Back to the mountain! What a perfect day for a ride up here! I met Chuck and Bill for a ride up the back-side of Diablo. Going up from Walnut Creek seemed harder than starting in Danville... I guess the jury's still out. I was very happy to climb again less than a week after the SBC ride. This time I made it to the top with only a short (less than 2 minute) stop at the ranger station. I felt very good today but was bummed to see Chuck resting on the side of the road with only a couple of miles to the summit. What a crappy place to pick up a flat... without an extra tube. When I passed him he just yelled at me to keep going and to catch back up with him on the descent (thanks, Coach!). I was nervous about "the wall" but made it up just fine, rested and then went to get Chuck. Well... Chuck's luck kept getting worse. I gave him my tube and pump... my pump broke and then the tube croaked when Bill CO2'ed it! So, now we had 1 tube and a 12 canister of CO2 between us... thankfully it worked. Bill made it to the summit (great job, Bill!) eventually we all got down. What a great ride... thanks guys!