A blog for and by a group of certifiable and committed cyclists (aka, Cyclopaths) from the Puyallup, Tacoma, and Seattle area. Follow The Puyallup Cyclopaths' adventures as they ride in the mountains of the Northwest and beyond.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
2017_07_10 Puyallup/Tacoma to Santa Barbara Trip (Leon Matz & Mike Smith) (Day 10)... continued...
Author: Leon Matz
Day 10 Point Arena to Forest Hills 108 miles and almost 7,800 ft of gain.
The inn we were staying at didn't have breakfast until 8, so we went and ate at a local shop and were on the road by 7:30. We decided to take a slower pace today to make it a little easier. The first 20 miles were glorious with a 15-20 wind pushing us along! Mike even said "we can do this all day long, this is easy peasy"! I cautioned him at the time to not get so confident, because things could change and they did! The first change was the terrain of the road. For almost endless miles, the road would descend to the left away from the sea and then almost immediately take a sharp right turn severely up hill! Many of these hills had a gradient of 10% plus with some sections above 18%. This continued for mile upon mile. The climbing was very difficult since the sharp turn limited haw fast and how far you could make it up the hill . Most of the time it meant standing even though I have a 34x 36 combination for gearing! Mike had a 34x 32 so he had to do even more standing to make it up the climbs!
Another change that came was the wind direction. Instead of the northerly that everyone talks about, a wind from the west or southwest became the norm which made things even harder! The beauty as you can see continued!