Arlington

My second century and my first significant ride with drop bars.

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  1. I just picked up my new touring bike a couple days ago.
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  3. Since I had been practicing with a road bike with the same shifters as this one, which I had acquired weeks ago, I was pretty comfortable with controlling it.  The reason why I hadn't gone on any long rides (over fifty miles) lately is because I was dealing with a urinary tract infection and antibiotic allergies.
  4. It was foggy for much of the way, but my hub dynamo-powered lights had no trouble piercing it.  The drag is noticeable, so I turned it off once the Sun was high enough.
  5. I saw even more fog in the Snohomish River valley, though, so I had to turn it back on once I got to 'Lowell.'
  6. The main road in Snohomish was closed, which caused confusion amongst other cyclists, but I just explored a bit.
  7. I also bought some small baked goods on sale there.
  8. The next step was the Centennial Trail, which is apparently quite popular with folks out there.
  9. The ride to Arlington after that was when I noticed that my body wasn't adjusted to the posture yet.  In the past, I had only done around twenty miles at a time on the road bike, but this was around forty or so from my starting point.  I had to stop more frequently than normal to stretch, which contributed to this ride's duration quite a bit.  My stiff arms and sore 'sit bone' were the issue; my legs felt better than usual.
  10. I did make it to Arlington, though.
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