Heat, snakes, ticks, and poison oak

Last week I drove over to Winters in Yolo County to pedal through the far western edge of the Central Valley and up into the foothills of the range separating Yolo from Napa County. Today I drove to Lake Berryessa in Napa County on the opposite side of those hills.

From the lake, I wanted to pedal up Berryessa-Knoxville Road toward Lake County. It’s a remote, crappy, unmaintained road, but there is almost no traffic. I think I might have seen ten cars, of which three were the same Fish and Wildlife pickup truck with a friendly warden. Saw one ranch within a couple of miles of the lake, but no other habitation and no people along the road all the way up and back.

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10 response to "Heat, snakes, ticks, and poison oak"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: July 31, 2020

    Gee- whizz. Cycling up hills in 100 degrees, glad you recovered. Enjoying some winter coolness here.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 1, 2020

      A breath of winter coolness would have been welcome when the little digital thermometer showed 110 F (43 C), even though I know it always runs hot.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 1, 2020

      And I picked what was supposed to be the coolest — or perhaps least hot — day in the forecast. As the Fish and Wildlife warden told me, “At least it’s not one of those really hot inferno days….”

  2. By: gregblood Posted: July 31, 2020

    “Heat, snakes, ticks, poison oak.” Did you mention any of those things when you told The Ace Support Crew that you were going for a bike ride?

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 1, 2020

      For some unknown reason she didn’t want to come along and explore some of the nearby hiking trails….

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 31, 2020

    Great photos and a challenging (to say the least) ride.
    That is some DRY territory!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 1, 2020

      Amen to dry. That’s what happens there every summer in that neck of the woods. In the winter, however, it’s lush and green and the creeks run high and fast. Unlike most of the Midwest and East Coast, around here the landscape is green in winter and brown in summer.

  4. By: BobinVT Posted: July 31, 2020

    Looks like a great ride. I love those kind of roads. As I’ve said previously though, I’ll take a pass on the temperature!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 1, 2020

      You are a wise man, Bob! The forecast high was 95 or 96. I figured by the time it got that hot I would be on a gradual downhill, so — along with the usual low humidity — the heat wouldn’t really be too bad. Silly me. I didn’t factor in that sirocco headwind blowing up the narrow valley in the afternoon and sucking every last molecule of moisture out of everything. On the other hand, I really thought I was fine — guzzling plenty of water and Gatorade — until I jumped up on that rock at the end. Then I suddenly realized I was thoroughly cooked. But it all ended well, except for the stern words from my ace support crew when I got home.

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