report and photos by Eric (Auk) Akiyoshi, The Path Bike Shop Ambassador Race Team
The annual Path Bike Shop Turkey Day Ride rolled out of the Maple Springs trailhead at 6:30am or so with temps in the mid-forties. Dense fog socked in the lowlands of Tustin, but at the trailhead, sunny skies and crisp weather welcomed 15 riders to conquer the Maple Springs pavement and experience epic views from Four Corners.
Neil quickly moved to the lead position with Brian (The Lad), Melody, and Auk in tow with Gregg sweeping the rest of the group along. Good spirits (literally and figuratively) were in store as group reformed at the transition to the dirt. As the group gain elevation and rode out of the fog, blue, sunny skies greeted the group and conversations rolled on as easily as the climb to Four Corners.
Hitting the trail early meant virtually no traffic on the trail for the climb. Another regrouping (and enjoying of good spirits) at Four Corners and the group moved onto the Motorway. Auk had to split early and headed back down Maple Springs; passed a grip of people (probably over a hundred).
One of the more memorable groups was Andrew from Shimano, riding with his family: towing his daughter, complete with a rainbow colored teddy bear stuffed in the hydration pack for company.
Like Neil said on Facebook, it was a great ride. We couldn't have asked for a better way to remind everyone of the many things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving 2012.