The dedicated bike path was nice, but soon gave way to an object lesson in urban cycling. Merging left across right turn lanes is ........ stimulating, to say the least. At least drivers here are aware of bikes, they may not like them, but they are aware. We climbed slowly but pretty steadily for a while and I was pleased with how things were going.
As we started to climb for real, my rear derailleur decided not to cooperate (Chris, the back fender is coming off tonight) - pretty hard to ride up a 6% hill in the highest gear of the big chain ring. The 6% turned into 10% (I was walking by then) then flattened out to 6% again. I made it to the SAG stop just as it started pouring. I was debating whether to take the fender off there and keep going or just hop a ride. Then the lightning started - bag it.
A fortuitous set of circumstances gave three of us a direct ride to the hotel and we warmed ourselves in front of the lobby fireplace until our rooms were ready. It would be SOOOOO nice to take a hot shower - but then what, the van with the dry clothes was still on the road. We settled for warming our hands with coffee until the supplies arrived.
Lots of kinks got worked out today and we are all settled down and better prepared for the
journey ahead. It was a good day.