All nine of us arrived in Plymouth on Thursday evening for another fabulous weekend of food, riding and friends in Gold Country.
Friday’s Mt. Aukum Hill Climb proved to be a perfect day, leaving Plymough we headed up Shenadoah Road to Somerset for lunch, we then back tracked to Fairplay and then it’s the warm up rollers on Perry Gulch Road before the five mile climb up Slug Gluch Road (where I’m happy to report that I beat my time from last year by 11 minutes, thank you Strava for making that so easy to compare!) The 9.5 mile climb up Omo Ranch Road to nearly 5,000 feet is a nice climb, and from there it is more or less 25 miles of all downhill, and my favorite part is Shake Ridge Road, it is one of the prettiest stretches of roads I think I’ve done.
Saturday’s ride took all nine of us south from Plymouth to Sutter Creek, with several of those “wake-up” climbs, just to get you going before you are ready. After coffee and a regroup at Thomi’s Coffee & Eatery, it’s another beautiful stretch of road to Volcano, and our lunch stop. Leaving Volcano, the next climb of the day is up Rams Horn Grade, only 800 feet in 2+ miles, and then we head back to Sutter Creek on the lower section of Shake Ridge Road (from yesterday’s route.) From Sutter Creek, we head west towards Ion, and then the ride ends with another lovely stretch of road on Old Sacramento Road back to Plymouth.