I start a new job soon, but I still have a little time off. Why not take a trip? I know, I'll visit Chris and Karen in Oakland!
|Beware of Dog|
I don't often see Velocipaptor sculptures in front yards. Or stretch WVs. Or little girls swinging from the living room ceiling on a rope. That's why I kind of like the vibe when I go visit these friends. It's a refreshing change of pace. Probably the result of too much Burning Man, but hey, I don't judge.
|Beethoven and Savanah|
But not everything is crazy at Chris and Karen's place. Little kids still like to play in cardboard boxes.
I feel like a little kid too, when I find that it's only a block to the trail. The picture below is not even a real trail. It's running down the central median of Skyline Blvd.
|North bound lanes on the left|
When I follow that trail all the way south, to Grass Valley Rd, I can turn right down into the city, or left into Chabot Regional Park. The park is huge and beautiful, but it's mostly fireroad. Some parts of it are prone to mud and littered with cattle, which makes riding really fun in a strange way. Go towards Bort Meadows if you're into that kind of thing.
|As always, steeper than it looks...|
|Remember the role Eucalyptus played in the Oakland Hills fire of 1991?|
|Finally I find the singletrack, and it's got stop signs!|
Besides the dirt, the nearby roads were littered with roadies. The gentle grades (6%, I think), shade, and relative lack of cars conspire to make it easy to throw down some miles.