After reading about the tack attack on Kings Mountain Road, I decided to scratch my plan to ride there.
Turns out the tacks were spread over 50 yards back in June, but an effort to raise a $10,000 reward to catch the criminal made news, again.
I took various paths and expressways to make it over Dumbarton Bridge and then around Coyote Hills and along Alameda Creek.
That reminds me of the time I rode over Dumbarton with Jobst Brandt and friends on April 17, 1983, six months after the new span opened, while on our way to watch the Coors Devil’s Cup Criterium in Walnut Creek, won by Steve Tilford.
Because we were following Jobst, you can be sure we did the unexpected, which meant riding ON THE BRIDGE road, not the separated bike path on the south side.
Back then the striping was four lanes, two each direction, with a generous shoulder, so we rode without being hassled. Striping increased to three lanes after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Due to construction near Crow Canyon Road, we also had to cross Interstate 580.
I’ve lived here long enough to remember driving over the OLD Dumbarton Bridge. Narrow would be the operative word.