I did a four-hour combination bike and hike today. I rode down Santa Teresa Boulevard to Bernal road, then climbed Bernal road to the top. I then entered Santa Teresa Park and hiked up the Coyote peak trail to the top. On the way up at a couple of steep sections, I got to try the “walk assist” mode on my Vado SL. It gives just enough assist so you don’t have to push the weight of the bike, a nice feature. I made it to the top by about 10:30, so it was still cool. Then back down to the parking lot and retraced my steps home. I was pleased that my Vado performed well on dirt (fire roads, mostly) but was glad to have good disk brakes to keep down my speed on the downhill. On the way back I did some intervals on Santa Teresa Boulevard which were fun using electric assist as I was able to exceed 20 mph with a headwind.
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I am a Mechanical Engineer born in 1953, Ph. D, Stanford, 1980. I have been active in the mechanical CAE field for decades. I also have a lifelong interest in outdoor activities and fitness. I have had both hips replaced and a heart valve replacement due to a genetic condition. This blog chronicles my adventures in staying active despite these bumps in the road. View all posts by BionicOldGuy