Half Moon Bay-Gazos Creek-Canyon loop – Sun 3/20

Thanks Jeff, for leading us on a fabulous Sunday afternoon ride down the coast. Ten of us, including several of the elusive she-wolves, joined Jeff on this ride. Riders included David G., Erik L., Patrick H., Bill B., Liz A., Anne Z., Chris R. and Scott S.

HMB Gazos group

We started at the southern end of Half Moon Bay at the fire station, heading south to do a 20 mile stretch of Highway 1, on a wonderfully clear morning with a nice tail wind.

HMB Highway 1

This stretch of the coastline is fairly flat, with a few short climbs, one as we passed by San Gregorio State Beach. We continued on down the coast, past Pompano and Pescadero State Beaches and turned onto Gazos Creek Road.

This led us inland where we hope to be protected from that nice NW tail wind that carried us down, sections were protected, but we had a bit of wind and most of the climbing is in the 30+ mile return to Half Moon Bay. Nothing to terribly difficult, but then looking at this Klimb profile after a ride it does look impressive!

HMB Klimb update

We stopped in Pescadero and had lunch, before continuing on Stage Road to San Gregorio. We jumped back on Highway 1 for a brief stretch till Tunitas Creek Road.

HMB loop

We did not take this all the way to Skyline, but turned and took the Lobitos Creek Cutoff back to Highway 1 for a quick jaunt, and then again we turned off the highway onto Verde to catch Purisma Creek Road and our final climb of the day, before a nice downhill back to the fire station in Half Moon Bay.

Thanks again, Jeff. Looking forward to that next ride!