Reflections on the ride

climbingmttamToday was a short day, by Climate Ride standards – about 40 miles. But, also by Climate Ride standards, it had elements that I’ll never forget.

First was the 8-mile, 2,574 foot climb to the top of Mt. Tamalpias in Marin County. It was unforgettable with its microclimates of sun, fog, wind, rain and sunshine. The most spectacular part of the climb was the mystical-like fog. I felt like I was suddenly transported to another time and place.

goldengateAnd then there was the final leg of the ride across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco with all 150+ riders wearing our Climate Ride jerseys. What a proud moment that was.

To sum up this ride in just a few words, I would say it was spectacular, unforgettable, and life changing.

To sum it up in more than a few words, here is my list of the top 10 things I learned on the Climate Ride:

  1. mttamEveryone looks silly in cycling clothes.
  2. Never take a hot shower for granted.
  3. Camping is a great way to reconnect with the earth.
  4. When camping, it’s best to pitch your tent in a spot with a direct route to the bathroom for those2:00 AM trips.
  5. No matter how padded your bike shorts are, you’re still going to get a sore bum after riding 320 miles in 5 days.
  6. It’s cold in northern CA in May.
  7. The incredible Humbolt Fog cheese is made in Humbolt county, and is named after the morning fog that descends on the area every day.
  8. Your mind can get your body to do things you thought might not be possible.
  9. Peanut butter & Nutella sandwiches are the bomb.
  10. Treehuggers are the nicest people on earth.
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