Monday, September 08, 2014
I did it! 62-mile bike ride! YEAH!
I knew it was going to be a great day from the start. We stayed at the Ludwig B&B where the beds are soft and the food is wonderful! Joyce (the owner) made her famous sticky buns with extra yummies on top! These buns are not on any diet but they are like having sex at the table. EXCELLENT!!! We then headed out to the pick up point where we would be transported to the top of the trail (25 miles) The man from the Pine Creek Outfitters was there waiting for us AND we were the only people to be transported. This save us a huge amount of time. He didn't even make us go to the office to pay. He just took the cash from us in the van as we rode to the beginning of the trail. We got to the top and purchased a delicious turkey/swiss sub for lunch. We started our ride at 10:50 a.m. which is an incredibly early time to get started!
About 5 miles into the ride we realized that there was also a 100K and 100 mile race being held on the path. DH and I had no problem getting around all the runners except for one. There's always one in the group isn't there? When we approached this runner, he said in a very snotty demanding voice"Can't you go around?!" Because I did not choose to interact with this animal, I said nothing but I will admit to thinking of a couple of hundred snappy come backs to that statement! Besides, we could not have "gone around" as he wished without taking a great risks of having an accident. Sadly, that was the only animal we saw or came in contact with while on this ride.
The first 25 miles I remember as being a game between the creek and myself. Whenever I heard the water moving faster, I knew I could gear down and move faster myself. I just really enjoyed those moments of decline of the terrain. We made a stop about every 7-8 miles just to relieve ourselves and/or get off the bike to give our fanny a rest break. At 26 miles were were back at the B&B where we stopped for lunch and enjoyed our sandwich. It felt good to refuel.
The second half of the ride was MUCH flatter than the first. The first 10-15 miles had a lot more people on it simply because there are a couple of crowded towns. We peddled on and reached an area of the path that had been covered with a much more course grain of gravel. We had to peddle through this for 12 full miles! My knees were letting me know that they did not like this type of path. What a relief to finally get to the easier type of path with the less course gravel. But....there's always a but....then it started to rain. Actually, it was a light and cool rain and it felt great! It stopped raining after about 8 more miles. We peddled on. We came upon an section of the trail that was closed due to pipe work. Of course, this did not stop us but only inconvenienced us. We got off the bikes and pushed our way up the hill and through the mud. Our bikes and our bodies where covered in 2-4 inches of mud!!! It was a mess! Right after fighting our way through the mountain of mud, it began to rain again.....HARD!!! I thought to myself - two ways to think about this
1) It's raining hard, it hurts when it hits my skin, and it's making this part of the ride horrible! OR
2) Oh Good! We will get a bit of cleaning off!
I went with number 2.
We had planned to stop for dinner on the way out but because we were so wet and muddy we decided to push through to the end. We started the count down at mile 58. The very last 100 yards of this 62-mile ride is uphill. I did it! Oh yes my thighs were screaming at me but I did it! I did a quick happy dance, took a couple of pictures (which I will get on here ASAP) and then went to the bathroom to change into dry clothes. It felt wonderful to be dry. It took me 6:20 do peddle 62-miles. All together, (i.e. with breaks and stops) we were on the trail for close to 8 hours.
We drove back up the road to Waterville and had a wonderful dinner. After that we got back to the B&B and took a hot bath. I'm not sure a bed every felt as good that that bed that night. I fell asleep easily enough but it wasn't a restful sleep. I never sleep well after a hard workout. Last night, after teaching a power yoga class, I slept very well - 10 hours!
Now it is time to get back to reality. I work for the next 4 days and on this Thursday (9/11) I am hosting my ladies from my breast cancer support group to a yoga party. Our house will to on the market this Tuesday. It will be interesting to see if there is any interest.