Wow. What a ride. The most challenging ride I have ever done.
Yesterday, nine other princesses in training and I rode 80 miles, 60 of it was Mines Road to The Junction Cafe. Please, click on the link and check out the elevation profile. Tell me if you think it looks crazy or what! This profile may be just beyond the Cafe, but you get the point.
I was nervous about this ride. I've never ridden 80 miles before!
The ride started off fine, until 1.5 miles in. We were driving on a residential street in Pleasanton, in a pretty tight line. A man in a little SUV pulled up to the curb ahead of us and opened his door, right into one of our front riders. She went flying off her bike, into the street. It was a terrible sounding crash and was followed by screams from the other riders. He said he didn't even look before he opened his door to get out. She landed in the middle of the street, thank God there wasn't another car coming up the street that could have hit her. The impact cracked her helmet. Erin was right behind her and actually ran over her bike. We called 911 and her husband. The fire department came, as well as the police. A police report was filed and everyone was interviewed. She denied transportation to the hospital but promised to have her husband take her to the ER right away. The good news is she was able to walk and talk. After that, we were all a little on edge, to say the least.
It took a while for all of us to get to The Junction Cafe. I couldn't have been happier to get off that saddle. That was a TON of non-stop pedaling to get that 40 miles done. I grabbed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a bag of corn chips. It wasn't a lot but I think it was just what I needed to get me through the rest of the ride. After the first HUGE climb coming back, there was a bit more down hill portions this direction so it was a *little* easier. We took turns pulling each other on the hills and some of the flat parts. Teamwork at its best. We are such a great group of ladies!
|Erin and I after refueling at The Junction Cafe|
After driving home, I took a hot lavender scented bath and ate an entire black bean and cheese burrito from Chipotle. Both things were much deserved.
|Erin feeling so good at the finish!|
Next week? Mount Hamilton - all the way to the top. Bring it on!