Scott generously offered us his place in Healdsburg to spend the night, so we celebrated the solstice by riding up in Annadel, followed by a dip in the river and a BBQ. Much fun was had! We had some mechanicals on Rough Go (pinch flats, naturally) and some poison oak encounters (none yet resulting in outbreaks, thankfully), but otherwise a great day, with six riders and 5.5 hikers (including Mira in her stroller). We found a fun obstacle, a tailings pile with a bunch of loose shale, that everyone eventually made. Best Biff was won by Mike on Rough Go, though Dragon of course submitted some entries, and even me and Geronimo contributed.
Great food at Scott’s, a beautiful evening of friends and wine, breakfast and sunrise on the river. Life’s good!
We went up to Annadel for our last scouting ride for California MUni Weekend (next weekend! Registration $10 in advance, $20 on site, get signed up now!). Finding: It rocks! And it has rocks, tons of them, all the way up, all the way along the ridge, and all the way down. Should be a really fun ride and a great way to end the weekend (well, not counting the pool party afterwards).
I won Best Biff trying to get up and over a boulder (chest-plant), though Josh tried to beat me by Supermanning over the last rock on the trail.
It should be a great weekend; hope y’all can make it, and thanks to Chris and Josh for helping scout.
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We did a road trip up to Annadel (Santa Rosa) for the first time in a while, and John came down from Sacramento to join us. It’s a long drive either way, but totally worth it, because Annadel is a great park with long, rocky, technical trails. We really beat ourselves up on the uphill technical challenges, Josh rode the scary skinny at the lake, and I managed to beat out Ricardo for best biff. Definitely got reminded that we need to hit this place more often; it’s not any further than Santa Cruz.
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