|Pit Stop #1: about 45min in|
|Brief respite from the solar rays|
|About 2hrs in & still spinning upward|
|We're getting there|
|Pit Stop #2|
4 hrs later & the climbing finally ends, rejoice! I get to hear those lovely words I'd been waiting for all day, "It's all downhill from here", which causes a smile start to form on my lips (which stays there for the next 1hr45m).
|Drop yer seats, kids|
|Mother Nature was kind with us today|
|Jay illustrates the 'Attack Position'|
|Keith points it downhill|
First long day of the year for me & it was allgood! A long climb (19m) but mostly on RR grade, so it was up to me to sit & spin for hours & grind my way to the top. The ride almost event-free: we had a few mysteriously dropped chains, I lost my footing & skiied in a sketchy section & slid my knee enough to shed some blood, while Arin went down within sight of the cars on a littered macadam surface, slamming his knee hard.
|My battle scar|
Back on the homefront.........
|Flying the colors for Memorial Day|
|Garden as of this morning.|