Tuesday, June 22, 2010

wine country riding

giant dog sculptures in vineyard, near Occidental
Originally uploaded by NadiaMac

saw these cute, giant dogs in a vineyard near Occidental CA as we rode along a small bit of the Terrible Two route. They were really big, but unfortunately not so visible in my cameraphone photo.

On another note, this may not look like much, but this is a gradient profile of Harrison grade, the hill that the BF selected for my second hilly ride after surgery:

Holy cow, no wonder I felt slow and feeble, this thing has extended portions over ten percent, and tops off with a segment of 12.5% (where I must confess I walked, fearing for the integrity of my still-weak-and-wonky knee as I struggled up at a cadence of around 50 rpm). Did I mention that my PT wants me to use low gearing and spin a lot while riding? Heh.

In his defense, he did not know it was that steep!

Luckily, my knee survived the ride, which included lots of rollers and small hills, and it was gorgeous, up in Sonoma, just beautiful riding up there and very low traffic to boot. I look forward to returning soon when I have the fitness and knee-chops to handle more than a 2 hour ride.