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Early-Bird Ride #3: Rainy-day alternate (12/19/2010)

WEATHER ALERT: If we ride Sunday, we will NOT use the original Dumbarton Bridge route that had been scheduled. Instead, we will use the route shown in the map at right, which returns to Mountain View at both mile 12 and mile 22 so that we can end the ride easily if the weather turns bad.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 19
Meet time: 9:30 a.m.
Ride-out time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Three blocks west of the Mountain View Caltrain and VTA station, in the overflow parking lot at the corner of Evelyn Avenue and Franklin Street. (map)
City: Mountain View
Rain policy: Heavy rain cancels
Category: 2 - medium pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 1 - mostly flat
Miles: 36

For this rainy-day alternate route, we're doing three short and easy rides that each return to downtown Mountain View. Our first loop takes us along the bayshore past the Googleplex and up to the Palo Alto airport before returning. Our second loop takes us into Sunnyvale and to our one rest stop of the day at the Starbucks at Fremont and Mary, perhaps better known as the starting point for the Sunday Cat-2 rides. Our third and final loop takes us up the Bryant Street bike boulevard into downtown Palo Alto and then back on some side streets that we don't normally use. Only about 570 feet of climbing the whole day, with no hills worse than an overpass.

Riders from all over Northern California are invited! Southbound Caltrain from San Francisco arrives at 9:29 a.m. Note that if you arrive via train or light rail, you'll need to walk three blocks northwest from the station, across Castro Street, to the corner of Evelyn and Franklin. The meeting place is not at the station itself.

Be sure to check the Training section of the ALC website for information on how to prepare for a training ride and what you must and should bring.

Leaders: Chris Thomas, Niki Hutson, Dan England, Terri Meier, Bob Vasquez, Lynne West

RSVPs are requested but not required.