Monday was a perfect day for a bike ride, and that is what we did about 9;30 am. We have not done a lot of bicycling over the past 3 months, and this would only be the second time in that span, so we are a little rusty to say the very least. It was TLE's choice whether to ride our singles (Cannondale F600 and Cannondale Bad Boy), or the tandem (Cannondale), and she chose the singles. The ride from our location on Rockhouse Road to the traffic circle (Christmas Circle) is exactly 7.8 miles, so round trip is just under 16 miles........easy for me, and doable to TLE. After checking each of the bikes over (air pressure in tires, wheel alignment, lube, cyclo computers, etc.) we were on our way.
Initially when we turned on to S-22 it was downhill at a 1-3% grade for about a mile, and then it leveled off a little, but we were still gradually losing elevation all the way into Borrego Springs.....of course this means the ride back will be all uphill, and you can be sure TLE was intimately aware of that fact.