Iron Horse Trail V

For the second consecutive day, my brother Mark and I had a long morning bike ride. Yesterday we rode the Alameda Creek Trail in Fremont. This morning, we repeated a ride that we made last month on the Iron Horse Trail.

At 5:45 AM our bikes were racked on my car and we drove to the Castro Valley BART station, where we caught a BART train at 6:15 AM to ride to Pleasant Hill. On most Sundays, BART service begins at 8:30 AM and we couldn’t catch a Sunday train this early in the morning. However, on this particular Sunday morning BART trains were in service early to accommodate the crowds heading to San Francisco for the annual “Bay To Breakers” race. We took advantage of the early BART schedule to begin our ride early, so we’d finish riding before noon and avoid the afternoon heat in the Diablo Valley.

At 7:30 AM our BART train arrived at the Pleasant Hill BART station where we joined the Iron Horse Trail and began our bike ride south to Dublin.

We rode south on the Iron Horse Trail for 19.8 miles through Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, and Dublin. Then we hopped on BART at the Dublin/Pleasanton station for the return ride home to Castro Valley station. We were back home at 11 AM.

This was the first time in decades that I’d had long bike rides on two consecutive days. The total riding distance the 2 days was 41 miles. I felt pretty good at the beginning of today’s ride, despite having ridden the day before, but I’ll admit that I was pretty tired during the last several miles today.