Folks, 2016 has been a strange year. The weather, up and until now, has been closer to a normal Seattle winter and spring (Which makes it a bit harder to ride) so the miles I earned each month have been much less than last year.
I am not too concerned about the totals, but the lower miles means less exercise. But after a decent April (to be discussed in a forthcoming post) it was time to kick it up a notch…
The weather was predicted to be perfect this weekend! However, great weather weekends this time of year also call for chores!
Saturday I deemed chore day! I was up early and attacked!
- Starbucks Run
- Home Depot
- Clean roof
- Clean gutters
- Mow the lawn
- plant the garden
- rodent hunting
- Grocery shopping
- Whatever else needed to be done!
All was completed, and left Sunday for the ride. I decided, May 1st was high time to get the first 100 mile in! Why? Sometimes you just need to kick it up a notch or two.
My first century is normally a ride on the ferry to Kingston
And then ride to Sequim and back. There are views, rolling hills and a chance to ride across the sound on a pretty day
I was at the dock first thing, and on the road at 7:30. I was a little worried after all the chores and almost 100 miles of riding during the week that I would be tired, but the legs felt strong and I was off.
Early in the ride, I caught something out of the corner of my eye. I almost kept going, but every time I do, I regret it. I turned around and saw this guy (blue heron) looking for breakfast
There are no filters used on this, just shadows and an early morning ride! I am VERY glad I stopped!
This ride follows along State Route (SR) 104 and SR 101, over the hood canal bridge
Luckily though, on the way out, there are quite a few side roads I can take and avoid traffic. Plus, as I got closer to Sequim I am able to pick up the Olympic Discovery Trail
I cruised into Sequim at the 45 mile mark, but I knew I wanted to hit 100 for the day. On the way back I would take a more direct route, so I needed to pad the outbound miles a bit. This meant a ride through town and further down the trail. I am glad I did! Last year I saw this
This year it was fully repaired.
I rode a ways past the bridge. Sadly, right after it gets pretty boring. I hear farther down it gets pretty again though. I will need to plan a trip where I start in Sequim and see where it takes me.
I hit the turn around point and headed back into town. That’s when I saw a beacon shining and calling me! Subway! Yep a sammich was in order! I had packed my normal peanut butter and jellies, but my stomach had other ideas.
I should mention here that Sequim is a big retirement area for Washington state. I tell you this because when I walked in, there were 3 people ahead of me who had to be in their 80s. They were hard of hearing, the lady making the sandwiches seemed to be as well and everyone was having a hard time deciding what to get.
I had grabbed a Powerade from fridge and got in line. As I stood there I could feel the impatience grow. I had 50 miles to ride and ferry to catch!! Can’t we speed this up!! And then it hit me. There was a boat every half hour, Michelle told me to take my time and enjoy myself, and she had a fresh-baked chicken ziti waiting for me in the fridge. I was honestly NOT in a hurry.
So, I opened the Powerade, started drinking it, and settled back waiting my turn. By the time I got to the register with my ham, turkey and cheese, the drink was gone and I was in a much better frame of mind. The kid giggled when I told her I would be grabbing a second drink since “I’d had time to finish the first one as I waited.” I added two cookies to the order and I was out the door.
The ride home seemed to go much quicker! The legs were still fresh, but I knew there were some serious hills for the last 20 miles. One over a mile long…
I must be in better shape than I think though, I hit each one, pedaled strong, and had no issues. I even took time to chat with 3 other cyclists as I refilled my water bottle for the last time. I didn’t sound too exhausted to myself.
I made it to the ferry, and saw I hit 104 miles for the round trip! What I didn’t realize is that I had also hit a milestone number of miles
I have topped 23000 miles!! Not bad! I started counting in early 2008. What I like is that a lot of these miles have happened in the last few years, which means I am still getting stronger!
I kicked back on the boat. and decided to reward myself
I know… I kicked the habit a couple years ago, but yesterday it just called my name!
The boat ride back was uneventful otherwise, I rode the last mile to my car, made it home and ate the ziti cold right out of the container! DAMN that was good!
It was a busy weekend, a hard ride, but what I thought could end up as a death march at the end turned out to be just plain fun! A great day to ride!