|Cosmos Coffee in La Mesa is a favorite fueling spot for local cyclists.|
|DD & Dark Horse making light of the Kenwood Dr climb.|
|Kenwood Dr is a pleasant little curvester.|
|The Dark Horse showing his KoM form on Crest Dr.|
The Dark Horse was built for the steep stuff, however, and he sprung very admirably lightly up the double digit ramps and soon disappeared from view as DD and I crept our way to the crest of the hill... where a family of peacocks is always crossing the road. Don't ask me why, but they always seem to wait around the side of the road until we came along huffing and puffing, and then they'd herd their chicks across to the other side of the street while shooting stinger looks as if we were causing them inconvenience!
|DD soldiering her way up the 16% grade ramp on Lamar St.|
|The family of peacocks at the crest of Lamar Dr climb.|
|Sweetwater Reservoir... looking as depressingly low as all the other reservoirs in San Diego County!|
|Apple St just about does me in... every time!|
|What is life without a little suffering, ay?|
|Another turn up another steep ramp on Lavelle St on Mt Helix.|
|The Dark Horse enjoying the view from Mt Helix Dr's 2nd ring.|
|It was miserable at the top, I tell you!|
Grossmont is quite overshadowed by Mt Helix, but it is quite a gem! Narrow lanes lined by boulders and old growths, with gorgeous houses blending into the landscape. The local folks are really nice, too. It's a close knit neighborhood up there where folks walk around knowing all the neighbors' names... along with their (usually off-leash) dogs. One local pooch came out to say hello as we crested the hill, though we weren't nearly as attention-commanding to him as his master's tennis ball. Once he spotted that bouncy little green thing we no longer even registered at all!
|Top of Grossmont|