Saturday morning was a chance to sleep in as we all decided to wait for a warmer, later start and it turned out to be the right call. We did the standard south end route and split apart after Coulon with a group heading up to May Valley and another group heading back. I rode up to Bellevue with John, Tony and Todd and then turned around to cruise around Mercer and then head home. It was a fantastic fall day!!! Extra plus was finally seeing Matt T who I haven’t seen since I worked at a bike shop in Port Orchard MANY years ago. He is riding with the Cycle U team right now and I’ll tell you what… hold on to your shorts. It won’t take long before he is tearing it up.
Later in the afternoon, Dustin and Elizabeth came over for drinks and and bike building. Well, actually, Dustin and I went downstairs to the shop and built his rain bike while the girls chatted it up and did crafty stuff in Ro’s craft room. Later it was down the road for Pizza, beer and other fine foods. Good times!
This morning I woke up with a little bit of a hangover and hoped for an easy ride to clear my head. Not happening…
Ride – 92 miles / 3100 feet climbing
Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 q-rings x 11-23 Ksyrium SL wheels
Breakfast – Bagel and cream cheese
Ride Food – 1 small bottle of Heed, 1 small bottle of water (later I stopped for a gatorade) bag of shotblocks, and a snickers.
I missed the move on Hollywood hill but heard it was a well fought climb. I spun to the top to see Gabe, RC and Tony completely cross eyed and Greg sporting a shit eating grin. Freaks, all of them. Paradise lake road has been paved since the last time I have been out there and it just made for a great cruise. Greg and I rode together to Seward park as I wanted to meet up with Rosanna and possibly get a ride home (she was there with her team) but missed her so he and I sat down for a cup of coffee and then he rode with me to Fremont, Nickerson and then along the waterfront before splitting off to go home. I was pretty fried riding home and really started to feel the lack of sleep and the few drinks I had the evening before.