05/16/20 SS - lots of folks out as they just reopened the parking lot. Counted 245 hikers on the ride. Saw 5 Linked Cycling guys at the meadow so chatted with them for a bit. Lovely temps out - perfect actually. Did better on the SS today than I thought. Saw a decent sized rattler and also a gopher snake on my ascent.
03/16/19 SS - did the mind over matter thing and went in spite of my head cold and total congestion. Hoped the heat would help cook this crud out. Lovely temps and gorgeous weather. Stopped once to fuel at mile 7, and actually did better than I thought after being sick the past week. 38 to 1st grate and 1:14 to gate. Chatted with a guy at the Beek's gate on the return.