February 18, 2006--The weather reports were looking a little ominous the day for this year's Butterfield Double Century: forecasters were calling for scattered showers most of the day, as well as colder temperatures brought on by an advancing low pressure system from the north. Not the all-out storming that turned last year's Butterfield DC into the "Butterflood," but enough to be worried about.

Ride day dawned with a mix of clear sky and clouds,  but the skies started looking darker, and about half an hour into the ride the rain did come down, but only for a while. The rest of the day saw us riding on a lot of wet roads that showed that rain had been coming down, but we stayed dry--and cold.

In preparation for the upcoming Big Fix cross-country ride, Mojo Cosgrove and Campy Only's Eric Norris took to the course on our fixed-gear bicycles, joined by another fixed gear rider, Tustin-based Calvin (who ended up smoking us by an hour ...)  Despite the ride's 8,500 (official) feet of climbing, we turned in sub-14-hour times for the ride, finishing ahead of many "gearly" riders on so-called "regular" bikes ...

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Day before, and the streets were wet
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Raindrops. Would they come back on ride day?
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Ride day: Checking in
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Mojo signs in
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Getting ready for the 6:15 a.m. start
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Lots of rain gear and jackets in the paceline
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First ride photo--heading for Santiago Canyon
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On Villa Park
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Looking back at the paceline
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First big downhill
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Rest Stop 1, Trabuco Canyon
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Wet weather had been here not long before
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Climbing out of Trabuco Canyon
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Bright skies ahead!
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Saddleback Mountain had a light dusting of snow at the summit
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On Pacific Coast Highway
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This way to Surf Beach ...
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Looking toward Camp Pendleton
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San Onofre nuclear power station. (It's pronounced NU-clee-ar)
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Rest Stop 2, south of San Onofre
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Calvin, looking good. He powered through the ride--it wasn't long after this that we lost sight of him
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Gotta get food!
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Campy Only's Quickbeam, with baggage
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Mojo grimaces--he was having stomach problems
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On I-5, heading for Oceanside
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Freeway riding isn't really that bad.
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Bike path on the San Luis Rey River
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Lunch Stop
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Big puffy clouds got a little darker later on, but never unloaded on us
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Mud and wet pavement
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View of San Diego's back country
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Avocados ...
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... and citrus
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Rest Stop 4
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Two Quickbeam fixies
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Riding down Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore
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Clouds over the hills
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Last shots of the day. We finished after dark
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