The Pothole that Made the New York Times

04 Oct

It’s not every day when someone’s ride report makes the New York Times. Some writers obviously have connections. The gist of the story: rider crashes on a technical descent, hits his head so he can’t remember what happened, and GPS data helps him piece together the scant details. In the end, he fingered a pothole.

I don’t know if the typical New York Times reader found the article interesting, but as a cyclist who regularly descends this particular road I was intrigued. So on Sunday, when we headed down La Honda Road (known locally as Highway 84) I flipped on my GoPro camera and kept an eye out for the nasty pothole. I found this:

But was this the pothole? While I don’t have the author’s GPS data, the story featured a graphic showing where on the road the GPS data flatlined. And I had my video of the descent showing the road, turn by turn. After matching the turns, I think the newly repaired pothole at 1:52 in the video below is guilty as charged.

Do you think this is the pothole? If so, do you think it would have been filled so quickly if it hadn’t made the New York Times?

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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Backroads


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