Longtime readers may remember that I live at the bottom of a hill. There's a bike path along the river at the bottom of the hill. When I started riding, about 2 years ago, it was a Big Deal when I made the 7 mile ride along the bike path into town.
(Neil, Sayre -- I'm talking about the Schuylkill River Trail from Manayunk to Center City Philly.)
Then I could ride the bike path in the other direction. 15 miles to the park, have lunch, ride back? A huge milestone for me in 2009; a beginning-of-the-season excursion this spring.
But getting up the hill, and out of the valley? That's just 7/10 of a mile, from the Schuylkill River Trail to Ridge Road. (They give things nice, descriptive names in this town!) And I've never been able to do it without stopping...
MapMyRide shows the key roads, Umbria St. and Domino Lane, as 6% and 10% grades (max).