|On the Ponderosa Way Bridge.|
I decided to combine these two rides, starting at the old park and ride besides the long departed Dingus McGee's restaurant, just off I-80. The restaurant is completely razed now, and the park and ride doesn't really look like it's being used but at least its not fenced off, it seems that you are free to use it. From here, depart and ride up the short climb to Placer Hills Road, taking a left on that road to Weimar Crossing Road. Take a left and climb into Weimar proper, a tiny village that sits off I-80. You have to take a left across the offramp to get to Weimar itself, the sign shown below should be apparent. At this point you are now on Ponderosa Way! (Turning right on Ponderosa), you will continue on this road all the way to Foresthill Road on the other side of the river.
|Starting on Ponderosa Way in Weimar.|
Ponderosa Way is a winding and hilly road, pretty fun going in this direction. Eventually you come to the boundary of the wonderful Auburn State Recreation Area.
|Entering the State Recreation Area.|
|Umm, may have a problem!|
|Pinched this view from last year's ride, heading south to the river on Ponderosa.|
|Taken on the Ponderosa Way Bridge, looking east.|
|The reason for the road closure: some of these washouts stretched clear across the road.|
|Overlooking the river canyon on the south side of the river.|
|What the closure looked like from the other side!|
|On Yankee Jim's Road|
|At the Yankee Jim's/Shirttail Canyon junction.|
|Along Yankee Jims Road.|
Combining these two rides worked out well, the road closure actually was a blessing in disguise! I highly recommend this route for Sacramento area gravel riders.
|Screen shot of the MapMyRide plot.|
This ride was the kind of ride I bought the Felt for and I was not disappointed in it! I've made a couple of changes to the stock bike; most recently I added an 11-34T cassette giving me a 1:1 low gear. The biggest change were the tires. Installing the 700X42C Conti Speed Rides really brought this bike into its own. The tires' actual width is 39mm on my rims-a good thing too- since they really are the widest tires that would fit between the bike's chainstays!
|A couple of shots showing the clearance allowed by the V100's chainstays. The Conti Speed Rides' are listed as 42C, but actually measure around 39 mm on my rims.|
The 34 tooth cassette gives me an an adequate low gear now. There was a slight problem with the drivetrain; the chain would occasionally skip in the lowest gear, but that was a derailleur adjustment issue which I have fixed.
Overall, the Felt handled very well, I am very satisfied with its performance on gravel