I meant to post this last month…
For years I’ve meant to participate in Bike to Work day. That distance for me isnt’ that long (about 35 miles one way) but there is the small matter of having to cross the Santa Cruz Mountains to get from the Santa Cruz area over to Silicon Valley. And of course, doing it again at night to get back home!
This year I decided to go for it (I’m signed up for the Levi’s GranFondo in September, so need to start getting some training mileage in!). Going to work wasn’t bad at all, I’m used to climbing Mt. Charlie and from the summit the rest of the way was all down hill or flat! Easy ride. I could do this often!
Coming back home was a lot tougher. When I got to Lexington Reservoir I had already done about 50 miles that day and was starting to get tired but all the climbing was still ahead of me! By the time I got to the summit I was beat and it was completely dark. Fortunately I had borrowed some powerful bike lights from my neighbor so I had plenty of illumination.