Bay Area Bike Rides by Ray Hosler

2010 Weekly Home Page Pictures

summit road rain
Rain on Summit Road. I didn't find edible fungi, but I found plenty of
rain at the alpaca ranch. (December 4, 2010).

elena road
Los Altos Hills. On a cold day when you're not riding much, Elena
Road offers a great escape into the hills. (November 28, 2010).

alpacas summit road
Alpacas. They live on Summit Road about 2 miles north of Hwy 17.
How about alpaca jerseys? (November 14, 2010).

henry coe
Henry Coe State Park offered wet roads and rain, in advance of the
Sunday storm. (November 6, 2010).

tom sullivan
Halloween ride. Stopped to see Tom Sullivan in Santa Cruz. If you're
looking for rare or used parts, send him an email. (October 31, 2010).

east palo alto baylands
Looks like a new bridge at Runnymede and the Palo Alto Baylands
path. Use the East Palo Alto Garden Street path. Also, the Alameda
Creek Path is closed at Ardenwood Blvd. for levee improvement.
(October 24, 2010).

mary bridge
Mary Avenue bridge in Sunnyvale-Cupertino lights up at night like
the Golden Gate Bridge. While $14M is too much for a bridge of this
kind, at least it's going toward bicycle/pedestrian amenities.

brian flat
Talk about bad luck. Brian suffers a snake-bite flat and two pin holes
on both tires. (October 10, 2010).

gazos creek road sandstone
A favorite spot on Gazos Creek Road - sandstone roadbed.
(October 3, 2010).

brian trail work
Brian removes branches on the trail, somewhere in the Santa Cruz
Mountains. (Sept. 26, 2010)

Alum Rock Park overlook with a view toward San Jose.
(September 18, 2010).

A tarantula crawls across Clayton Road on Mt. Hamilton. It's that time
of the year. (September 18, 2010)

pebble beach sept10
One of my favorite stops is Pebble Beach. Check out the pebbles and
listen to their captivating sound as the ocean rushes in.
(Sept. 12, 2010)

mtn charlie summit weekly
After some 17% grades, the Mtn. Charlie Road summit is a welcome
relief. Just beyond this point there's a spring, used by motorists in the
1920s to fill their car radiators. (Sept. 12, 2010)

willow springs road
It's steeper on the Willow Springs Road east climb. A rider nears the
summit. (September 5, 2010)

san antonio valley august
Flowers give the countryside a yellow tinge in San Antonio Valley.
Could there have been better weather on this day? Beware the climb
up the backside of Mt. Hamilton. It's 4.4 miles of 11-15 percent.
(August 29, 2010)

forney museum
Forney Transportation Museum in Denver has quite a
collection. The early 1900s direct-drive chainless is a beauty, even if it
isn't all that practical. More photos (August 22, 2010)

skyline highpoint
Skyline Boulevard highpoint. At 3,100 feet, this paddle marks the
highpoint of the road, about three miles southwest of Saratoga
Gap. (August 1, 2010)

portola state park
Bridge over Pescadero Creek. At a remote section of Portola State Park,
on the road used to access the Haul Road, there's finally a new bridge
over Pescadero Creek. (August 14, 2010)

alpine road panorama small
Another foggy day in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Alpine Road. It
was 54 degrees on Skyline at midmorning. (August 8, 2010)

toll road
Saratoga Toll Road. Located at Skyline Blvd. and Hwy 9, this hiking trail
started out as a toll road in 1870. Santa Cruz County bought the road in
1891, but abandoned it 27 years later with the opening of Hwy 9 in
1916 (paved around 1927), to access Big Basin State Park.  (July 26, 2010)

san francisco howard street
San Francisco. Not rush hour on Howard Street near the Moscone
Center. I write about commute options to the business district in my
July 25 blog.  (July 24, 2010)

terminator stage road
Terminator was sold and moved from Willowside Farm on Stage Road
to a house on Hwy 84, near Bear Gulch Road. June 28, 2010

mt. eden road
Eden never looked so good. Mt. Eden Road and Stevens Canyon Road
merge here. Nice day for riding, but a bit humid. Photo stitched.
(June 3, 2010)

mastadon pescadero road
Someone has a sense of humor on Pescadero Road (at Native Sons Rd.),
a couple miles inland from the town of Pescadero. This mastodon is
joined by a triceratops. We lost the Terminator on Stage Road, so
at least we have something unique nearby. (May 19, 2010)

skyline half moon bay
It looks nice...but. You'll be facing strong side winds and heavy traffic
on narrow roads if you try riding down Skyline to Hwy 92 and into Half
Moon Bay. I appreciate the widening of 92 on the descent but the
road in the flats hasn't been widened since it was built. (May 12, 2010)

old la honda summit
Perhaps the most popular climb on the Peninsula, Old LaHonda Road
climbs from Portola Valley to Skyline Blvd in 3.4 miles. (May 8, 2010)

north escape road
Big Basin State Park. N. Escape Road heads off Hwy 236 to park
headquarters. Right now it has a lot of debris, but it's an interesting
alternative. It was windy and cool on Skyline, but temps warmed up in
Boulder Creek. (May 6, 2010)

park hq big bason
Big Basin State Park headquarters. Check out the tree ring trunk
next to the building. Nice history of an ancient redwood. (May 6, 2010)

willow springs west
Willow Springs Road. Here's an easy climb from Oak Glen Avenue over
to Hale Avenue near Morgan Hill. View is near the summit from Oak
Glen side. (May 4, 2010)

box turtle
Life in the Slow Lane. On my Mt. Hamilton ride, while riding on Mines
Road, I came across this box turtle. I've never seen one in the wild.
I picked it up and moved it off the road to safety. (May 1, 2010)

san antonio valley may
San Antonio Valley. It doesn't get much better than this for
wildflowers. The backside of Mt. Hamilton was a riot of color. (May 1, 2010)

pebble beach ocean
OK, it's not THE Pebble Beach, but Bean Hollow State Park on Hwy 1
just south of Pescadero. Here's where you find the tiny pebbles,
behind the sign on the beach. You'll hear a hissing sound when the
water washes over them. (April 24, 2010)

mt. madonna road
Mt. Madonna Road. This is the dirt section from the summit heading
east to Gilroy. It's a hustle of a climb, with a few stretches of 16
percent. (April 16, 2010)

airport parking
San Jose Airport. Nice looking parking garage. (April 16, 2010)

woodside fire department
Woodside Fire Station. I couldn't fit my bike into the photo, but it's
there against the fence. Makes you want to tiptoe. (April 13, 2010)

old santa cruz hwy
Old Santa Cruz Hwy. On another dreary weekend for riding it was
tough to stay dry at higher altitudes. I can beat the weather now with
weekday rides, something I've been looking forward to. (April 10, 2010)

san antonio valley march
Blooming San Antonio Valley. Wildflower season is upon us. With ideal
weather, the Mt. Hamilton ride does not get any better than this. But
where are the riders? I saw a handful riding up the back side, nobody
at San Antonio Junction, which is closed Easter Sunday. (March 28, 2010)

mt. umunhum
Loop ride. Once in a while I take a dirt road to complete a loop ride in
the Santa Cruz Mountains.  (March 21, 2010)

surfer monument
Get ready to surf. It's what the locals do. I just stop by to watch and
check out the lighthouse when I visit. A nice day for riding.
(March 14, 2010)

mtn charlie road
Get ready to suffer. Mtn Charlie Road on the Los Gatos side isn't all
that bad, with a section of 15 percent, then it eases up on the way to
Summit Road and Hwy 17. (March 7, 2010)

mt. hamilton summit view
Railing about railing. It used to look this way. The Mt. Hamilton summit
observatory parking lot is 4,213 ft. Closer this time. (February 28, 2010)

hernandez road los gatos
A nice diversion in Los Gatos is Hernandez Avenue, west of downtown.
Climb Pennsylvania Avenue. The road picks up Ridgecrest to
Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd. (February 20, 2010)

page mill road summit
Page Mill Road at Skyline Blvd. You may ask, why does Page Mill Rd.
change name to Alpine Road? It doesn't. Page Mill Road was
abandoned on the ocean side, but it's still there and may one day be
open to the public as an MROSD trail, but not in my lifetime.
(February 14, 2010)

fish ladder
Fish Ladder at Arastradero and Alpine roads. Steel-head trout in
Los Trancos Creek like it and so will Stanford golfers. Improved
water flow benefits Felt Lake, whose water goes to the golf course
and Stanford grounds. (February 7, 2010)

rancho san antonio
Return to Riding. Not exactly an easy ride through Rancho San Antonio
Park, Chamise Trail to Mora Drive offers a 17 percent grade.
(January 23, 2010)