With summer in full swing, it feels like “The Days Are Just Packed”. Trying to make the most of these long days, this past weekend’s Summer Skool Session #2 ride (a.k.a. MTBrevet) tried to emulate these feelings of carefree exploration and wonderment of the great outdoors.
It was great to see a grip load of people meet up for the ride at the 4th and King station at Caltrain in San Francisco, as we nearly took over the train car. It was even cooler to see a few more people hop on Caltrain along the way at different stations and another group meet us at the proper ride start in Mountain View. All in all, we had a head count of 24 during the ride. There was such a quirky mix of rando bikes, cross bikes, mountain bikes, and other bikes that defied conventional categorization. Surely with that many people and bikes, there would be some pressure for the route to be amazing, right?
Safe to say, after rounding each corner or climbing up the next set of hills, riders were greeted with scenery that seemed to transcend the views that they had just seen. About midway through the ride, there was a magical Hot Dog stand oasis that provided much needed sustenance and hydration for the group. Shortly after departing from this oasis, there was a stark change in the scenery on the route and it pushed us into full “mind blown” territory.
After forty some miles and somewhere between 5000-6000 ft of climbing, with nearly half of it on single track, the group stopped at the Alpine Inn for a few post ride burgers and brews. Here are some highlights from the ride:
You can check out Jenny Oh’s ride report and photos here, peep Manny’s photos here, and view some other photos from the ride here. Stay tuned for the details for the final Summer Skool Sessions ride of the year!