There is a hill near my house that looks like a ski slope without snow. It is steep!!! I had yet to try it, as I did not want to get 'stuck' and have to turn around before even getting up to the top.
well, I fear this hill no longer!
I was not able to ride to work today, and was getting antsy, so I plotted an 11+ mile loop that started with this hill. I then incorporated another one a couple miles down the down, followed by a gradual decline and a couple rollers at the end. Here is the ride: http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/ma/upton/1098383357
Min alt 305
Max alt 604
It does not sound like much, I guess, but I know how it felt biking-just about all of the climbing is in 2 ascents. My total route was 11.5, finished in 45 flat, and averaged 15mph, including the hills. This was a good accomplishment for me, as I have avoided this hill since I got back into biking in the spring. I have done longer rides, and done more total miles in a day, but getting past these hills was a good thing, and I hope to include them in more rides.