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The climb on Mt Charlie is 4.2 miles long with an elevation gain of 1240 feet. The initial gradient starts off at around 6-9% and levels out for a short bit before the climbing starts up again. There are several steeper sections ranging from 12-15%! The early morning fog and mist sets the tone for a quiet and mystical experience. You can actually hear and see the condensed water dripping from the canopy of trees above us. It's really beautiful back here!
At the top of Mt Charlie, we take a left onto Riva Ridge Rd. Riva can take you by surprise; it starts off very gradual at around 4%, which is then followed by a nice descent. Then you get hit with a short steep 14-17% climb!
On Hwy 9, we get a nice 6.1 miles sweeping fast descent on smooth wide pavement all the way to Hwy 236 and ride right back into the light fog.
We arrive at Rest Stop#3/LUNCH at the Ben Lomond Training Center-CDF, mile 45.7, 6795' elevation gain at 11:05 AM. I have half a turkey sandwich with lots of pickles, tomato and lettuce. I guzzle down a can of V8 and Coke too. I run into Ken E again along with his friends; Steve S and Lane. I also see Jack H here.
We make a right onto Ice Cream Grade and the sun is peeking through the redwoods; it's absolutely gorgeous here! WOW! The 2 mile stretch here starts off with a nice descent followed by gradients of 3-4% and increasing to 6-8%. The road levels out as you exit the redwood forest.
Avg Speed: 11.4 mph
Saddle Time: 8:53:59
Avg Climb: 5%
Max Climb: 19%
Nutrition: Maltodextrin mix, lots of water, some Gatorade, a can of V8, Mountain Dew, Coke, a banana, a few crackers with peanut butter, zucchini bread, strawberries, half turkey sandwich with pickles, tomato and lettuce.