Covered 56 miles today, and 2600 feet of climbing. Total distance covered to date is 286 miles.
We traveled along the Columbia River, today, first on the Washington side, then we crossed via ferry to Oregon. Had no rain, until the very end of the day. Then it poured, we scrambled to put on our rain gear and still got drenched arriving at the hotel wet and cold. That’s me following Robin along the Columbia River.
Early into the ride we came upon one of our riders with a flat, who I was able to help. I’ve changed my share of flats over the years and have the process down and I love being able to be of assistance with mechanical things. She had really tight fitting tires and it was a struggle to get the tire back on the rim, but we did it.
It was a very hilly day with some large climbs. Six days in, though, I have really gotten stronger. It is clearly all in my head that the hills are hard and a struggle. Mind you, they aren’t easy, but a struggle…no. As I would approach another and another hill and I felt a slight bit of defeat, I’d just settle in and pace myself up and over the climb. I experienced no burning or aching in my legs whatsoever. It’s a hill, I got over it. It’s all in my mind, now.
We took a ferry across the Columbia River into Oregon. We were a bit behind schedule to make the ferry and Robin decided if we sprinted the last 3 miles, we could make it. Seriously! She put on the after burners and away we went. If we missed the ferry, we’d have to wait for an hour until the next one. We made it, gasping for breath.
We are in Astoria, Oregon tonight and tomorrow and have a well earned day off. The first week, which is always the hardest, is complete. I’ve pushed my body to cycle for six days straight with lots of climbing and I will be enjoying this rest day. I am having the time of my life, being outside on my bike, with my friends, seeing this beautiful country. I have immense gratitude.