Santa Cruz Mountains

View from Capitola, California of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Santa Cruz Mountains are covered with Redwoods or Live Oaks, depending on moisture availability. They rise up slowly from the Monterey Bay for ten miles and then descend quickly to the next valley. They have provided me with an endless variety of hills to explore.Continue reading “Santa Cruz Mountains”

The Steepest Hill in Santa Cruz

In Santa Cruz County, a few miles back in the redwoods, is a Buddhist retreat. In order to see the Buddha (there are several there), one must ride up the steepest hill in Santa Cruz (26% grade). At least it is the steepest paved road I have ridden here, and I have ridden most ofContinue reading “The Steepest Hill in Santa Cruz”