mines Road bound for “The Junction” for coffee reinforcement. OK, the Junction was closed, coffee break delayed. The ride through San Antonio Valley was spectacular with green hills greeting us on winding roads. We pulled up at the top of the world, Mount Hamilton. Brett Hansen has been everywhere… everywhere except the top of Mount Hamilton, it was a new entry in his log that stretches half way around the world. It was so clear you could see the Sierra Nevada without the aid of binoculars. It was only mid-day, so where to go, where to go? Mount Uminum? No, Dick and the slash-two had just ridden up Mount Um the day before. Mount Whitney? Too far. We opted for Sierra Road and around the Calaveras reservoir. On the road, the Captain had a coffee withdrawal episode, developed “steering lock” and pulled into Dawn Donut on White Road, where coffee and sugar addicts got their fix. The Midweek Riders usually approach Sierra Road from the north so those of us so familiar with the track weren‘t so sure this was a good idea. It was a good idea; Sierra Road and Calaveras Road have an entirely different look coming from the southwest. We stopped for footbath and discussion before motoring on to the Sunol Water Temple. Despite repeated warnings from the K-100, Captain Chris blew off the CLOSED signs and led us to the temple for a look. No one challenged. At the exit, Chris, Simon, and Eric headed west through Niles Canyon while Dick and Brent opted for I-680. Despite morning fog, the weather was our friend for the day. These midweek rides just get better and better.

view from a K100

view from a K100

view from a K100
mwriders

mwriders

mwriders
artists fodder

artists fodder

artists fodder
footbath and discussion club

footbath and discussion club

footbath and discussion club
The L&M Livermore

The L&M Livermore

The L&M Livermore
Mine Rd

Mine Rd

Mine Rd
Mines Rd Pullout

Mines Rd Pullout

Mines Rd Pullout
Mines Rd Pullout#2

Mines Rd Pullout#2

Mines Rd Pullout#2
Still Mines Rd

Still Mines Rd

Still Mines Rd
Greeing-up

Greeing-up

Greeing-up
Few Straight Sections

Few Straight Sections

Few Straight Sections
Nary Another Soul

Nary Another Soul

Nary Another Soul
Nobody Did 20

Nobody Did 20

Nobody Did 20
Starting a Climb

Starting a Climb

Starting a Climb
Nearing Junction Hse

Nearing Junction Hse

Nearing Junction Hse
Far Low Clouds=Sierra's

Far Low Clouds=Sierra’s

Far Low Clouds=Sierra’s
Low Clouds Distant=Sierras

Low Clouds Distant=Sierras

Low Clouds Distant=Sierras
Serpentine Rd to San Jose

Serpentine Rd to San Jose

Serpentine Rd to San Jose
Dwtn San Jose behind guys

Dwtn San Jose behind guys

Dwtn San Jose behind guys
Dick'n Eric Coming Down

Dick’n Eric Coming Down

Dick’n Eric Coming Down
Dick on Calavaras Rd

Dick on Calavaras Rd

Dick on Calavaras Rd
calaveras

calaveras

calaveras
S end of Bay Just Viewable

S end of Bay Just Viewable

S end of Bay Just Viewable
Dick, Eric & Brent

Dick, Eric & Brent

Dick, Eric & Brent
Sierra Rd

Sierra Rd

Sierra Rd
No straights here

No straights here

No straights here
They Mean It Too

They Mean It Too

They Mean It Too
We're All Here

We’re All Here

We’re All Here
contemplating water

contemplating water

contemplating water
They're Catching Up

They’re Catching Up

They’re Catching Up
Time to Clean Lense

Time to Clean Lense

Time to Clean Lense
Where's Everyone Else

Where’s Everyone Else

Where’s Everyone Else
Sunol Water Temple

Sunol Water Temple

Sunol Water Temple
Dick Wonders Why

Dick Wonders Why

Dick Wonders Why
Simon (L) Brent (R)

Simon (L) Brent (R)

Simon (L) Brent (R)
Water Temple LR distant

Water Temple LR distant

Water Temple LR distant