Seattle had two sunny days Friday and Saturday and we were planning our first, YES, first outdoor ride of the 2009 year at an event called the Chilly Hilly (over 3,000 participants) on Sunday. The name says it all! Chilly- they serve Chili at miles 23 and the finish and Hilly it is 33 miles with a lot of climbing. This event is fun because it is the first ride of the year for many...unless you are "a hard core cyclist" and well, I have yet to fit that stereotype. This event is also a challenge because it brings out EVERY kind of cyclist (cyclist in jeans, shorts, tandems, mountain bikes, squeaky brakes, etc.) . You ride the ferry boat from Seattle to Bainbridge Island and it is a MASS of people. Three to four ferry loads full of cyclists.
(Still bundled, straight hair now curly, and half smiles!)
(Dirty and WET and smirks on the face)
Other Chilly Hilly highlights:
Mark's cousins did the event and it was their longest ride ever! They drank water the whole way (I had over 400 calories!) and Eric (far right) had his pedal crank fall off around mile 25 so he somehow found the screw on the ground and put it back on, while continuing to stop every 5-10 minutes to tighten it! Imagine pedaling and all of a sudden just having a crank attached to your cleat!Way to get it done!
Mom made the newspaper! The leopard umbrella and the blackberry in ear!