Today was probably the most beautiful in the history of time. My friend, colleague, and fellow cyclist Peter Rogan, based in London, flew out for Aperio's annual sales meeting, which meant we did our annual pilgrimage up Mount Palomar. We began at Lake Henshaw, rode the 10 miles to the base of the South Grade, and then blew up the hill; 3,000' at 7% with 23 switchbacks up to 5,500', just like Alpe d'Huez. We had chili at Mother's (of course), visited the most excellent Palomar Observatory (of course), and then descended the beautiful East Grade back down to Lake Henshaw. Overall about 40 miles and about 4,000' of climbing, and as I said on a perfect day.
Some pics from the ride: