Friday morning, Christophe sends out a message "on saturday, I want to bike to Mt Wilson, then add Barley flats and maybe even push to Newcomb ranch for lunch". This sounds like a nice ride with plenty of climbing, so I immediately sign up for it. The weather forecast says sunny with temps in the 60s, it will be perfect.
Finally, our ride included: start at Caltech, going up to Mt Wilson, back to the Angeles Crest Highway, the steep climb to Barley flats, lunch at Newcomb ranch, and turnaround at Mt Waterman. I would have liked to continue a bit more, but Christophe was complaining about jet lag, and the sun was going down. We did 99 miles in 11:14 hours, and my altimeter said 12,740ft elevation gain although I think the true value was between 11,000 and 11,500ft. And we had temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees, I even got some sunburn