Reliable friends who do what they say
are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!
What a weekend! It felt nonstop. Saturday Dad and I did a Francis Gan/Team Earthdreams ride around the Issaquah Alps. It was 50 miles with between 5900 and 6300 feet of climbing, depending on which GPS track reader/elevation profile creator you believe. All but 400 feet of that climbing was in the first 37 miles. The last 13 miles were mostly flat and faster-paced. The ride took us all day — we regrouped at the top of every climb (normally I’d say “hill,” but we were riding up small mountains), and had a couple of water-refill stops in there, too. Even so, by the end my legs were howling. Partway up the last climb I honestly wasn’t sure I could keep pedaling. But I did. It was excruciatingly hard for me, but I did it, and I’m proud to have finished. I spent pretty much the rest of the day napping or quasi-asleep.