Had a great night sleep, ready to roll, East bay tour, I was glad to be able to be riding and not pushing, lake Chabot was mellow fireroad to bort meadows, this section would be a fun on a gravel grinder. At redwood park the grade increased an I had a short push up to the ridge.
Lots of licensed dog walkers use West ridge trail approaching the observatory.
At the top of Skyline I met Austin McInerny of NICA, a cycling organization for high school students. We rode over skyline down to the Caldecott tunnel and up Fish grade to Tilden park. Austin showed me a few trails he has helped become multiuse. East bay MUD is still very protective of thier trails creating breaks in the ridge trail for mountain bikers. It is a shame there is a lot of beautiful single track in the East bay hills.
I passed on El Sobrante hills and Crocket hills, I have had bad luck with closed roads and Alhambra road was definitely closed and Pinole valley is closed to mtb use. I stayed with my original reroute and found a great bayside path sponsored by the bay trail. caraquinez scenic route.