Saturday 22 June 2013
It is tough to talk about the first day of pedaling, when you begin writing at the end of the day. Hence, we depend on photos…….ah yes, the Beginning…..when training, eager anticipation and exploration meet. We rose at 5:30 to catch the train, leaving behind the comfortable confines of the hotel and the city.
Our ride today started in very crisp high 50’s and overcast; quite cold to walk into, but felt good once we warmed up, which did not take long. The ride today was a constant low grade climb, the kind that doesn’t look like it is going uphill, but required a constant effort to pedal. We followed the Skagit River and crossed many creeks that fed it. It was not until mid-afternoon that we began to see some blue skywarming the day to almost 70, but only when we were in the sun, otherwise it remained cool; the threat of rain remaining just in the distance.
We finally made it to our destination by 4:30, totally spent after 59 miles and six hours in the saddle! Usually exuberant after our first day, we silently wondered if our previous training was not sufficient or our old bodies just weren’t responding like they used to. Either way, it was a Great way to spend the Summer Solstice.