It started innocently enough, a gentle climb on Santa Rosa Creek Road leaving Cambria. The ride continued that way until about 1,100 feet altitude. Suddenly the road jerked up three times with 18 percent pitches before the summit at 1,800 feet.
I plunged down the backside toward Hwy 46 into horse country. On the way back I was entertained by a swarm of flies buzzing around my head, as I was unable to reach fly-escape-velocity. Lovely. The temperature went from 49 degrees and fog to 78 degrees and sun.