OYJ Two Bridges – Three Counties 2010

Tested out a new route that heads north from Oakland and heads over the Carquinez Bridge returning via the Benicia Bridge. Despite getting lost and having to backtrack up a hill, which always sucks, it was a great ride.
Encountering the wholly unexpected 18% climb of Magazine Street was a shock to the system and sucked some the life out of my legs. The section of the Bay Trail along the shores of Benicia was particularly nice. I had never been to downtown Benicia and was surprised to find such a quaint downtown.
The section following the Benecia Bridge to the finish at Pleasant Hill BART was seriously onerous, but the weather held up and we didn’t see even a single rain drop. Not a bad day in the saddle.
Miles: 55.53 mi
Ride Time: 4:00:39
MPH: 13.8 mph
Max Speed: 35.9 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,024 ft
Flats: 0
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Here’s the route map:

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