Mountain Charlie


Google Earth Image.

Mountain Charlie road in Santa Cruz is my favorite ride. It’s only about 14 miles round trip, but what it lacks in distance it makes up for in altitude, sharp twisty one lane roads and best of all some the largest Redwoods in county. My riding friend Tom Walsh and I try and ride it once or twice a week. We’ve had to switch to mountain bikes recently due to the cracked and potholed pavement. Our wrists just could not take the vibrations no matter how many layers of tape we added to our handlebars. Mountain bikes are slower, but for us old guys they are  a lot more comfortable.

Above are my stats from Friday’s ride. It was a rainy, foggy, but not too cold ride. We finished at the Big Tree. The picture below shows only half of this great trees’ width. It’s over 260 feet tall and over 1000 years old.
-john

Mountain Charlie