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Loop around the South Bay (12/13/2009)

Date: Sunday, Dec. 13 rescheduled
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: 41

Today's ride takes us across the Dumbarton Bridge and into Alameda County for a scenic, flat loop around the South Bay. And thanks to new streets and an old bike path that I recently rediscovered, the loop is now shorter than ever before!

From our starting point in downtown Mountain View, we'll ride along the bayshore and up University Avenue to the bridge -- which, incidentally, is our biggest hill of the day. (Never bicycled across the Dumbarton before? Most folks say it's not nearly as stressful as the Golden Gate.) After a short break in Newark, we'll head south along the other side of the bayshore, through Fremont and across marshlands, on our way to our second stop of the day in Milpitas. Next, we'll get on the Coyote Creek Trail and then follow an old bike path (just a couple of very small breaks in the pavement) for about half a mile along Highway 237. After that, we'll pass across the northern edge of San Jose and Santa Clara on our way to Baylands Park in Sunnyvale. We finish the day by riding along the edge of Moffett Field back into Mountain View.

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, Michael Casas, Al Esquivel, Kevin Hunter, Ally Kemmer, Linda Kemmer, Kathy Sherman, Margaret Vande Voorde, Paul Vargas (Not all leaders will be present for the rescheduled date)

RSVPs are requested but not required.

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