Rancharia Ride and Barbeque
Amy Abele has again invited us to come to her family's ranch overlooking San Jose on Mount Hamilton Road for a ride and barbeque. It is always a fun and popular occasion.
We will meet at the ranch at 9 AM on Saturday, Sept. 20, and ride up Mount Hamilton Road to the observatory on the summit. You can hang out at the top, take a tour of the Lick observatory, or, if you are ambitious, ride down the other side and back up. The ride up the San Jose side is long but not steep: the road was graded to allow horses to haul observatory equipment to the top. The back side is much steeper.
After the ride we will have a barbeque at the ranch. Bring a dish to share, something to barbeque, and something to drink.
The driveway to the ranch is on the left as you go up Mt Hamilton Road, a little past Clayton Road. The driveway is off a bend in Mt. Hamilton Road. The road bends to the right. There is a wide gravel shoulder with an emergency call box at the driveway. Call Amy at (925) 686-3434 if you need more information.
Wednesday Evening Rides Return
Spring is coming! With Daylight Saving Time we will resume the Wednesday evening Mount Diablo rides. We ride up Northgate Road to the junction ranger station. We usually smooze for a while at the junction and then ride back down Northgate, or go down Southgate and back on Danville Boulevard. Sometimes a few will go to the summit. There are two starting points: Heather Farms park, or the Mormon church on Northgate, one block from Castle Rock. The Heather Farms riders start first and swing by the church 15 minutes later.
The rides resume on March 12. The starting time depends on how much daylight we have. The schedule is as follows:
|Months||Heather Farm||Mormon Church|
|March & April||4:30||4:45|
|May through August||5:15||5:30|