Friday, 13 August 2010

So.........

So, yesterday I spent quite a bit of company time creating my Three Things Thursday, just as I was getting ready to publish it an error came up on the page and kicked me out....Thanks Blogger! 

So, I go to read some of the comments left on Wordless Wednesday and my good friend Judi had written, "whatssup with this once a week post shit? :0) "  LMAO, I can ALWAYS count of Judi to keep me accountable!!!!  I *heart* you Judi!

So, what I had almost posted was my adventure through Up State New York a couple of weekends ago which was Hot, HILLY and Humid.  Three days of 280K full of fun, humility, learning and friendships. 

So, instead of describing every little detail and have you nod off at your computer I'll just say it was Awesome, exhilarating, humbling and a huge epic experience for me....I just get crazier as I get older....

So, I'll leave you with some photo's;

Leaving Kingston Habour
Wolfe Island Ferry to Wolfe Island

Crossing Wolfe Island

Wolfe Island Bakery
Arriving in Sacket's Harbour

Half way up the hill coming out of Watertown
Unsupported, carry your own for 280K

A great time was had by all
Things I learned;
  • carry snacks, trail mix or something to give you energy, gum works too (luckily I had all of this with me).
  • carry powdered Hammer Heed, or something similar, you can generally find water from somewhere, but you can't find PowerAid.
  • SPF 30 sunscreen doesn't cut it when you are on the road for hours on end.
  • don't try to keep up with the speedy speedster's, cycle your own speed, even if you arrive 15 minutes later than the rest, you still get there! (believe me!).
  • know how to change your own tires, carry spares and tools, and if some one offers to help ~ take their help (yes, I got a rear tire flat 50K into the ride).
  • it's a tour not a race, stop and take photo's (which I will do more of next time).
  • practice, practice, practice riding with weighted panniers before attempting such a journey, thanks goodness I did...
  • there isn't a hill I can't walk.  The hill coming out of Watertown was 2km long with an 800 foot elevation.
  • just like marathon training, you don't know yourself until you have to dig deep!!!
  • would I do it again?  YOU BET....
Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

18 comments:

Wes said...

love the pics! Looks like quite the adventure :-)

TNTcoach Ken said...

Wow, your head must be ready to explode with all the stuff you learned.......... ha

ajh said...

Love the pictures. You must have some great memories.

skierz said...

photos are awesome, it must have been such a great ride!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Holy Cow on the stuff on the back of your bike. Was all that stuff aerodynamically designed to cut through the wind??

Ewa said...

What a cool adventure. I can certainly learn from your lessons.

Lisa said...

What a wonderful experience that must have been overall. Great photos!!

btw, spf 30 would probably cut it if you applied frequently. most of the time we put it on once and forget.

Alexandra said...

What an amazing adventure and what pretty photos!

I admire you! I don't think you are getting crazier! I think your passion for living life is getting stronger! YOU GO GIRL!

Mike Russell said...

Great photos -- you should come out to Utah for one of the Tours here. There is some spectacular scenery in the southern half of the state and they are pretty well supported.

Mike

FruitFly said...

Looking at the bakery and the harbor - I'm pretty sure you spend your time living in Jessica Fletcher's Murder She Wrote world. So picturesque!

Judi said...

hey there lilly, those are fantastic pictures. i am glad you found cycling. it is $$$$. don't get sucked in! haha!

Grey Beard said...

Great list Lilly!

Don't hate me, but I was worring for you - just a bit - so thrilled all went well and a big chunk of fun was had. (older brother to 3 sisters does that I guess)

Stunning pics.

Lily on the Road said...

Thanks everyone for caring, it was humbling, exhilarating and enough of a challenge to pique my interest....

I'd do it again!

Anne said...

You are such an inspiring woman! What a great experience...I'm in awe! :)

Anonymous said...

you're positively INSANE!!! but seem to like it So whatever floats your boat ... or greases your chains?

great photos too.
good on you girlfriend
Ter

EndorphinBuzz said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I'll have to do something like this some day.

Marlene said...

Just getting caught up here after a few days being MIA!

Sounds like another exciting adventure! Awesome pics... especially the harbour.

zbsports said...

I like the place...It is very inspiring to race in there...Nice post!!!