Friday, December 29, 2006



Or - to quote a line I just heard in Lock, Stock, and 2 Smoking Barrels :

"A little pain never hurt anybody, if you know what I mean."

Woke up in WINTER Springs, first ride in WINTER Park. Then to WINTER Garden for a ride to the finale'.

Mini epic :

2 hour group ride at dawn,

power bagel at Einstein's,

then off to Winter Garden to ride the West Orange bike trail to Clermont for a load of Sugar, or 6. Freshly (re)painted road graffiti on Sugarloaf (--->).

3 full loads of sugar, 3 small loads.

3 Buckhills + 6 Sugarloafs + 6 Walls = 1 whipped and happy JB.

Perfect day - sunny, high of 76. Gotta fill the barn when the hays there.

Pretty much dawn til dusk. 7 1/2 - 8 hours saddle time. 130 miles or more, but who's countin'?

Somewhere during the afternoon I came to a revelation. - There wasn't really an easy way up these hills. I think the wall (<----) is as tough as Sugarloaf (--->) but niether is a pushover. Sure is nice getting a hill workout done in sunny "flat" Florida.

Been a year since I've been out here. A few things changed:

Yesterday's adventure led to today's getting slammed on the Fast Friday ride.

Always head home from Florida with tired legs and a happy heart. The way it should be.
To Todd, Cori, Hal, John, and all the sunshine state cycling comrades - Thanks for the beating, I'll be back soon for more. And thanks Maurizio for the bagels.

Ride On


nice trick photography,,,,everyone knows the world is flat............
WoW! Thats a ton of riding dude!
I have done a week of them hills in early 06. Definately good stuff, and very suprising for Fla...
I'm jealous of your 76 degree riding.

Though I can't complain too much, it hasn't dropped below the 30s and some 40s more than a day or two for weeks. It's supposed to be in the 50's here in upstate NY this weekend!
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