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Sunday, February 26, 2006

2003 May 18: Strawberry Fields Forever XIV

This was a nice organized ride (not race).

Lauren and I did this on the tandem. I don't remember a lot of details, but there was a rest stop that had some tasty crêpes. Two things of note:

1. The climbing fell short of the advertised 7,500'. There were only about 6,000' of climbing, in fact. As the ride went on, Lauren and I were steeling ourselves for 1,500' of climbing that would be accomplished in an increasingly short amount of pavement ("Boy, this last mile is really going to be a bugger, huh?!"), but it never showed itself.
2. The T-shirts were pretty weak.

This is a terrific ride, though. Not so far (from the Bay Area) that you have to stay anywhere overnight; well-stocked with good food (especially the chocolate-covered strawberries at the end!); scenic; etc. The ride goes past a lot of strawberry fields, and you can just smell the berries.


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