A few weeks ago, I took a little ride over the hill to Philomath. I added panniers for some extra weight and biked the twenty-five miles up and over the mountain. I made a pit stop at Yew Wood Nursery for a quick rest before the hill and the owner offered me some ice cold water and filled my water bottle. I never turn down water. We had a quick chat and up the hill I went.
I pulled over at the summit sign and snapped a picture.
The day was sunny, the air still a bit cool perfect for riding. I put on my long sleeve shirt and headed down the hill as I reach the first corner it was apparent I would need a second layer, so added the wind breaker and off I went, as I dropped down the other side it became very dark, then the rain started, pelting hail, yes, a down pour. I thought about stopping and waiting it out, under a tree, but decided to keep moving trying to stay warm. It finally let up as I reached Philomath. Stopped at D-Q to dry out, then headed on over to Linda's.
Remembering back many moon's ago, climbing up to the summit and having to stop at every shady spot and rest, this time I couldn't wait till I got to a sunny spots and only had to stop once for water. Yahoo! What a difference losing 40 pounds can make. Still working on my stamina and lung power, and hope the knees hold out.