Monday Monday – Mission Accomplished! almost

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Saturday I set out, once again, with Dr. McBikey and some other people from FMRC to conquer Mt. Diablo. The goal this time was to make it all the way to the top, starting from the Danville side. My previous attempts ended at the junction which is labled ‘ranger station’ in the image below. That is at about 2200 feet or something like that.

I made it! All except the last little bit known variously as ‘The Grind’, ‘The Wall’, or ‘The Cherry On Top’. In any case that last 50 yards is really steep and very difficult to climb and I was too freaked out about falling over to attempt it so I stopped and pushed my bike up the last part.

Here is an elevation map of the last 5 miles ending just below ‘the cherry’ (click to enlarge)

I made it up 3749 feet of vertical climb so I’m declaring victory! Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go attend to my training tapeworm!

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10 Responses to Monday Monday – Mission Accomplished! almost

  1. stronger says:

    It’s a big deal to continue after the ranger station! And those last few feet are a monster! I remember the day I set out to get to the top…like yesterday. That was a good day. Thanks for the flashback and congrats on your climb.

  2. LBTEPA says:

    OMG my behind hurts just looking at that chart – WELL DONE YOU!!!

  3. LBTEPA says:

    OMG my behind hurts just looking at that chart – WELL DONE YOU!!!

  4. swtrigal says:

    Som SERIOUS climbing there!!

  5. Bob says:

    Ack, that is a climb, I am truly a flat lander. You on the other hand rock. And I have tape worms after long rides as well, so odd.

  6. Jen says:

    Holy crap! I know people ride up that thing but I still cannot fathom it. Maybe one day!! You are amazing. Great job.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow! I’m impressed – that’s a hell of a climb over that distance.

  8. fe-lady says:

    Hills are your friends….
    (And doesn’t’ it feel great to conquer them!? Congrats on a great ride!)

  9. fe-lady says:

    Hills are your friends….
    (And doesn’t’ it feel great to conquer them!? Congrats on a great ride!)

  10. bex says:

    You rock! I need to do that ride sometime. And man, that is a lovely, CLEAR picture of the mountains. Not smoggy like here in LA.

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