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The board of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is expected to approve a $4.2 million plan for parking, trails, restrooms, interpretive signs and other features on the top of the mountain; a grand opening for the public is scheduled for October 2016.
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Yay!  We'll have to climb it on opening day ;-)
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Heads up for Saturday 8/29: Our starting location changes and we'll be riding over the mountains to Santa Cruz and back!  Less distance than last week, but more climbing.

There are a few good Bonus options as well: http://ridewithgps.com/events/Santa-Cruz

A Google+ event invite will go out later this week after we're sure the route is good to go.
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What a great Calaveras ride over the weekend. Despite the additional distance and climbing, It felt a lot easier than our Freewheelin' bayway from the week before thanks to the temperature being a lot cooler!

Weather matters. Riding Waves to Wine itself over the years I've seen it all, from super hot (2010) to a morning rainstorm turning into ideal non-rain moderate temperatures the rest of the day (2013). I personally prefer everything that is not super hot.
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Here's the Event for this weekend: We ride East to do Calaveras road! 5 miles longer than last week and another 800 feet of climbing. Thankfully the weather does not look like it will be nearly as hot as last week.

- The trail over to niles canyon has a lot of tree root under pavement bumps.  Call them out to others.
- Niles canyon has traffic and no shoulder.  Claim the lane as needed, especially for the bridges and tunnels.  Everyone needs to ride single file in there.
- It can get hot out there. Be prepared.
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The videos are up for the San Jose Public Library's Teen Book Trailer Contest.  Watch them and vote for one! (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZYDXZ5F)  How long have book trailers promoting libraries been a thing? I love the concept. Creative. Wildly different styles.

Disclaimer: My nephew stars in one...
It is time to vote! View the 2015 Teen Book Trailer Contest entries and vote for your favorite. Voting will be open from August 4 through August 21. The top three winners will be contacted and announced the last week in August. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the ...
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I love book trailers.
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We now have a Ride with GPS club!  Come sign up!

http://ridewithgps.com/clubs/22-team-google-friends

If you don't already have one, create yourself a ridewithgps account. Open that URL and you can click JOIN to add yourself to the club.

The club account provides features that are normally subscriber only to all club members for routes that are part of the club. ie: Everyone who clicks join can all use the ridewithgps app for offline maps, turn by turn navigation and live logging as well as printing out decent cue sheets.  Enjoy!
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Woot! Now I can cancel my monthly plan. Thanks Greg for doing this for us!
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All in a morning's pre-work ride up Page Mill Road.
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Anyone have any idea what this thing wrapped around the hub between the rear brake and spokes is? It appears to be attached to a spring like thing (silver wire clip) as well.

As seen yesterday while helping +Rupesh Kapoor fix a rear flat (caused by a large nail sized splinter of wood).
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Its a bad idea.
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Miles:  46 mi (bonus: fast climbers can do a repeat climb)
Elevation: 3386 ft
Route Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9192169

Note the NEW EARLIER TIME - we're rolling out by 8:30am, be there earlier.

It's time for OLD LA HONDA! Same distance as recent weeks, BUT ... now we have our first massive climb! 3.6 miles of 7% grade = 1340 feet up in the air through the redwoods. And then (after a rest!) we're just going to turn around and do the west side too (the full "figure 8")! Another 2.7 miles of climbing, but that side averages only 4% grade.

If you've never seen Old La Honda and wondered why it's so famous with cyclists... after this Saturday you will definitely understand. Don't let the climb intimidate you: there's no rush, so just take it easy.

OVERVIEW:
    0 - start 
  11 - starbucks stop 
  20 - skywood trading post stop - WATER is OUTSIDE at a spigot to the left of the entrance. (don't ask to fill up in the store, but feel free to buy calories!)
  27 - (we come past the trading post again, if you need it) 
  35 - roberts market stop (optional lunch - sandwich counter)
  46 - end

After this ride we will revert to some flatter, longer rides for a couple weeks before really bringing the pain back.

Transit and parking info: Be at Google Building QD3 Pool on Saturday at 8:15 am, ready for 8:30am rideout.

Be sure to join our ridewithgps club if you want to use their phone app for live navigation along the route. - http://ridewithgps.com/clubs/22-team-google-friends

Strong climbers who want a bonus: When you reach the top, ride back down to our last rider and ride back up with them!
W2W 06: Old La Honda
Sat, August 8, 8:15 AM PDT
Google Bldg QD3

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THRASHED BY A LADY CYCLIST who is noted for her athletic powers.

_"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, _using her fists in a scientific fashion..."

#ScientificFists
#ForScience
#UsingHerFistsInAScientificFashion

H/T +Charles Moore
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beware of folks who use their fists in sciebtific fashion ...
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