Thursday, January 12, 2012

Credit Card Tour of the Sierra January!

Folks, it's been a very mild January here in California. No rain or atmospheric moisture to speak of since December 30, 2011. Last year was a huge rain and snow year, so no drought.

But, weird.

Right after New Year's, it started to warm up. It's been in the 60s every day, beautiful early fall weather. In January.

The only snow in the Sierra is the snow they've been making. Cosmetic surgery for snow...

The local riding has been great. Traversing the ridge with no worries about cold on the other side. La problem! No frozen fingers and toes on the descent.

So when this tour came up last week, a chance to tour the Sierra foothills in January with other riders - oh yes, I took it. The forecast looks good! So far:
* the hostel reservation in San Francisco
*the train ticket from San Francisco to Merced, then back from Turlock-Denair to Jack London Square (all San Joaquin) and thence to Santa Clara (Capitol Corridor)
All hail the AAA discount!
* the reservation at the hostel at Midpines
* the reservation at the Jeffery Hotel in Coulterville
* countless coordination messages with the NorCal Bicycle Touring and Camping Meetup group

The plan is to spend the night in SF, ride the Amtrak bus/train to Merced, then bike to Merced the first night. Then Coulterville. Then back to Turlock-Denair for the train home on Monday. Never been to these places - should be great!

Last night, Danny installed the Tubus Fly rack on the Waterford. The rack is an old friend; the bike is a new one. Very key, the shakedown cruise today: Stevens Canyon to Mt. Eden to Pierce. My back, for some reason, is really cranky. I mean medically cranky. I'm ignoring it, hoping it will behave for the concert tomorrow night and the tour the following morning. But all is well with the bike and its gear.

After all, the hostel in Midpines has a hot tub!

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