Happy 4th of July

It’s the 4th of July, aka Independence Day … independence of America from the British Empire.  Anyhow, that means a day off, and I figured a climb up to Mt. Umunhum.

The sun was out, but it was by no means warm.  In fact, it was windy, blustery, and I even had to go back and get my jacket.  It’s kinda funny … when I stopped at an intersection, the wind died down … but once I started moving again, the wind started picking up.

The wind kept blustering until I got over the hill near Los Gatos.  Climb up Kennedy, and the wind was non-existent.

I didn’t feel particularly strong, so by the time I got to the steep climb on Hicks, I knew I was in for trouble.  However, I persevered, and got through it.  I took a good long rest at the base of the Mt. Umunhum climb, then forged on.  I decided to stop at Bald Mountain, before continuing on.  I guess that rest did help, as I ended up getting a Personal Record from Bald Mountain to the summit of Mt. Umunhum.  Hmm … go figure.

On the climb up, people were passing me left and right.  Apparently, there was a group of riders, who left from Los Altos, and had a myriad of former olympic riders for USA, Canada, and even a California State Champion.

Arrived at the summit, and it was pretty calm.  The cloud stayed away from Mt. Umunhum, so we could still get a scenic view of sorts.

Ooh, that took a bit out of my legs, as I was just limping along back home.  Not sure what it was about this, but I guess that’s why it’s a training ride.  Happy Independence Day!

2 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July

    1. sevencyclist Post author

      It actually started getting hot after the 4th of July, which is a little strange. I drove down to LA to visit Dad, and we got an extreme heat advisory for the weekend. On Friday, it got to 112 F, and that wasn’t even the hottest in the area. In Woodland Hills, it got to 117 F … Yikes, that’s toasty! I decided to escape the heat today, by leaving before 7 am … got here, and it was a cool 92 F .. at least it wasnt triple digits.


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