15 riders (19 total riders) started from the world famous Borradori Garage on the north end of Cayucos. Thanks to Dan Borradori who granted us permission to park there.
The weather was chilly (56 degrees) and misty when we started. Most of us that are from Bakersfield were freezing out tushes off until we got down the road a piece. By Harmony we were all warmed up and were firing on all cylinders.
The group split along speed lines as expected but we were stopping at Shamel Park in Cambria to pick up riders that were going shorter (46 miles vs 75). Three riders had already left early because they were slower and didn’t want to hold up the group. Bruce Barret was the single rider left to pick up. He was enthusiastic for the ride so after necessary breaks, we were off and flying.
Jenni Cothern has been riding strongly from the start, had overshot Shamel Park by about a mile and had returned as we were pulling out. She was off again and pulling strong. The only person ahead of her, besides the 3 that left early, was Bevie Butterfly. She decided not to stop as she was on a quest for her first Century and suffers quickly from Lactic Acid buildup.
I had to put my e-bike into sport mode to catch up to Jenni and then went looking for Bevie but she wasn’t to be seen. Mark Nessia came up behind me and we rolled along together for a while at a lower pace which allowed the fast group, led by Carl, followed by John Hoffman, Dave, Randy Garrett and Jeremy Cable, to pass and pull away. Mark joined and hung with them.
I yo-yo’ed up and down the line of riders insuring all was well. Everyone seemed to loving the scenery and the cool weather.
We passed the Elephant Seal viewing area, the Piedras Blancas Light House, San Simeon, and a lot of gorgeous scenery before arriving in Ragged Point. Some were caught by surprise by the hill you climb getting into Ragged Point. The road was closed north of Ragged Point which made the ride nicer and a lot safer.
The 3 riders that had left Cambria earlier were there (Susan, Christina, and Cynthia). Some of the riders didn’t want to eat so they headed out. The rest of us ate a quick bite and enjoyed the fellowship before climbing on our bikes and heading off to return to Cambria and Cayucos.
We had a fairly consistent side wind on the way back that slowed us down just a bit. Again the group split into speed groups and rode their own pace, stopping as scenery or other items caught their attention. I rode with Mark and Kerry for a while and was trying to help Mark keep his 18mph average, but the wind got the best of him. I dropped him off at the entrance to Shamel and rode a little ways back to join up with Kerry, Veronica (boy was she ever strong), Craig, Milton, and others. Veronica had never been on Moostone so Kerry took her to Shamel Park that way.
Quick stop at Shamel and we were off to Cayucos. Carl, Bevie, Joey, Jenni, Adam, and Jeremy all made a century out of the ride. It was Bevie and Jenni’s first! Congratulations to the both of them.
After the goup arrived in Cayucos and met up with Car, we decided to go to Duckies (55 Cayucos Drive, Cayucos CA) for food. Veronica and Bruce said it was delicious shrimp tacos and excellent red or white clam chowder. Kerry wanted to try another place she claimed was excellent also, but opted to try Duckies. We’ll try that other one next time!
It was a great group and a great ride. Thanks to all that made the drive to participate.