Or the out and back and out and back, out and back ride. I've been in Point Reyes Station 7 years now and can't believe this was the first time I'd done this ride. Done every part of it, but not combined it all. It's basically combining what are typically two rides into one.
What I'm talking about is a ride from Point Reyes Station to Pierce Point to the Point Reyes lighthouse and back to Point Reyes Station. 60 miles and I'm thinking a bit over 6,000' of climbing (remembering it's roughly 3,500' to Pierce Point and back to PRS and about the same to the lighthouse and back to PRS). (edit: That's what I get for thinking. Actual climbing is 4,500'.)
What got me to tackle this ride now? Last Saturday, the Dirty Kanza 200 was held and I keep seeing Facebook postings of guys tackling big miles and I felt like I needed to up my mileage (or more specifically my T.I.T.S - Time In The Saddle) on the days I have more than a couple hours to ride. Last weekend I put in two 4 hour days in a row and between this recent Sunday when I spent 4 hours tackling this Point/Point/Point/Point ride and today's 4 1/2 hours, I'm feeling pretty good on the bike now. Motivation seems to be with me. For now.
The road to Pierce Point
Which was fully encased in fog
Rolling back from Pierce Point
Cows dig it out on the range
The cypress tunnel leading to the RCA building
The understatement of the year
There's a lighthouse down there
And back to Point Reyes Station
All the photos here: http://tinyurl.com/ogkoz57
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