Tuesday, May 21, 2013
But, all this is beside the point, for me anyway. I'm still working on learning how to ride 200Ks in a relatively short time and more than just survive. It may take another year, another R12 (f!) or maybe more. In the meanwhile, I am developing a genuine appreciation for our "Alps" and the postcard-like qualities of the countryside that we have right here in our own backyard.
It's become a tradition to run into Brake-Bike-Mike anytime one rides eastbound on the Springwater trail. And, sure enough, there he was. He knew we were off on a 200K adventure and bemoaned his necessarily slower, shorter day as the leader of a group of newer riders.
Soon we found ourselves past Boring and entering the village of Estacada. After a leisurely stop for lemonade, we were on our way. South to the lovely Faraday Road. The temperature continued to rise as we began the gentle ascent toward Ripplebrook Ranger Station.
The climb ramped up a bit more and I was glad to do it alone. Just like a tree falling in the forest with no one to hear it, if I ride very slowly while solo, no one will ever know. After a while, I could see the trusty red, white & blue scorching up the hill behind me.
Home stretch time! Heading north, north, north, we looked for the trolley trail and failed and went back to the main road. Light rail construction near Milwaukee Avenue predicts the future there. Times will be changing soon for that humble neighborhood. Broadway at last. Burgers! Brevet cards signed.
Posted by Bicycle Kitty