Until today I've only ridden with groups and at the most tooled around my neighborhood after a group ride meetup where we met down the street from my house but today I ventured out on my own! My biggest fear was a flat because I've never had one! Yeah for tubeless tires and worst case scenario there is always Lyft😉
Today I would like to mention the first half of a very interesting route in the East Bay. If you like riding on roads that twist through the hills then you have probably been on this road before, Mines Rd. going south out of Livermore CA. This road is particularly fun because it is not too far away from things like fuel stations but it gets you far enough away that you get the feeling of the country.
The road is what you would expect of an Alameda/Santa Clara county road. Paved well and not too beat up. The counties maintain the road just fine and keep it from becoming dangerous.
This road offers some incredible views as well as some challenging corners to keep you interested. Along the way you can stop off at Lake Del Valle or this picnic area along the way. The best part is a place called The Junction. It is where Mines Rd. and Hwy 130 meet, where the southern pin is dropped. I can personally attest that the BLT there is spectacular! The Junction is a favorite for motorcyclists while on the route.
Now when you reach the intersection of Mines and 130, if you head straight on you will eventually hit Mt. Hamilton and then San Jose. If you turn left, there is a cool spring you can stop at, picture to come later, and eventually hit I-5.
This is a great route to practice cornering on, as there are a lot, take slow on an afternoon ride, or take a group and ride to get lunch. However you like to make your adventure Mines Rd. should be a place to visit. Until then, shiny side up!