For reference, obviously you see Highland Lake, and where we started and stopped (red square with white circle inside) is Casey’s house, and then Brendon’s house is right about where it says “Platt Hill” in the center of the ‘loop’. I though it was really cool that I got a category 4 climb!!! Casey was funny because on the climbs he was pushing really hard in the beginning I think, but he wasn’t really showing it and then by the end of the ride he was super tired and took the last few hills really slowly. He said he wasn’t sure if it was just because he doesn’t bike much, because biking uses muscles differently than running, or if it was the 18mi run he did earlier that day. I was nice and said it was probably a combination of the two, though. He had done this ride (without the section around highland lake like we did) with his friend Tony before, who isn’t in any shape at all apparently, so he was like wow we just cruised up those hills! I guess Tony had to stop a few times, but we didn’t at all. All in all though, it was a really nice ride so maybe I’ll take you on it sometime 🙂
I though it was nice that MMR broke down the climbs like this (above)… for some reason I don’t think it did for the King Ferry loop… so I was trying to figure out the percentage by estimating afterwards but this takes all the guess work out of it.
I was happy we got out and did this ride before the reception… it was really nice out and felt good to get some exercise and explore :-). Map my ride even rated the hill at the beginning as a climb, but only a category 5… meaning it was more than 3% grade for at least 500m. Not sure what the cutoff is for cat 4, etc… That’s a mini feather for your hat though! 🙂
We did it! Our first official 50 miler! And I didn’t even get hangry… luckily, they had those delicious pb & js, watermelons, oranges, and bananas at that pit stop.
In my new cool shorts and my awesome new gloves (not pictured here) with my sweet new bike computer!
The “fat tire” kids, as a few of the other bikers referred to us as. Maybe we will get lucky and win one of the radical road bikes they are raffling off.
Thanks for carrying everything 🙂
Also, I’m excited to “inadvertently” match you in our new shirts… muahahah.
The camping beforehand was fun, too! I’m glad we got to go to the Fish Tale and get dinner and ice cream, and also that we made it to Cohen’s in the morning for some delicious bagels.
Thanks for bringing the jiffy log and the s’more supplies:
We camped out at Burlingame the night before.
In the morning, we ate breakfast at Two Gulls Cafe, and then took the high-speed ferry over to the island with our bikes.
First an out and back from the dock to the Northern lighthouse,
Then around the perimeter of the island (with stops for an Arnold Palmer from one of the many lemonade stands and checking out the Southeast lighthouse).
We then stopped for lunch near the dock and afterwards rode back up to Rodman’s Hollow where we hiked to the beach for a swim and a short nap 🙂
Once we were finished at the beach, we rode back down the hill via Old Town Rd and got ice cream while waiting to take the ferry back to the mainland!
A Boy and His Bike
(well, his girlfriend’s bike…)