I will always remember, On night before halloween, after an incessant stream of aeroplanes were coming to land at at Lindbergh. Woke to find his severed head on hood of car. We are an established cycling club based in San Leandro that was organized in Bill Black of San Diego, California on said: I saw some weird cult type stuff up by the old airstrip. New eruptions from Hawaii volcano create more lava destruction President Trump hosts French President Emmanuel Macron for first state visit. Here's what I know for sure
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Though Mono Lake has been called a "dead sea", it actually abounds with life. No fish live in the lake, but populations of brine shrimp and brine flies adapted to the exceptionally high concentration of salts provide a plentiful food supply for more than seventy species of migratory and nesting birds.
The "lunch" checkpoint with Subway sandwiches and all our usual wide variety of drinks and muchies await you at the Mono Lake County Park. At this point, you will have ridden miles and ascended 7,'. Take time to look around as you climb between these craters en route to the "E Ticket" ride from the high plains at Sage Hen Summit, through red lava canyons into Benton, the Chalfant Valley and back to Bishop. This second half of the double loop has only 3,' of ascent!
This course has exactly 10, feet of elevation gain, more than half of which is between mile 30 and mile As doubles go, it's not that tough and the views and roads are so incredible, you won't event notice the climbing that it does have! Geologists say the tilted fault-block range of the Sierra Nevada formed ten to twenty million years ago when an enormous piece of the earth's crust rose thousands of feet along a series of faults and tilted westward to create a mountain range with broad, gentle western escarpment.
More than miles long and 60 to 80 miles wide, the Sierra cover a region larger than the combined areas of the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps; the Sierra Nevada stretches further than any continuous mountain range in the continental United States.
This is one of the most beautiful and most popular of all the Triple Crown rides!! Mindful of the current economic climate, this event will be hosted with minimal support, and a very low entry fee just to cover insurance, any necessary permits, and a leap-frog SAG vehicle carrying snacks and water. Riders may bring lunch-size bags with their special-needs foods, which will be delivered up the course to at least three locations.
Given the difficulty of the route, only experienced double century riders will be permitted to ride. Classic Doubles are more than challenging alone. They are "tours" in the true sense, an opportunity for discovery and adventure in an area not often ridden. The Tour of Two Forests has been such a classic since its first edition in It starts and ends in Santa Clarita and traverses parts of L.
It's one of the most scenic courses in Southern California and is almost free of traffic lights. The logistics are really easy since it starts just 20 miles north of Los Angeles. The Tour of Two Forests was first run in In , the legendary tandem team of Pete Penseyres and Rob Templin set a course record of In , Rob Templin came back on his single bike and set a solo course record of In , the course was modified to start and finish in Santa Clarita instead of Lancaster which reduces the mileage from Miles down to Miles.
This is a great event with a whole lot of history in the California cycling scene. We really encourage you to ride this classic event! Extremely tough Northern California Double. Climb 8 classic sierra mountain passes with stunning scenery, smooth pavement, and just a dozen stop signs. You'll experience the breathtaking scenic beauty of eight classic, wild sierra climbs plus panoramas of Diamond Valley and Carson Valley on a course that features some of the best pavement you'll find on any organized ride.
The course is in a remote and rugged area--there are no traffic lights and has just a dozen stop signs. This is a beautiful rolling road with great views of the foothills.
Riders descend into the Carson Valley and take Foothill Road along its perimeter to the base of the first pass: This stretch gives everyone a good warm up before the climbing begins. Kingsbury grade is the perfect pass to begin the ride because it offers very wide shoulders, a steady easy grade all the way to the top, and very little wind in the morning.
It's broad sweeping turns give riders an awesome view of the Carson Valley and the Pinenut Mountains and a fun descent. After refueling at the rest stop on the summit and enjoying a well-earned descent back down Kingsbury grade, riders return along Foothill and turn right on Emigrant Trail. This short and easy climb doesn't count as a pass, but it's a good warmup for the pass to come and there is a rest stop at the top. Continuing from Emigrant trail, riders pass through the historic town of Woodfords and up scenic Woodfords Canyon following the route of the Pony Express trail.
Turning right at Picketts Junction, riders will complete their climb to the summit of Luther pass where they will be rewarded with another rest stop. Descending Luther pass back into Hope Valley, riders will turn right again and begin their ascent of Carson pass taking in views of Red Lake and high alpine terrain.
Blue Lakes Road will take riders over a series of climbs and through valleys with breathtaking scenery to the next rest stop at the end of the road. A little bit of climbing and a rolling descent takes riders back out to Hope Valley and then down Woodfords canyon. Turning right towards Markleeville brings riders back to the start where lunch awaits. The course continues down to the town of Markleeville and out to the intersection of CA 89 and CA 4 where riders will begin the beautiful climb of the heavily forested Ebbetts pass.
A rest stop is located at the summit of Ebbetts pass before the descent on the back side to Hermit Valley where yet another rest stop is located at the turn- around. Riders then climb the backside of Ebbetts and return to the base of Monitor after a fun descent. Climbing the front side of Monitor offers riders a few challenging steep grades and sweeping views of alpine meadows and Lake Heenan.
A rest stop at the top of the pass marks completion of the second-to- last pass of the day. The descent to Topaz on the east side of Monitor is a thrill. The road surface is excellent, the grade is sweet, and the turns are fun. Most importantly, this is safe hill to descend at night with little car traffic, great visibility, and few shadows.
Refuel at the Topaz rest stop for the last pass of the day. The climb is long but the grade is steady and this climb is a pleasure even after sundown. Like the backside of Monitor, the descent on the frontside is a good one for night time.
The eight pass course represents the ultimate climbing challenge for a single-day event. We expect great weather, but this ride covers a lot of remote, high altitude terrain. If a rider wishes to ride both events, they can ride the Grand Tour on the event date and ride the 8 Pass Challenge Staff Ride in the middle of July. To register for the staff ride, please first register for the Grand Tour and then send an email to challenge altaalpina.
You may choose to start during one of eight starting windows: There are 9 rest stops on the route plus lunch and two checkpoints. You must reach each rest stop and checkpoint while it is open and make the other listed cut-off times in order to collect 8 pass stickers. Riders headed towards a closed location will be turned around and directed to the next open stop. We will begin sweeping any remaining riders from the route at A rider who is transported by SAG will lose the last sticker collected.
You must check-in at the finish with all 8 pass stickers in order to receive California Triple Crown credit for completing the full Double Century. However everyone who checks in will be listed as having finished the number of passes indicated by their pass stickers. Anyone who refuses to abide by the rules or the instructions of CHP, County Sheriff, or ride officials will lose all their stickers and be listed as DQ as will anyone who doesn't check-in after finishing the ride.
The check-in desk will be open till These rules are in place to ensure the safety of all participants and to satisfy the requirements of county and state agencies. The Terrible Two was started in by the Santa Rosa Cycling Club, as they realized that a mile course around Sonoma County would include some very challenging hills as well as some spectacular scenery.
For and beyond, the Terrible Two returns to its roots, the Napa miles are back. Silverado Trail pace lines should be a welcome sight for the run to Calistoga. A few relaxing miles through Knights Valley and the first big climb looms, The Geysers. The Geysers and Fort Ross are multi summit climbs, while Skaggs Springs is a long series of climbs and descents.
And to finish off Skaggs Springs we offer, The Wall. Lets just say its steep!! Except for five miles of suburbs, the entire course is rural and very scenic: It's enough to make you forget how hard it is! Are you ready for miles in one day with 16, feet of steep climbing? Are you ready for temperatures over degrees? Are you ready for the ride that many consider the toughest Double in the United States? Anyone still on the course after Riders on the course after that time will be asked to SAG to the finish or can continue unsupported.
Sebastopol, CA This is the original Double in the U. The Traditional Double offers a bit of everything you think of when you think of California: Looping through rural Ventura County, the route contains some hills but is still one of the easiest Double Centuries we know of.
There is only one very difficult hill and the club places a rest stop at the top to help you out. The scenery, the low traffic and the generally favorable winds will help you forget the hills and make this a very enjoyable Double.
This difficult double has become a Northern California Classic!! Climb beautiful canyons and challenging ridges up Mt Tam birthplace of mountain biking with stunning views of the Pacific Coast, the San Francisco Bay and all the mountains in between.
The Maiden voyage of the Mt. Tam Double Century was August 7, and received rave reviews. Not sure if you can ride it? There are those of you that know you can ride miles with 15, feet of climbing and then there are most of you that question such a challenge. Tam Double is not an easy Double Century and will challenge even the experienced veteran riders, do not be too intimidated.
This ride has lots of fast technical riding and descents to challenge the most experienced riders yet offers bailout options for those that want to give it a try but are not quite sure. Most of the steep climbing is over by mile but there are plenty of rollers to challenge you on your way back to the Finish! In fact, it might be the ideal test ride if you are not sure you are ready for the most difficult doubles out there.
The Mt Tam Double has 15, ft. Because we run the Mt Tam Double in conjunction with our Marin Century, there are several bailout options available if the course just proves too much or you are just having a bad day. These options will allow you to finish under your own power and the bailout routes are fully supported. The Mt Tam Double Century course starts on flat to rolling terrain before you are greeted with your first challenge of the day, a 1.
This is followed by a thrilling descent through the redwoods into the ranches and grasslands of West Marin. The route winds south and east with a couple small climbs and descents until you reach the town of Fairfax. Fairfax is one end of the famous Bolinas Fairfax Rd. Within sight of town center, the road begins to wind up into the hills of the lake country on the north side of Mt. The road is narrow and twisting but relatively untraveled. There is a brief respite at the golf course and then you climb again to the top of Pine Mountain and your 1st Rest Stop at mile This is a popular mountain bike jump off point but you will have to return for that another day.
This is the only rest stop on the course without a checkpoint. The descent down to the lakes is very fast in a series of tight left turns with a decreasing radius. The entire road twists with lots of technical turns and small fun rollers for 4 miles. You will love this road. All this ends at Alpine Dam. You ride across the dam and climb, and climb and climb.
You reach the ridge; turn left off the Bolinas Fairfax Rd onto Ridgecrest and climb some more, and more. Welcome to Mt Tam. If the Bolinas Fairfax Rd. You have seen this before. Either in half the car commercials ever made or maybe in a Lance commercial. In the early morning light, you will have a grand sweeping view of the Pacific, the coastal mountains and inland lakes.
Coastal oaks, evergreens and redwoods will contrast with the golden grass hillsides and deep blue ocean waters. All this is, of course, assuming it is clear. It can be fog, raining, blowing 50 and you might as well be in Siberia! West Ridgecrest climbs in a great series of rollers turning into East Ridgecrest that climbs in another set of giant rollers for the remaining 3 miles to East Peak and the top of the mountain. At the very top is a checkpoint and the turnaround.
Be careful on the descent. It is very easy to go too fast and other riders will still be riding up. This is an out and back scenario. The descent has almost feet of climbing in it before turning south to Pan-toll and onto the Panoramic Hwy. All these roads are twisting with sharp technical turns that require extreme caution.
If these roads are wet from morning fog, they will be very slippery. Several good climbs wait as you turn north on Hwy 1 from Muir Beach and again as the course passes the Bolinas Lagoon toward Olema and Pt. Our course turns off Hwy 1 in Point Reyes Station on 1st street and a quick left on Mesa Road for rest stop 3 and 73 miles in. Take a right back on Hwy 1 north and a right on Point Reyes Petaluma road, the route continues traveling the flat creek bed inland to Nicasio Reservoir where you are greeted by a short climb 1.
Over a summit and past the Nicasio Cheese Factory before continuing on towards Petaluma. A right turn on Sunnyslope and left on F street will bring you to McNear Park and our rest stop 4 at 93 miles.
Leaving Petaluma with a series of quick turns you will find yourself at the entrance of beautiful Chileno Valley road that you will follow all the way to a left turn on Tomales Petaluma road, right on Alexander and left on Fallon two Rock. While the century riders are starting to head back south, you are about to taste some of the best hill climbs anywhere.
The climb up Bay Hill Rd. It is a quick descent rough road to Hwy 1 for some very scenic miles of coastline before turning onto Coleman Valley Rd. With miles on your legs, the climb is long and steep with false summits and huge views.
Be sure to look south from the top. At the edge of the horizon you will see Mt Tam! This is one for the books. This will forever be one of your favorites! Relax and hydrate up at the top of the Coleman Valley Loop. This small Rest Stop at Coleman Valley is at about mile and is a checkpoint.
The stop will be stocked with water, Gatorade and energy supplements gels, bars, etc. This stop will not have the usual array of fruit and other foods you may be used to but you will find those down the road a few more miles at Valley Ford. The top of the Coleman Valley Loop undulates with a ft descent in the middle before climbing right back up gotta love that! The final descent on Joy Rd is very big and long.
Hydrate and calorie up at this rest stop. After resting you will follow signs that ultimately will bring you to quiet and scenic Middle road. Dillon Bech road and to Tomales. At this point go south on HWY 1 to Marshall. Be very careful there as you are making a left turn crossing traffic from sometimes busy HWY 1. Then up the Marshall wall from the coast for about feet of climbing. Descend to Walker creek and rest stop 6 at miles in.
From Walker creek it is a short but beautiful 17 miles if still in daylight to the final rest stop in Nicasio at miles in. The course finishes by reversing Lucas Valley Rd it is an easier climb this direction. I had a friend who had a paper route in Procter Valley. She told me a lot of weird things that happened to her. Johnny u of Spring valley, Cal on said: My friends and I were parked on a hill.
We saw kkk or a cult, thought they were sacrificing someone. They saw us, the chase was on On the way out, there was a cows head on the road. We did get away. Geri of Mokena, Il on said: I lived in Jamul from to There was never a Haven bakery.
The was a great restaurant called Haven in the Hills near Vista Sage. Great place to eat. Just east of that across from Vista Sage was a home everyone referred to as 'the goat lady'.
She was pretty strange. It was a dirt road. A lot of ghost type stories circulated but I never recall any real tragedies. Derek Urch of Brownsville, Texas on said: One time we drove to spring valley on PVR and turned around where it turns to pavement. As we passed the hanging tree we saw someone hanging from it, but we had just passed it a few minutes before and there was nobody in the tree then. About 50 yards after we passed the tree a car turned on its headlights and rushed out of the brush and chased us to the end of the dirt road on the Jamul side.
It was one of the scariest times of my life We had the proctor Valley Monster back in the 70's. The blue people didn't show up until the 80's. Had a few good times on Proctor Valley Road, but the weirdest thing out there were me and my friends! Ty of Spring Valley, ca. As a kid we all heard about the proctor valley monster. I grew up in the Spring Valley area. We use to go shooting on Procter Valley rd. We never seen anything crazy or outta this world, lol. I have drove down it in the middle of the night a few times to get to Chula Vista.
Drove that road almost every day for year straight. I can tell you the radio changing stations on its own is true. It got so damn annoying I would just turn it off from Jamul to East Lake. NP of Jamul, ca on said: Yes, I've heard of the blue people. There ones who single out people in remote areas of Jamul particularly procter valley road and taking them off the road and sacrificing them, also cattle. Brian Beeson of Chula Vista , ca on said: People all over the county know the stories.
The bakery foesure, we saw a black mass go down the hall way and then dissappear off the balcony and the basement was super creepy. The blue people do exist, they would come into our work in Rancho san diego and their skin complexion was totally blue purple, you would think it's something wrong with one person but for his wife and children to be blue too, very weird! Jauhn Hinkle of bonita, california on said: The most true is the animal mutilation version which was researched in detail by our local columnist Richard Pena.
Some kids on the 30s? Did string cow intestines on the barbed wire along the road. The teens parking in car may be backed up with a unincorporated ? The phenomenon in late 7os early 80s was a nude almost feral vagrant with unkept hair and nails who would watch parking teens until he reached some type of And then pound on the hood of the car violently then run away.
It's been a while since that happened. I drive it often.. There was a mutilated goat there 3 years ago but it appeared to be coyotes. Here's what I know for sure Don't jog or walk it alone even in the day without protection.
Weirdos will sometimes drive up slow beside you and show you a gun or leer menacingly. Brian of Jamul, CA on said: I have drove that road for 40 years, parted there so many nights it's hard to say. Off-roading day and night and never had anything weird happen. I do know the Blue People. Not a thing wrong with them, just a skin problem they got from taking meds in Mexico.
Ive been in jamul for 42 yrs and we never had a bakery. There's a Wallgreens about 10 miles away in el cajon. I dont know why that part of the story is even in there. I grew up partying as teens and early 20's in Proctor Valley I have been on that road several times the worst thing that happened to me was driving down that road with a friend and the vibration from the rough road knocked his intake loose that was it. Brian of Ledcock, Fenderbender gmail.
We used to call it Satan Farms. My Valhalla buddies and I from Class of 90 used to drive through there late at night. Mary of Jamul, Ca on said: Saw the "monster" once. Had gone many times looking for it. It was a very shaggy unkept horse. Actually kinda medium size to small. No killer in the shy fellow. It was daylight in the late 70s near sunset. The poor thing was out all alone just munching grass. It's coat was so long and tangled and matted that I was too scared to try to put a halter on it.
The blue people are real. Their kids played soccer with mine in Jamul for awhile. Never caught their names but extremely considerate and kind. Gail Kirby Hoover of Santee, California on said: In the 70's the story was the couple ran out of gas, he went for gas while she stayed in car. She heard scary noises through the night. Woke to find his severed head on hood of car. Police investigated a homicide. Larry eliason of jamul, ca on said: I drive that road every day for 12 years night and day.
The only thing I see are careless drivers trying to break their best time! Mary of Jamulon said: Yes there was the Haven Bakery off Vista Sage. It was torn down about 06 or so. It set back off the 94 with a little water mill next to it.
Dyann Zendejas of San diego, calif on said: I used to go to procter valley rd as a teenager. My friends and I would use it as a short cut to get back to Lemon Grove. It was a loney dirt road, and I would get so uneasy driving on it. My hair would stand up on end. I always would feel someone or something was watching us!!! After what ive read, Im sooo happy i never enoounterd the evil spirt that lives on Proctor Rd!!!!!
There was also a story back in , that there was a bus full of children that died at the bottom of some hill. And that if you drove there at night, and turned off your headlights and all the lights in your car for 10 minutes and continued to drive; when you turned headlights on again, there'd be hand prints on your car window from the "children" trying to stop your car from crashing.
I know the blue people, they're my grandparents. The only reason that their skin is blue was from taking a medicine called colloidal silver during the 's. RJ of Lakeside, ca on said: I have been to the Haven bakery in Jamul. It was by far the scariest place I've ever been. I've been through the whole house including the basement, in the middle of the night!! It took me 3 times visiting before I had the guts to enter the home.
We all played in the sweet water valley little league afew streets away from proctor valley rd. Never once were we told of any spirits or ghosts Grew up there went to Ella B. We had to pay for shuttle service to and from the airport. The ride is not long. They do time share presentation for those interested.
There is also Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins is also located off the lobby. All staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Eagle Beach is a short distance away. Our room was cleaned daily. The bathroom was very spacious with a walk-in shower. There was a tv in the bedroom and living room. It was a very pleasant experience although my sister was disappointed. Come not expecting Vegas or Atlantic City but a vacation resort. The sides of the fridge were all marked and the bathroom tub had so many chips I thought it was dart.
It also said LaCabana so does the mean it was their old one so they gave it to the Tropicana? It is being remodeled, we stayed in an older room which was very satisfactory. The pools are very nice and the staff is friendly. It takes over 3 Hours to check in and go thru customs!!! We left the resort at 11AM our flight was at 2: This is because you go thru US customs in Aruba after you go thru Aruba customs so you actually go thru customs twice. So plan for this when you depart. I love the island it is beautiful not a huge place but lots of places to visit.
The beaches are beautiful. I stayed in the Eagle beach area. Warm water,white sands the water feels like you are in a swimming pool. No huge waves to fight. We stayed at the Tropicana Resort and Casino. The resort is ok the things I didnt like are as follows. No activities for the guest if you go next door to La Cabana there have activities. They are under construction some of the rooms are not updated.
If you don't ask for an updated one you will surely get one of the older ones. Don't like wearing the tag on my hand. In all I still enjoyed the trip I would come again but to another resort. We did not want an all inclusive hotel as we don't drink or eat enough to make it worth our while. We didn't mind and were not bothered that we were in an older room as it was very nice and very clean. The pool and all of the grounds are gorgeous. Everything you need is at your fingertips.