Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Vallejo-Benicia-Martinez-Crockett Loop!

4 cities - 2 bridges

I did not think this trip would be equivalent to the Vallejo-Benicia-Fairfield Loop.  But this ride turned out to be a good challenging ride!  Riding to Martinez was pretty flat.  I got to Martinez and started to go on the Carquinez Scenic Road.  The road is windy and pretty deserted with no cars.  I passed a gate that closes after 5PM.  The roads then seemed unused with a lot of cracks weeds growing on the side.  I approached a 15 feet area where I had to ride on wet dirt next to a cliff.  The roads were wet due to the past rain and shaded area.  The roads then became hilly which gave me a good challenge to keep a steady cadence.  I really liked the terrain because there was some fast downhills then steep uphill climbs. It gave me something different to constant flat then uphill climbs.  Crockett to Vallejo was bearable.  My legs still wanted to go further.

I can't wait to ride this trip on a day where the road is dry.  Now I have a muddy road bike:(

Bike ride-view of vallejo and the strait on Twitpic

My bike ride-view of benicia on Twitpic

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Vallejo-Benicia-Fairfield/Cordelia Loop!

I thought this trip was going to be longer.  I rode my bike at 3PM knowing I have to get home before 5:30PM or else it is gonna be dark.  Riding to Benicia was easy due to all the down hill terrain on Colombus.  Going to Fairfield from Benicia was actually a struggle because of the headwinds.  I wish I had someone riding with me so we could draft each other throughout the way. Cordelia to Vallejo was pretty gruesome due to the hills on McGary road.  Blasting from the top of the lookout to Vallejo was fun.  I was on my brakes because that hill is just steep.  I rode through Ascot and down on Redwood to avoid all the cars on Adml. Callaghan.  I enjoyed the trip and hope to add more miles to this trip by going to Fairfield.