I went to bed Friday evening thinking that it was only about a 10% chance I would get to do the ride on Saturday. I didn't even bother to set an alarm to get the really early ferry's. Despite stretching and using heat strips my back was still very tight on Thursday and Friday and I realized no bendy no ridey. I had been advised by a friend who teaches dance on getting the heat strips and when I went to the store to get some where were they?
Yes of course put the remedy for people with sore tight backs on the lowest possible shelf.
Anyway I woke up Saturday and I still had back soreness but wait a second it seems like its not as tight? could it be....I grabbed the Handsome Devil which was handy and tentatively raised my leg as if to throw it over the top tube..yes! I was bendy enough to ride. Despite my pessimism the night before I had prepped all my stuff and I knew there was a mid morning ferry I could catch and I had plenty of time for the 90 minute drive the ferry terminal.
|waiting on the 10:35 sailing|
- Sign up for the ride you have been thinking about for a decade - Check
- Build up 30 year-old touring bike to ride the event - Check
- Do enough training to do the ride without passing out - Check
- Have troublesome lower back loosen enough to throw a leg over a top tube - Check
- Cycle down the back roads of a lovely Island in Puget sound - CHECK!
And the ride organizers did a great job, I found the course - my abbreviated version anyway - well marked and the set up in town for the included BBQ was very nice. A big field for bike parking
Live music from a quintet (drum set, congas, two guitars and a xylophone)
I ended up doing almost exactly 20km on this ride and did some walking especially at the end on the long hill just before the downhill back to the ferry landing, and my granny gear definitely got a work out. I think that with not too much more fitness and saddle miles the longer rides on the Island would be very doable. I might just have to come back.
I was fortunate that I was only sprinkled on a few times during my ride as it rained steadily from late afternoon into evening. As I waited on the ferry home I was treated to a nice selection of bagpipe tunes as the ferry landing operator practiced in her down time. I also had a very nice conversation with a brother and sister of my age group who were riding Rivendells - A Rambouillet and a large Atlantis - he was about 6'5".
As I waited with the rest of the cyclists at the back of the ferry for the cars to exit I took one last look at the sound and Islands and then we got the call to exit. Definitely a day to Ride and Smile and someday I will go back and Repeat.