(Click on photo for detailed description of the climb)
I didn't make it. I was in 53x21 until the first steep ramp, then in 53x23 for a while. When it got seriously steep and stayed seriously steep I was groveling in the 53x27, barely turning the pedals. The infamous farm came into view and I thought, "if I just make it past the right turn at the edge of the farm it gets easier there and I just might make it..." I made it to the edge of the farm, made it through the right turn, looked up the road and it didn't look any easier. So, I unclipped for fear of falling over. Dumped the chain into the small ring, remounted in 39x27, and rode that gear the rest of the climb. And that last 150 yards was damn hard, even in the 39x27.
The next day, Brian and I drove to Fairfax, where we met Jeff and embarked on a "9"-shaped ride to Bolinas, down to Stinson, up Panoramic, down through Muir Woods, back up Highway 1 to Bolinas and over to Fairfax. 58 miles, about 7,000 feet of climbing, through redwood forests, eucalyptus groves, along the coast, over Alpine Dam... Beautiful and challenging. A fantastic ride.