it was a warm and smokey start at the Lowell marina as the three participants prepared for the ride. Forest fires to the west coupled with a lack of recent rain were the source of the smoke. Actually, the three riders had met earlier at the Sunrise Cafe in Pleasatn Hill for breakfast. As a result, everyone had plenty of calories to aid in the upcoming ride. The road had more cars than usual, but the route was perfect for the unusually warm day-mostly shady and abutting water. The lush greenery helped preserve the cool feeling which we all appreciated. The last few miles before our lunch spot at Puma Campground was was through the area burned by a forest fire several years ago. Although it is open and stark, the understory is beginning to fill in and provides an interesting variation in the ride's landscape. The ride back to Lowell is always a pleasure. It is a gradual downgrade making for a relatively quick and relaxing return.Members: Stewart Hoeg, Bill Aspegren, Richard Hughes.
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