Thursday, July 22, 2010


Completed my sixth two day Seattle to Portland ride last weekend and it went perfectly! I'm ready to ride it in one day next year, or maybe I'm just being cocky. Time will tell.

Friday night - giant piece of chocolate cake & frisbee on the soccer field
Saturday morning - coffee delivered to my tent
Saturday, mile 40 - stopped and put a guy's saddle back on his bike.
Saturday, mile 50 - sushi for lunch!
Saturday, mile 80 - stopped and helped a tandem dad get his tire seated correctly so the tube would inflate.
Saturday, mile 100 - beer and ping pong.
Saturday, mile 107 - spaghetti and swimming and sliding down the big slide.
Sunday, mile 40 - lunch at 10am after being drafted by a fast Russian
Sunday, mile 75 - traditional raspberry shake & onion rings at Burgerville
Sunday, mile 85 - stopped and fixed a lady's flat on her mountain bike.
Sunday, mile 90 - still not sore or fatigued
Sunday, mile 100 - friends and roses at the finish line

Left side. On your left. Passing on your left. Excuse me, would you mind if I try to squeeze through on your left please since there's a ton of cars coming and you're going like 12 while I'm doing 20? Pretty please?

Nobody offering help to those riders with mechanical problems. SAG is great but it's not instant.

A guy asking me "is this your first big ride"? The prejudice: clipless pedals = experienced. Toe cages = newbie. The truth: I've lost count of century rides but my approximate mileage since 2005 is 13,000.

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