The San Francisco Bay Area will celebrate Bike To Work Day this Thursday, May 10 2012.
BTWD is a pretty big deal around here, and it’s also traditionally my “Avoid Public Transportation Day.” I’m still undecided if I’ll bike “over the hill” to work or if this ends up as a Work From Home day instead. I’ll likely try to catch an early bus to San Jose and, if that fails, I’ll bike over the Santa Cruz Mountains instead.
If somebody would like to join me out of Scotts Valley at 6:30ish I’d be glad to ride over with you. My usual route is Mountain Charlie Road, over the summit to Old Santa Cruz Highway to the Los Gatos Creek Trail. It takes me a full hour to bike the 10 miles to Summit Road from my home in Scotts Valley, and then 15 minutes to travel the 7 miles to the Lexington Reservoir dam.
As I scout out the Energizer Stations map for Silicon Valley, I see slim pickings along my usual “over the hill” route, which takes me down San Tomas Expressway. Barracuda Networks sponsors breakfast on Winchester Avenue a little south of San Tomas; there’s another at the corner of San Tomas and ECR sponsored by The Off Ramp; and nVidia sponsors a breakfast station at their headquarters on San Tomas near Central Expressway. If I have time I might detour to Great American Parkway to check out Yahoo’s Energizer Station.
My Google friend Alex and his hardman friends will likely ride his 50+ mile route from Santa Cruz to Mountain View on Thursday. There’s enough elevation gain on that ride to summit Everest twice.
Wherever I go, I’ll camp out at an Energizer Station somewhere with my camera and maybe even a giveaway, so watch for me.