Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Solanomar finally!

This week we finally managed to take on the challenge of the 'Solanamar' ride, starting in Solana Beach, riding through Rancho Santa Fe and then up through Escondido and then past Lake Wolford and up Mt Palomar.

The flowers had changed again, it was a very warm day by the time we made it up to the mountain and we suffered on the lower slopes.

Our intention was to make it to the observatory, but it was all I could do just to make it to Mothers Kitchen. There's always next week! Tom and DJ made it up there for us!

Unfortunately Dianna was the first to start suffering with a bad knee. I'm hoping she feels better next week. Paul really suffered with the heat but made it to the top of the mountain.

We had a really fun downhill cheering at the Race across America folks going up the mountain, then we started our long slog back to Solana Beach.

Rincon Grade was really stifling and hard work, we struggled up the hill and were really happy to see Rick waiting at the school with snacks.

This rejuvenated us and the heat started to ease off and we got a good clip going past lake wolford. We got to Kit Carson park for more snacks, then could start to 'smell the hay in the barn', which was great. Poor Christine was really suffering by this point and had to call it a day at Del Dios highway.

Wow, what a day!! Congratulations, ACE team!! We were honored to have a new member join us, coach DJ. My totals ended up being 99 miles, 10,000 ft climb.

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