As we finish the last hot days of the year, I’m reminded of a Mt. Hamilton ride during the 1980s when a little heat didn’t slow us down. We rode in 105 degree temperatures, all day. Our route took us to the back side of Mt. Hamilton, Livermore, and back to our start in Milpitas via Calaveras Road — 102 miles.
I’m amazed we did it as I look back on it. We could just as easily have turned back at the summit.
It occurred to me that I could use our Misty Mate on hot rides. These hand-operated water pumps put out a satisfying mist spray. They would be perfect for a bike ride. I’ve used them on hot days around the house, but never on a bike ride. I’ll try it out and let you know how it works − next year. We’ve probably seen the last of the hot days in the San Francisco Bay Area.