Monday, May 7, 2012

Mount Madonna and Corralitos

Yesterday I took a long ride for a sausage sandwich.

View Mount Madonna and Corralitos in a larger map

I started out just before 10, once it became warm enough to just wear a short-sleeved jersey.

I went south on McKean, then Uvas road to 152, the Hecker Pass Highway. I rode up that skinny shoulder once again, up to its peak near 1300 feet. I then took the ridiculously steep Pole Line Road into Mount Madonna park.

Mount Madonna Park

I went down the south side of Mount Madonna Road to Hazell Dell, then took that around to Corralitos. As usual the place was busy, with very little parking available, but strangely the meat counter and picnic tables were mostly empty.

After lunch I returned on Eureka Canyon Road. I was struggling with allergies, and for the first time in quite a while I returned on Blossom Hill Road rather than Kennedy or Shannon.

Elevation profile
This ride was 76 miles, with almost 5000 feet of climbing. The most difficult kilometer was the first part of Pole Line Road, but despite the very steep pitches the whole KM came in at just 7%. The ride was much more draining than my recent rides, possibly because it was a little warmer and possibly because of the allergies.

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