Climbing for fun…

Thanksgiving doesn’t come without a price.

7% grades feel like 10% both ways. Slower up. Faster down. 

But, hey, when it’s this nice outside, I almost feel like firing up another pot of mashed potatoes to keep a nice winter coat going.

Well, maybe not.

Here are two windows into a December San Diego afternoon, climbing to Ramona, California, then descending. This is the same route (Scripps Poway Parkway to Highway 67) where Santa Ana winds pushed me over 50 mph a few weeks ago. Today, just 70ish and slight breeze.

Apologies for the photo quality. Taken with 2MP iPhone camera. 

Tomorrow, it’s dawn patrol to San Clemente and back. The route is among  the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the state. Bonus: Camp Pendleton, where you might see a few Marines, tanks and helicopters.

 

At the base of the climb. Nice wide roadway with bike lane

At the base of the climb. Nice wide roadway with bike lane

 

And down the hill we go. Sign says watch brakes

And down the hill we go. Pacific Ocean off in distance, sun dipping

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