The original plan for today was some early morning photography followed by a leisurely 30-mile trail ride with Juli. She's not been riding much lately and I was looking forward to the recovery loop, but dramatic clouds and near perfect light kept us out all day shooting. I managed ten miles of short hops and "photo intervals" during the day, but it was imagery and not mileage that motivated us.
I'm still dizzy from all the circling so today's post is somewhat abbreviated. I can say I absolutely love the cut of my red Lightweight Softshell Jacket pictured in action first thing this morning in the Alviso Ghost Town. The moment I tried this on Friday it became my favorite Rapha Jacket... this constant improvement really has to stop. Alviso in the 1800s was a busy backwater port with a dark reputation for gambling and prostitution. Time and flooding have washed most of it away. What's left now is an echo of better preserved places like Bodie in the Sierras, but we found a good location on Hope Street under a welcoming kit of pigeons (how's that for serendipity)
From Alviso we could see a canopy of soft diffused light drifting over the Eastern Foothills so we drove up into the gloaming and followed picturesque Calaveras Road as it wound it's way up, over and down the backside past the reservoir of the same name. This is a remote road with little vehicular traffic, but a fair number of cyclists passed the two of us working at half a dozen points along the road. I can't wait to come back soon and ride this for real.
After spending three hours in the hills, we dropped back down into the valley, made a pit stop at home to swap gear and went straight out again to the Guadalupe River trail that runs through downtown San Jose and under the highway complex of 280 and 87. We just scratched the pictorial surface of the route complete with bounced light from nearby high rises as the sun sank over the Coastal range. Juli shot more than 1,000 images which I edited down to about 50 selects tonight. It was hard work but we've got plenty of good stuff to show for it. With so much photography in the bank, we'll definitely get that trail ride in next weekend.