Not all of my cycling is commuting. I commute by bike because it’s fun, but I also put some good miles in just for the fun of it. Today, my fun was riding up Mountain Charlie Road to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains, elevation around 2,000 feet. It took me about an hour to go the 10 miles to the top, and then it took me 10 minutes to zoom the five miles down Old Santa Cruz Highway to Lexington Reservoir. Just for the fun of it, I continued a little while on Los Gatos Creek Trail, popped out on Campbell Avenue and just cruised around on surface streets until I ended up in San Jose.
You couldn’t ask for better weather. It was probably in the 40s when I left this morning, but by the time I reached the summit it was easily in the 60s. Sunny blue skies, no wind, and mild temperatures meant there were hundreds out cycling on the mountain roads and hundreds more cycling, walking, jogging and meandering on the paths. As long as you adjust your expectations and don’t get in a hurry the paths are fine. If I want to go fast, I know to hit the road.
I’m a little sore now, but it’s a good kind of sore. I’ll sleep well tonight.
Don’t forgot that by the time you read this on Sunday or Monday that you’ve lost an hour if you live in the United States in areas that observe Daylight Savings Time. I have some pointers to bike computer manuals here, though it probably needs to be updated.