The 33.3 Mile Chilly Hilly Bicycle/Unicycle Classic
I should be doing my homework, but…
John Childs and me, Tyler Cox, went on the Chilly Hilly ride today. It’s an annual 33 mile bicycle (or unicycle in our case) ride around Bainbridge Island, an island (hey, didja know it was an island?) here in western Washington. I’m tired, have homework to do, and my croch, feet, and hip hurts - so I’ll both let the pictures and John do the talking, with some captions of mine.
PHOTO NUMBER ONE
This was taken about 10 minutes into the ride, at a place we stopped to let a huge bike group pass. As you can see, it’s my uni on the left and JC’s beast on the right. JC once again brought along his snake from last year’s Chilly Hilly. It was overcast, but it was not too chilly and definitely not raining.
PHOTO NUMBER TWO
After a strenuous 14 miles, we reached the Chili and Hotdogs reststop. We played around here for a few minutes while my dad, the support guy who took advantage of the cheap coffee, took lots and lots of photos. We got tons of great comments, and I would not exaggerate by saying 200+! At this rest stop is where we got interviewed by the Seattle P.I. (Post Intelligencer). The lady was really nice, and jotted down quite a few notes. You can see us mentioned…probably…in the P.I.'s website tomorrow morning.
PHOTO NUMBER THREE
Here’s a pic of us putting at least 0.1 mile on the clock while riding in circles around cameraman dad.
PHOTO NUMBER FOUR
This here is the happy frog monster thang. During the whole ride, John was saying “have you seen the frog?” like a billion times. I thought he was joking about him burping a lot, but then I saw this and all the connections in my twisted little mind linked up. And a telegraph in Frich, TX was goin’ beeeep beeeep beep beeeeeeeeeeeeep…
PHOTO NUMBER FIVE
This is John riding across a neat dock we found along the water section of the road. I even commited the crime of “Bodily Fluid Expulsion at the End of a Puget Sound Viewing Device” – law number 1923963820 if you didn’t know.
PHOTO NUMBER SIX
This photo sums it all up - rain at the end of the ride, a lot of croch pain, and a painstaking, brutal, and downright close race to the finish…or not…John let me take 1st easily, even though he was ahead most of the ride. I just told him I was too good to be in his presence…
This was a sweet ride, and I must brag that I made it all the way up “The Hill” with no falls nor walking, and also took the loooong route (33 mi) instead of doin’ it sissy style with a measly 23 mi. This was for sure my farthest ride to date; a big step up from my previous record of ten miles. I didn’t train at all, nor did I have any kind of time to prepare because of a last minute decision to go even though rain was in the forecast and only John was going! Harper, Tom, Steve, Doc, Pete, Irene, and all other Seattle riders—you missed a stupendus ride! I can’t wait to hear your comments, JC!
The full gallery with movies and lots more pix can be seen here: http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/?g2_view=core.ShowItem&g2_itemId=178199