Today was to be a 100 mile day. Headed towards Los Olivos then onto Foxen Canyon and a 2 mile gentle grade climb before a screaming descent and eventually to Tepusquet Road. Throughout, fantastic views on both sides of the road. Tepsuquet is a valley road that begins climbing for 4 miles to the summit but gains only 1000'. You can maintain a good rpm with no steep pitches. Passed real live bufallo, wild turkeys, a snake that slithered off the road, other cyclists and then the top, where I did something stupid...coasted down the other side to 166 before turning around and climbing back up but some great views on the way, as shown below.
Regaining the top, I enjoyed a long coast down and upon reaching Foxen Canyon, stopped at a winery to refill a water bottle and sat to enjoy a cool drink and another great view...
Arrived back in Solvang with 96 miles and 6000" of climbing. Hope tomorrow is an epic day as I plan to climb Gibralter and Painted Cave on the Santa Barbara side of the mountain range. ALSO, NOTE THE SATURDAY RIDE INFO BELOW.
Mark is a long-time cyclist who enjoys poking fun at himself but most especially at his friends. No nicknames or comments are intended to offend, accept them in the humor they are intended.