|Newsletter - 2010 Archive|
Maple Falls ~205
We rode permanent #55 yesterday (in 10:33).
It was a great route! We rode the tandem, so the headwind going
east was fine (from the back anyhow), the hills were really fun,
the Golden Ears bridge approach was casual and the open roads
just great. We had practically no rain, just a few showers at
the start. Even some sun on the South Pass road. Nigel dropped
me (on the bike) when we stopped at Maple Falls, well I couldn't
get out of my cleats, my legs were a bit trashed. And he fell
on top of me, plus the bike. So we had our first fall, and it
was fine. At least nobody was watching. There was a sign on the
tree next to us, saying "Watch for falling apples".
The other highlight was me carrying a rottie pup back to it's
yard, after we stopped to flip the route sheet in front of it's
house. First I walked back with it, and the older dog who was
playing with it, but it followed me back to the road, so I chased
it, bad move, now they thought it was a game, all over Route
544. We ended up with 1800+ m of climbing... and 234 km at the
My computer was a km or so short at the
first control, then 11 km over by Maple Falls (including our
little overshoot in Lynden). Then at 155 on the route sheet I
was at 173, and starting to feel tired :) At 171k I was already
over 200, and decided I needed to get off and sit down in Fort
Langley, where Nigel came to the rescue with... you'll never
guess, he'd bought an apple fritter in Maple Falls and it saved
my bacon!! Also Pauline in Abbotsford did not come out at Nelson
(something like Eric Fergusson Road) [Ed: there's a George Ferguson
Way in Abbotsford] but it did go (up) to Gladwin.
Thanks to Jeff for the excellent (hilly) route!!
January 17, 2010
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