Putting Trust into On-Coming Traffic

Riders in Southern California are probably familiar with Glendora Ridge Road with its spectacular views of Mt. Baldy and the San Gabriel Mo...

Riders in Southern California are probably familiar with Glendora Ridge Road with its spectacular views of Mt. Baldy and the San Gabriel Mountains.

It's also known for some dangerous curves with folks riding and driving into oncoming traffic.

That's what we experienced today. Lewis and I from our riding club met up with about seven riders from the Bikers Ballroom group for a lunch at Mt. Baldy Lodge and a ride along Glendora Ridge Road, to Glendora Mountain Road, to East Fork Road, to San Gabriel Canyon Road. All in all, about 50 miles of tight-twisties, narrow roads, and high-elevations.

Glendora Ridge Road is the most hairy with perhaps the tightest-twisties of all, but making it more difficult is the road being narrow enough that both directions of traffic share the same lane. There's actually enough room for both directions to pass each other safely; it's the curves that are troublesome.

As you approach a curve, you can't see what's ahead. Moreover, there's no line painted down the middle of the road demarcating each direction. You have to take it on faith that any on-coming rider or driver is slowing down enough so as not to veer into the middle of the road, or worse, your side of the road.

Twice I led the group around a tight curve and found an on-coming rider or driver rounding it too fast and nearly hitting one of us. The first time it was a rider trying to sweep through a curve, the second time a car. The narrowness of the road makes the curves deceptive. Your tendency is to approach the curve on the far right, and cut across to the left so as to maintain some speed. You just can't do that on Glendora Ridge Road. Even if you were to remain in your half of the road, you don't know if there's a rider coming at you too fast.

In the end there were no altercations, but Glendora Ridge Road is an example of putting trust into the guy coming at you.

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