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DBD4 ride #4: Woodside plus (8/17/2014)

Date: Sunday, August 17
Meet time: 9:40 a.m.
Ride-out time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Stevenson Elementary School, 750 San Pierre Way (map)
City: Mountain View
Rain policy: Rain cancels
Category: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep hills
Miles: 55

Sure, we're just riding to Woodside and back today, but our route is certainly twisted ... in more ways than one!

We begin with a climb up West Loyola Avenue to Neary Quarry, followed by a few miles of hilly rambling through Los Altos Hills before we get our first rest stop at about mile 17. Next, we'll begin to head toward Woodside, but we'll take a detour along the way and tackle the reverse Westridge Drive (the easier direction, but certainly not "easy"). After descending back to Stanford, then we'll climb Sand Hill Road and (finally) take Mountain Home Road to our second rest stop at Roberts Market in Woodside.

The last leg of our ride has only one climb, but it's a fun one: the back entrance to CaƱada College, followed by the blazing descent of Farm Hill Road. After that, it's an easy ride for the last 12 miles through Menlo Park and downtown Palo Alto.

Ride With GPS reports about 3,500 feet of climbing for this ride.

Our new location is an easy 1.1-mile ride from the Mountain View Caltrain station; the first southbound train from San Francisco arrives in Mountain View at 9:29 a.m. We've adjusted our meet time so Caltrain riders can make our meet time.

Toilets and water are available nearby at Stevenson Park; Safeway and Jack In The Box are a half-mile away at Shoreline Blvd.

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