Wed, Mar 16, 2016
On the way back I was ahead of Don on the downhill ride, stopping where the south and north entrance roads fork off from the summit road. Don road right by me, down the wrong way, oblivious to my shouts. A handful of other riders resting there at the old entrance station got a pretty good laugh from it. It was several miles before I was able to catch up to Don and then only because he had stopped because another rider had told him he'd gone by me unaware. He still hadn't realized he'd gone the wrong way though he admitted the landscape wasn't looking all that familiar. We decided to continue down the north entrance and take the long way back to Crow Canyon. Using Google Maps to find a return route, we were pleasantly surprised to find that it took us down parts of the East Bay trail system that I didn't even know existed. The longest stretch was along the Iron Horse Trail, an old railroad grade, paved and converted to bike/pedestrian use which goes more than 20mi between Walnut Creek and Pleasanton. We both agreed that was a far better route than the one we'd taken in the morning through Black Hawk, even if it was 5-6mi longer. Stats were about 47mi and 3,500ft of gain - a very fine outing indeed!
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