Once a year San Jose Bike Party
hosts Bike The Limits, a "self supported 100 mile bike ride". That
means that we start at San Jose City Hall at 8 AM, and then you're
on your own with a good route sheet to do the ride. In practice,
that means that we ride as a group for a while. Then the traffic
lights start breaking us into smaller groups. For the first 20
miles or so I devoted all my energies to keeping up with the
riders ahead of me. Then after we turned from Santa Teresa to
Bailey I saw a porta-potty with no lock by the side of the road
and stopped to use it. Those ahead of us were long gone by the
time Virginia and I got going again, even though we were only
stopped for a couple of minutes.
Then about two thirds of the way up
Bailey I looked to my right and thought "That's a beautiful view.
Gotta take a picture!"
Bailey is a two lane road with not
much of a shoulder. The trees were constantly urging us to take
the lane, but I'd fight back when I heard a car coming behind me.
Fortunately there wasn't that much traffic.
By this time mostly it was just
Virginia and I. She had the route on her smart phone, and my paper
directions had flown away because I hadn't taped them to the
handlebars before we started rolling. She'd tell me the next turn
and I'd look for that name at every intersection. Maybe that
wasn't as fast as following the zoomers would have been, but we
kept moving forward and didn't make any mistakes. I heard later
that Luke had to ride eight extra miles because he missed a turn
and got lost.
After a bunch more miles Santiago,
Suraj, and Jonathan caught up with us. They must have stopped at
Callero Resevoir and let us pass them then or something like that.
Anyhow, we all stopped at Vasona Park to use the restrooms and
refill our water bottles. After that they zoomed off ahead again.
This time we didn't catch them again.
We stopped on Rainbow Drive in
Cupertino to eat peanut butter sandwiches. By that time I was
tired of carrying the camera and just wanted to keep moving
forward. I snapped a candid shot of Virginia catching up on others
from the event's facebook page. Then I put it away in my trunk.
To make a long story short, we were
the last ones to finish, setting a new record for slowest Bike The
Limits time. We finished at about 9:11 PM. I took those pictures
to prove we got there.