Summer 2016

Songs have a way of elevating the overall mood of summer adventures.  In most adventures the mood is celebratory and liberating.  A road trip down HWY 1 in California for example is always better with “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flats.  The carefree melodic tone of this song takes smiling to another level.  May...
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Iron Mountain Road Climb

Iron Mountain Road Climb   Level of Difficulty:  Difficult (5200′ total climbing) Riding Time: 5 hours  Printable Area Map:  Iron Mountain Climb  (Adobe Acrobat required) Season to Ride:  Summer through Early Fall Description:  Wow… every time I do this ride, I promise myself to do it more often.  The ride is scenic, has generally light traffic (though sometimes on weekends...
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Deer Valley Ponderosa Loop

Shingle Springs / Deer Valley / Ponderosa Loop Level of Difficulty:  Moderate (1700′ total climbing) Riding Time: 2 hours  Printable Area Map:  Deer Valley / Ponderosa Loop  (Adobe Acrobat required) Season to Ride:  All year – except coldest winter days. Ideal in Spring and Fall.  Summer afternoons may be too hot. Description:  This is a good ride at lower elevations...
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Winter Season

The winter season in Northern California is filled with unpredictable weather.  So far it has been cold.  Everyone is in great anticipation of some much needed rain. The recent forecast does have rain on the radar. The ski resorts wish it would just snow for days.  Boa Vista Orchards is featuring apple donuts and hot...
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Apple Hill Cable Road Loop

    Cable Road Loop Level of Difficulty: Moderate (2000′ total climbing) Riding Time: 2 hours (moderate pace) Printable Area Map:  Cable Rd. Loop  (Adobe Acrobat required) Season to Ride:  Spring through Summer Description:  One of the most favorite local rides.  Very scenic all the way throughout.  Can be ridden Spring, Summer and on warmer winter days.  Avoid riding during...
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Back to School

Back to school and bike riding. Cycling helps invigorate the brain.  Could cycling before the dreaded homework assignment make it go smoother, make it bearable, help it in any way shape or form? Seems logical to me.  This week I will set out to get opinions, gather more info. Feel free to comment below. – Andrew...
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Weekly Events – July 7 thru 13th

Lots of fun things every week in Placerville.  Be sure to check out my recommendations on the calendar page on this site.  Another good resource is allplacervilleevents.com ...
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