The day started out like any other, caravan’d down from SF , stopped in Morgan Hill for sustenance.
Meeting the beginner -intermediate riders at the San Martin Parking lot of Harvey Bear County Park was a breeze.
Clean facilities+ample people of all stripes. Dog walkers,Equestrians,Joggers, MB riders,+some just plain ol sightseer’s.
We had 12-15 or so riders show, 2 MORCA riders from Monterey and many ROMP peeps.
We quickly split into 2 swarms,and w trail maps in hand, we proceeded to do similar loops within this fantastic Santa Clara County Park.
The weather was mild,terrain allowed for steady climbs+fun single track descents.
Back to the vehicles at around 1pm, many of us headed for the Gilroy Hot Springs picnic site.
What a remarkable place to gather.
Laura from Friends of Gilroy Hot Springs(FOGHS) was kind enough to take us for an informative tour.
The Hot Springs dip was soon to follow, w many attendee’s simply soaking their toes in the tubs,and others(like me) choosing a full on immersion plunge.
The magic waters of the spring churtle out at a perfect 104 deg temp, easily filling the 2 large soaking tubs(think tupperware for giants)
Nothing could be more perfect as an apres ride treat,and many of us made full use of this soothing+peaceful place.
At 2pm ish, the caterer arrived w the savoi fare,we made quick work of the delicious grub,and what little was left, the folks camping overnight secured for snacking+ as the night fell.
A HUGE ROMP High 5 to Henry+Carla P for coordinating this yearly event, Norm+the Hulk for leading the beginner ride,FOGHS for their hospitality, Hank the Wank showing us that even the elders can turn the cranks, Paul for leading the super human loop in Henry Coe,Santa Clara County Parks for including MB riders at Harvey Bear and many other Parks within their jurisdiction, and everyone else for making this a very memorial day.
This area(FOGHS) is perfectly suited for us MB riders as base camp for not only Henry Coe rides,but there are many options for all ability riders+walkers straight from the FOGHS site.
We at ROMP will be arranging other happenings here, C’mon out+take part , you won’t regret it.