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in: DWildfogel; DWildfogel > 2015-12-12

Dec 13, 2015 11:31 AM # 
Very convenient. Nice for a guy who lives on a mountain in the middle of nowhere to be able to walk to buy something. I know a guy who sells Christmas trees about a mile or so from here, but that's a bit far to carry one back up the hill.
Dec 14, 2015 5:53 AM # 
Yup, yesterday was the first time we ever walked somewhere and bought something. In previous years, our neighbors who run the tree farm always gave us the tree ("least we can do for all the traffic you have to put up with"), but this year the teenage grandson was running the checkout, so we paid. Hence, our first ever purchase within walking distance :-)
Dec 19, 2015 3:53 PM # 
Congratulations Dennis! At least you're conscious of your car dependency. Most Californians don't even think about it.

How long would it take you to bike to a store to buy a quart of milk? To a Starbucks?
Dec 19, 2015 4:49 PM # 
Not long for Dennis to bike to a store, but then a good part of the day to walk the bike up the amazing hill to get home again. Biking on Skyline might be a pretty enjoyable outing, but getting up there is not for the faint of heart.
Dec 19, 2015 5:23 PM # 
Ha ha! When I was growing up in the Bay Area in the 1950's, one of my high school friends had a 'racing' bike (thin tires and 10 speeds...very rare in those days) and used to bike up to Skyline and back from Redwood City each weekend. We all thought he was a crazy loner...the roads were prehistoric!

Now the roads are better, but just as steep. And I think folks bike up to Skyline, and maybe even over to La Honda and the Coast. At least I've seen them on those roads in packs, wearing fluorescent vests with blinking red lights fore and aft on their bikes. Still pretty dangerous with those narrow roads, blind curves, and fast car traffic.

Compared with biking in the Midwest, and maybe even New England, it is tough to be a cyclist in California....but many do it. And I'm sure Dennis is up to the challenge!
Dec 20, 2015 5:41 AM # 
Would guess that most cyclists would have trouble climbing the ultra steep grades and windy turns of Gist Rd. (The road on the way to Dennis’ house and much steeper than the road you mentioned from Woodside to La Honda.) It scares me every time I drive it.
Dec 20, 2015 5:55 AM # 
Almost never see cyclists on Gist Rd, but there are plenty of cyclists who go by our house. I think some of them use Black Rd and more use Rt 9 (to the Saratoga Gap) on the north side, and maybe Old Santa Cruz Rd to the south side. Personally, I haven't been on a bike for at least a couple of decades. I would be very reluctant to bike on Skyline around here, and no way in hell I'd attempt to go down any of the hills to get to the valley.
Dec 20, 2015 12:42 PM # 
Not sure, but Gist may be the steepest stretch of road I've ever driven on. Riding a bike in either direction would not be a cheery prospect. How long is it? Seems to go on forever!
Dec 21, 2015 5:32 AM # 
It's actually only 1.4 miles. After you've done it several times, it doesn't seem so bad.
Dec 21, 2015 10:54 AM # 
It would seem bad on a bike.
Dec 21, 2015 2:01 PM # 
Unless Dennis pretends he's on the Tour, and chasing Greg Lemond up the Alp d' Huez!

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