Thursday, October 20, 2011

Climate Ride takeaways...

Alright, so a few weeks later I finally have my head screwed on straight about the whole experience. Here we go:

- It rocked. It rocked a lot.

- I do not like riding in the rain when it is more than something we would call "spitting" in Portland.

- If I'm going to do more hilly terrain, I need to ensure I have the proper gear ratios. What I had was great in straights and downhill, but was unnecessarily difficult when on an incline more than a rolling hill.

- Organized large trip pros:
   - Cool people to hang with
   - Mechanics who know a lot more than I do about what's going on with my bike
   - Van support
   - Someone else is cooking
   - Less gear to haul on the bike

- Organized large trip cons:
   - Zero mile days are not a real option
   - Being in the back of the pack is a mentally challenging place to be versus going your own pace (see Day 2)
   - Less control over stops and routing
   - Some rules I'd prefer to ignore
   - Menu was selected by other people who don't eat at all the way I do

More and more, I feel like this ride made a difference if only from the standpoint of the money raised. Figure the average per rider was about $2500. We had a 125(ish) riders, so that means climate change opposition was funded an additional $300,000 minus expenses. How about we say a quarter million dollars going towards the cause? Not bad.

I'm also happy to have taken on a pretty big challenge at my *cough cough* advanced age. Not that I feel old by any stretch, but having recently turned 40, it feels good to have pulled off a physical task that most wouldn't take on in their 20s or 30s. I think there's a big future in bike adventures for me, and I'm looking forward to some of the future challenges.

So... Climate Ridin'? Thumbs up.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The video...

I know, I know... I still owe the wrap up. But in the meantime, here's the video I put together for