|The relatively gnarly 'warm up' climb on Highland Valley Road.|
|These roadside cuties sure weren't starving for any breakfast!|
|Pausing at the top of the 2nd bumps thru the winery gives you a good survey of the suffering to come.|
|By the time you get to this bit, the 3rd switchback, you're already cursing the day you were born.|
|The Snowman Boulder is still guarding the last icky steep (about 22% grade) ramp on Camino del Aguila.|
|Starvation Mtn peak is well guarded. You must go up 22+% grader to get to the balcony, no matter from which direction you attack this hill from.|
Mind you, every body I saw on the mountain was very friendly, though, waving and saying hello as they drove by. It sort of reminded me of my days in rural Missouri. People are much more friendly in person than they are in the news or online...
|It was bone dry under Kreitzer Ped/Bike bridge over Lake Hodges. This was just before the winter storms hit last winter, of course!|
I know I had pretty much swore off ever pedaling up Starvation Mtn again on my way up.... but hills like this have a way of inflicting you with short-term memory loss of some sort and I want to go back up it again already. Before I do, though, there are a few other hills to check off my 'Re-Hit List' first...