Chewed up!

I finally got off the couch for some much needed group riding. Surely I have been up and down the trail, nothing challenging though. It was time! I had never tried a Cascade Bike Club ride and felt it was about time. I chose a Saturday ride deftly named CHEW: climbing hills eastside in winter. I was chewed up all right…

Saturday morning was sunny. Better yet, it stayed that way the whole day, a nice change in this very damp winter of ours, wettest one sine 1894 – great, isn’t it?! With the rest of the family scattered on different trips across the country, I also had all the time I could wish for myself and the bike. As you can see, a total “no excuses” scenario: just get up and go!image

 

 

The ride started in the south, in Renton, and traveled for 48.3 miles, climbing a respectable amount of hills ( 3139 ft of elevation gain). There were multiple pace levels, and the comfort of a “stay together” ride policy for my group – the brave “steady” folks. We gathered our bikes on a parking lot, got the wise SMART ride safety briefing and rolled at 9:30. Just right: not too early, not too late, neither cold, nor hot. A pleasant departure for a colorful group! Off we went: the “ brisks” left first, then the “moderates” and finally us.

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We warmed up on a good stretch of flat and some rolling terrain before hitting our first big one. Once we did, however, it was all uphill – well, some downhills were so steep and winding that I would actually take an upwards anytime….we persevered, however, earning our coffee break mid point. Relief. Sigh.

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Then, it was pedal to the medal to get back. At the end, we were gifted the soothing terrain of the Cedar River Trail – beautiful, sunny and ever so ….flat! Yay! We rode back joyfully and in one piece enough to chat and laugh (and that is the whole point, right?!).

Back home, soaking in a much deserved bath, I was enveloped in that warm, reinvigorating post ride glow: pleasantly chewed up and glad I showed up for the ride. Awwww…..A morning outside, in the sun, on the bike, with great company – not bad at all!

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