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2020/10/14 Biking Los Altos Hills
π 2020-10-14 01:01 in Exercising
Jennifer and I went for a bike ride that was a bit more involved, this time the lock we went to discover was far Los Altos Hills between the freeway and the hills. Lots of up and downs... (actually my GPS said we only did 24 miles in 7h, but we went up 3000ft)

We started by Rancho San Antonio:



a bunch of few turkeys
a bunch of few turkeys

looking for prey
looking for prey

nice colors
nice colors




The hills are hilly, lots of up biking (or walking), with views:




For reasons unknown, we found petrified trees on the side of the road:





More nice views:


did I mention uphill a lot?
did I mention uphill a lot?


Once we got to the top of Olive Tree Lane, where I thought from the map, we could connect to Chamise Trail, but no, the residents put a gate to stop people from going to a public road to a public trail. I had to find a pretty painful way around the fence, through the brush:


took 15mn to get around
took 15mn to get around

this doesn't show how filled with dirt and leaves, I got
this doesn't show how filled with dirt and leaves, I got

We then exited the park towards Los Altos Hills and a nice little private lake they don't like to share with others :)





lots of nice connecting paths between the streets in that area, very nice
lots of nice connecting paths between the streets in that area, very nice

More houses:




rich kids get their own private playground
rich kids get their own private playground

deer in your backyard (both good and bad)
deer in your backyard (both good and bad)

you can camp in your own yard
you can camp in your own yard

toy car
toy car


Another connecting path:


nice view of the private lake
nice view of the private lake


we then took another connecting path to another path along 280, and back out to civilization
we then took another connecting path to another path along 280, and back out to civilization

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2020/08/25 Sunset Biking to Black Mountain During Great Redwood Fires on a Clear Day
π 2020-08-25 01:01 in Exercising
After the terrible amount of smoke we had 2 days prior, I went back in the evening when the wind had shifted and the smoke was going in other directions. What a difference. It went from a PM2.5 of over a 1000 (do not breathe) to just 10:


I had to hurry to get enough light before losing it
I had to hurry to get enough light before losing it

smoke was visible but on the east side of the bay
smoke was visible but on the east side of the bay





black mountain peak was clear
black mountain peak was clear

clear at the top
clear at the top

A few animals were out:



The ocean side of the view was nice too:

smoke means nice views
smoke means nice views











It was then time to bike back since I didn't have a bike light:





Soo much nicer than 2 days prior...

2020/08/23 Biking to Black Mountain During Great Redwood Fires
π 2020-08-23 01:01 in Exercising
I was curious to see layer of smoke and maybe more by going higher (about 3000ft), so I drove up montebello road and then biked the rest to Black Mountain. The 10mn worth of biking was quite hard, I couldn't breathe well with my N99 mask and I really needed it given how terrible the air was (more than 5 times worse than lower down at home).

the bike barely fit
the bike barely fit

not the best view
not the best view

top of montebello
top of montebello

oops, good thing I had my N99 mask
oops, good thing I had my N99 mask

I unpacked my bike and did the short ride to the first radio tower and then black mountain. I was very out of breath breathing with that max (and even the filtered air not being prefect probably):




couldn't really see the bay
couldn't really see the bay

and that's why
and that's why

biking back to my car
biking back to my car


And then I went down, and the air was definitely better:


2020/05/22 45 mile loop to Alviso, Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge, and Back via the Green Belt
π 2020-05-22 01:01 in Exercising
A mere 13 years ago, when we still lived in Sunnyvale, we did the shorter bike ride to Alviso. The ride was 24 miles then.
It was time to go back, but now that we live farther, and that I extended the loop, it was 45 miles this time (the whole loop was about 7H of clock time and 5h of actual biking time, or longest for us this far). (click on the garmin recording for more stats and a bigger map)

nice pink house on the way to Steven Creek Trail
nice pink house on the way to Steven Creek Trail

lovely tree
lovely tree


Norcal radar site
Norcal radar site




babies are grown up already
babies are grown up already

so proud
so proud



Eventually we got to Alviso, the land that time forgot:




prime real estate in a flood zone, awaits for you
prime real estate in a flood zone, awaits for you



interesting house
interesting house

it was a mixed neighborhood
it was a mixed neighborhood


Jennifer still found fruit :)
Jennifer still found fruit :)

From there, we got to the Alviso Don Edwards loop (we did the longer double loop):


for once, a train that almost looked fast
for once, a train that almost looked fast






salt from evaporation
salt from evaporation










After the long loop, it was time to bike all the way home (almost 2H), back around great america, 49ers stadium, and greenbelt back to Stevens Creek Trail:




This was our longest bike ride ever, it went well considering. Maybe 50 miles next time? :)

2020/05/01 Finally did the Montebello to Back Mountain to PageMill Loop
π 2020-05-01 01:01 in Exercising
It's a loop I knew was possible after biking up Montebello some 10 years back, but going all the way to Pagemill seemed a bit daunting. Turns out, it wasn't and it's only a 25 mile loop, albeit with a 2600ft climb. (click on the garmin recording for more stats and a bigger map)

Here is the navigation track on google maps

Took about 25mn and 4 miles to get to the bottom of montebello (600ft altitude), and then we biked up. Jennifer did better on the way up than I did (last time, many years back, it was the other way around):



then up
then up




more up
more up

took about 1h from the bottom to get to ridge (4 miles, 1600ft climb)
took about 1h from the bottom to get to ridge (4 miles, 1600ft climb)


welcome to the top before entering the preserve
welcome to the top before entering the preserve

not a terrible time for a 2000ft climb
not a terrible time for a 2000ft climb


new gogle campus
new gogle campus




top of black mountain
top of black mountain

2h, 2500ft up to the top
2h, 2500ft up to the top

the fire road was challenging at times
the fire road was challenging at times

the hiking path was nicer
the hiking path was nicer



we got to pagemill in no time
we got to pagemill in no time

Jennifer got to practise her downhill biking skills
Jennifer got to practise her downhill biking skills

nice views from pagemill
nice views from pagemill


I know this turn from driving up, can't clip the apex on this one :)
I know this turn from driving up, can't clip the apex on this one :)

we took Mt Eden road as a shortcut back home
we took Mt Eden road as a shortcut back home

We then got back to foothill and biked home:



Very nice loop, glad that we did it.

2020/04/26 Attempted Fremont Older Garrods Farm Loop
π 2020-04-26 01:01 in Exercising
It might have been 11 years since we last did that loop (oops), so I figured we'd go for another on. That wasn't counting on the friendly open space district folks who decided to close the entire area to bikers and horses in order to avoid people having potential accidents and ending up in the hospital. Sigh, that felt heavy handed. On the plus side, the area was re-opened to bikes 6 days later.

Here's the track that shows how close we got to making the normal loop, but the detour we had to take: (click on the garmin recording for more stats and a bigger map)

Here is the navigation track on google maps

we biked by the reservoir which had finally gotten a bit of water
we biked by the reservoir which had finally gotten a bit of water

and then made it to Garrods Farm just to find out that the trail access was closed :(
and then made it to Garrods Farm just to find out that the trail access was closed :(

We ended up biking all the way around Eden Road, losing all the altitude we had just painfully gained, and took another entrace to the park, that was walking only:


at least the view was nice
at least the view was nice


After over an hour going around including a steep way back up we had to walk in parts, we got back to the same point we were had, had e been allowed to cross:


and we resumed the ride to an exit that was totally open to bikers
and we resumed the ride to an exit that was totally open to bikers

I plotted a route to McClellan and Stevens Creek Trail
I plotted a route to McClellan and Stevens Creek Trail



We ended up with a much longer ride than planned, but it was still nice.

2020/04/10 Steven's Creek Trail, Bay Trail around Moffett, to Calabazas Creek, and back via John Christian Greenbelt
π 2020-04-10 01:01 in Exercising
It had been a while since we went for a real bike ride, so we went for a nice 5.5h Bike Ride (click on the garmin recording for more stats and a bigger map)

surface streets to the Steven's Creek Trail entrance
surface streets to the Steven's Creek Trail entrance


we took the scenic route through another trail and a stream crossing :)
we took the scenic route through another trail and a stream crossing :)





nice little chicks
nice little chicks

can I boroow one? :)
can I boroow one? :)

fluffy and cute :)
fluffy and cute :)



the trash pile had a few landmowers :)
the trash pile had a few landmowers :)


more babies
more babies


back through John Christian Greenbelt
back through John Christian Greenbelt



2020/02/08 Baylands to 92 Bridge
π 2020-02-08 01:01 in Exercising
We've had a bad winter for snow, but it was nice and warm when it shouldn't have been.

We went rollerblading on a nice sunny warm day:


mini blimp that was flying around
mini blimp that was flying around

new Moffett Google campus
new Moffett Google campus


The next weekend, we went biking around baylands, it was also very nice, even if all the migratory birds, hadn't arrived yet:





chevrons pointing towards PAO runway 31
chevrons pointing towards PAO runway 31










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2015/07/02 Biking up to Ridge Winery and Picchetti for picnic
π 2015-07-02 01:01 in Exercising
We hadn't done biking in a while, so we decided to fix that:





Then we went back down to Picchetti winery for a tasting and picnic:






Then, there were chicken walking around, so I grabbed one :)



2013/02/17 Biking through sunnyvale to the Bay, around Moffett, and back
π 2013-02-17 01:01 in Exercising
This was our first bike ride after Jennifer's ankle surgery last year. On the way, we went by the Sunnvyale Heritage Museum, which I had never heard of. Unfortunately, the museum isn't open very long, just 12 hours per week, but it was nice to see the displays showing when Santa Clara County was mostly farming land:








I wondered if someone abandonned their turtoises there, I wonder how they eat
I wondered if someone abandonned their turtoises there, I wonder how they eat


We then biked north to the bay:






It was a long bike ride for Jennifer who will need to rebuild her muscles, but she powered all the way through.


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