The news broadcast a heat advisory warning for the Bay Area. So I decided to buy a 1.5l bottle of water from 7-11. I was going to fill it up, when I got to the ride start (I was driving to the ride start).
I arrived around 15 minutes early, so that gave me time to get everything ready, use the bathroom, apply sunscreen everywhere, so I’m all ready. We’re all ready and eager to start the ride, as we are heading over Old La Honda, then Haskin Hills, to the coast to Pescadero, where the temps should be about 20 degrees cooler.
Oh, what about that 1.5l bottle of water I got from 7-11? Oh, I kinda forgot all about that. Luckily, my water bottle was a little under half filled up, left over from yesterday’s ride. I was careful not to drink all of it, so I sipped a little here, a little there … and this was all on the OLH climb.
I guess the one thing that helped me was that most of the way out to Pescadero was descending, and there would be shaded roads, with just a few sections where it would be sunny. Luckily I made it to Pescadero, without issue. I made sure I filled up completely while at Pescadero. But of all the days to forget to fill your water bottle … one of the hottest days of the year. Definitely a day to escape to the coast, and not inland.
I have done the same more than once! Never good, but glad you made it