Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Pigeon Point Ride Weekend
I just had the most amazing weekend.
Saturday morning was pretty cold. Of course, I shouldn't have expected anything less. It is San Francisco, which is normally cold. 10 of us met up at Daly City BART at 9 am to bike down to Pigeon Point Light House: Jeff, Steve, Dave, Bobby, Maureen, Aly, Emily M., Nicole, Lisa and I. Dave, being the great guy that he is, offered to drive SAG for the first half of the ride (from SF to Halfmoon Bay) and I drove SAG from Halfmoon Bay to Pigeon Point. For those of you who don't know what SAG is. I think it means Support and Gear, but some people say it means Supply and Gear...either way, it's a car with all your stuff that keeps driving with you as you ride in case something goes wrong. Which luckily nothing ever did!
So I had told everyone there were 3 hills and they didn't seem that bad. The worst one was only a 4.2% grade. I mean that seemed like nothing, right? Well just to let you know. That is kind of steep! And it was a lot of work. And although I hate to be a a wimp, it was kind of nice knowing I wasn't going to have to ride the whole way down!
So we all made it safely, set up camp and made our beds at the hostel. (Some of us were camping, some of us were staying at a hostel). Then we did the normal camping things...barbecued an awesome dinner, made s'mores, and drank lots of wine and vodka. Oh, except we also went to a bar, watched the Giants kick the Philly's butts, took Woo-Woo shots, and arm wrestled a 12 year old. He beat me and Lisa, but Maureen beat him. Apparently I need more upper body strength.
The next day almost everyone was tired out from the ride down (oh and the fact that I convinced them all it would be fun to do a 3 mile run once we had gotten there). So we got Nic's mom to come pick some people up, and only Steve, Emily M., Dave and I attempted to ride to Halfmoon Bay. I thought the first half of the ride was super hard, but apparently the second half was too! No wonder no one wanted to ride back up.
We got almost to Halfmoon Bay when it really began to pour! So Aly drove ahead to drop off the bikes in Halfmoon Bay at the lunch place and came back to pick us up. Dave and Emily and I had to do situps and pushups on the side of the rode for 20 minutes to keep warm. It was quite hilarious. At one point we were all doing something like a squat where you just sit there and I realized we must look like we are just sitting on the side of the rode in a line peeing! Oh well, we were wet anyway, I guess it wouldn't have matter.
Aly finally came and saved us, and we ended the trip at the Halfmoon Bay Brewery where we drank beer and ate great food. By that time Steve's girlfriend had come down in her car too! So all of us were saved from riding back up Devil's slide in the rain.
It was a great weekend, I just suggest checking the weather ahead of time if you plan to do it!