Chilly Hilly

I didn't have a very nice time, but it wasn't because of the hills. This ride is divided into three parts.

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  1. Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  2. On my ride to the ferry dock (6.2 miles), I saw a number of people headed in the same direction, including a guy from my own building.  I didn't quite know where to turn from 1st Ave., either, so I just chose a random street.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  4. There was a huge crowd of people waiting, split between 'fast,', 'medium,' and 'slow'.  I chose 'medium.'
  5. This ride was 36.9 miles.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  7. It started off fine, but I realized how crazy other cyclists often are, especially with respect to giving room to one another: I was knocked a number of times, but kept going.  I noticed a number of people seemed to have serious trouble with hills and stability when riding them, when I had no trouble at all: I was faster going up them and 'sprung back' more quickly after reaching their crests.
  8.   Well, except for one time when my front derailleur dropped my chain and I was 'dead in the water.'  Other cyclists starting getting mad at me for stopping in the middle of the road, but I couldn't even get to the side of it for about a minute because they wouldn't stop passing me on the right.  What was I supposed to do, coast until I fell over and was run over by them instead?  I didn't want to end up in the hospital this time, unlike at least one other person (as I found out while waiting for the return ferry).
  9. There was also one time when I almost did a wheelie when climbing up one of the steepest hills, but that only freaked me out for a few minutes.
  10. I got some chili at the finish line and headed straight for the ferry.  I felt like vomiting from the anxiety of others crowding me and appearing 'out of nowhere' and the physical exhaustion.
  11. I felt much better after the ferry trip and decided to keep going.  The route I chose (46.7 miles) resolved a question of mine: How does one get from the Green River Trail to the Lake Washington Loop?
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  13. I had to stop every half-hour or so toward the end of this ride, but I felt a whole lot better both physically and emotionally.
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