May 21, 2005--The 36th annual edition of the Davis Double took place under sunny skies with warm temperatures--some of the best weather that Campy Only has seen on our 22 trips around the DC course.  About 900 riders were signed up, and everyone we saw was having a great time, aided by the numerous helpful rest stop workers and the legions of sag vehicles.

Campy Only's weapon of choice (for the second year) was our fixed-gear Soma, this time equipped with 50x19 gearing (one tooth higher than last year's 50x20--a little harder on the uphills, but nicer on the flats and downhills).

We stopped at every rest stop--partly to enjoy to the rest stop goodies, and partly to let our legs stop moving for a while. 

Our target time for the ride was 14 hours, and we ended up finishing in 13:59--a full 90 minutes faster than last year! (BTW, we did the math and figured it took about 54,000 pedal strokes--yes, pedaling every inch of the way--to go around the entire DC course.)

And now ... the photos.  Email us if you would like a slighter higher-res version, or if you can ID any of the folks in the photos.

Rest Stop #1
Farnham Ranch
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Arriving at RS 1
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Leaving the rest stop
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Chasing our shadow
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On the way to Winters
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Heading for first climb of the day
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First glimpse of Monticello Dam

Rest Stop #2
Monticello Dam
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Monticello Dam rest stop
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Ride fast uphill ...
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... then wait for a potty
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In the Capay Valley
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Rest Stop #3
Nichelini Winery
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Rest stop at the winery picnic area
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Watering up--a very good idea on a warm day
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Our bike takes a rest
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Heading for Pope Valley
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We've been going by this barn for more than 20 years...It's still scenic
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Nice shady roads on this part of the course

Rest Stop #4
Pope Valley Grange Hall
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Rest stop at the Pope Valley Grange Hall
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Clem Bartolai, beloved former mayor of Sierra Madre. This was his 6th Davis DC--at age 68!
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Tom's brand-new Richard Sachs came out to play on the DC
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We pulled over to take this shot. Glad we did--check it out
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The summit before the Guenoc Winery
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Guenoc Winery...
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...and the reservoir across the way
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By the way, it's pronounced in the French manner: "Zhe-NO," not "Gway-nock"

Rest Stop #5
Middletown High School
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Rest stop 5, at Middletown High School
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Watering up again
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Heading for Big Canyon
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Smile! You're almost at rest stop 6!

Rest Stop #6
Big Canyon
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Waiting for riders at rest stop 6
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Heading for lunch

Lunch!!
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At the lunch
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Another gratuitous shot of our fixed-gear bike
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Beth from B and L Bike Shop helps get another rider back on the road
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Cresting the first apres-lunch summit
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Sandy takes a break
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Nearing the top of Resurrection
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When you see the Oasis, you're almost there
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There it is ... the top!

Rest Stop #7
Resurrection
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Resurrection rest stop
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Amenities included a wading pool to soothe hot, tired feet
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Starting the long descent
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Rest Stop #8
Guinda Fire Station
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This little worker helped keep the wading pool full
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Finding a shady spot

Rest Stop #9
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A nice, festive spot
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We like this photo
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Bob!
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Another gratuitous (and slightly shady) photo of Campy Only's Eric Norris
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Rest stop babes. Woo hoo!
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Last gratuitous shot of Campy Only's fixed gear, watched over by a paper parrot

Rest Stop #10
Plainfield Fire Station
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View from the rest stop
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Goodies here included their famous chili, as well as grilled cheese sandwiches
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Heading for Davis
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Sandy B. Sandy was also on a fixed gear!

The Finish!!
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Sandy savors post-ride lasanga
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The finish
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Our last stop of the day--burgers at In-N-Out

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