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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Otra Vez - Antonio is in the house!

Today, I headed to our usual Marshal Canyon meeting point and was greeted with Meme packing up his bike!. There was a little mis-communication between us and he ended up at Oak Mesa 1 hour early. Meme rode up Marshal Canyon solo and at the time I arrived at Oak Mesa, he was finishing his ride and loading up. We talked a short while about his single speed and bike projects.

At 8:15 - 8:20 am, I started up Marshal Canyon. Although there were many riders on the trail, like Meme, I too was riding solo. One mile above Marshal Canyon Equestrian Center, I spotted Antonio. Antonio is a MC regular. We talked a short while before agreeing to ride up to Yellow Gate together. He pretty much lead the whole way up with no breaks until the top of Cobol Canyon. From there we headed down Cobol Canyon and at the Burbank intersection, I yelled Otra Vez and we decided to do another loop.

Riding up Burbank on my Single Speed was challenging but with Antonio to talk to the time past by fairly quickly. Antonio, 47, is a father of four, three girls and one boy. He works in construction and started riding two years ago when he was temporarily laid off from work. Starting out, he did a lot of street riding until a co-worker showed him Cobol Canyon. The rest was history. He's a really nice guy and I told him we'll hook up again and do a road bike ride up Glendora Mountain Road. I think he'll like the climb.

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