I only made it 50k. In spite of cutting back on my milage I felt tired and fatigued before even starting the ride. I watched Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry while riding. If I could have ridden without resistance on my Fluid bike trainer I could have finished the event. So for now I can say I did the 50k version of the event. I am confident that I will do much better next year.
I plan do do my 100 miles of nowhere ride on May 14th. I am still trying to decide if I will ride it all on the trainer of do part of it on the clear creek trail or some other location. I’ll post more when I start the ride. I know it is a week later than Fatty, (AKA Ironfatty), and most of the others but my work schedule didn’t allow for the ride this week. Good luck to everyone doing it over the next few days. I’ll be joining you soon.
The answer is not Stp for now at least or at least, not this year. I’m just not ready. Plus the logistics of spending the night at the UW, camping in Centralia and taking the bus back from Portland. I am going to ride a few shorter rides in the area this summer though. I plan to do the Fort2fort in Port Townsend WA. in June. I’m planning on doing the 42 mile ride. The Summer Challange ride from the Bainbridge Island Kiwanis Club in August. Thirty five miles of hills on Bainbridge Island. It is almost a backwards copy of Cascade’s Chill Hilly, only not so chilly. Also to finish off the season the Manashtash 100 k in October. If you see me at any of these events, say hi and try not to run me over. On a side note I have spent the night near the UW campus before. The best part is that it was paid for by the University of Washington. Of course I didn’t tell them I was a Cougar. That was the best part. I get a degree from their rival university and they still pay for my hotel room. It was because of my wife who makes Native American baskets. She had a woven cedar cape on display at the Burke museum as part of the Alaskan Yukon Pacific exhibit in 2009. I must say being married to a basket weaver is much more exciting than it sounds. I get to go the the museum exhibit openings and fundraising auctions where I get to talk with the wealthy elite people of the area and get free food and wine just for showing up. What a deal.