I had been debating taking on the hill the entire way there (the hill was at mile 8.5, ending at mile 9), decided when I could see the base of it that I would go for it so I shifted to my big ring to get a little more momentum. That plan fell flat on its face as I had so much sweat in my eyes by the time I got to the hill that I couldn't see and had to stop. I stuck to my decision and made it to the plateau 2/3 of the way up using the lowest gear I have and was VERY winded. I've ridden that hill before but I was 15 years younger then.
While recovering from the climb (which wasn't the first OR last on the ride) I was chatting with another cyclist who was up there when I got there, an 81 year-old. God bless him for doing it, though I'm much younger than he I also weigh more.
Weather permitting, maybe next weekend I get ALL the way to the park at the top of the hill. Last time I rode that path (Mohawk-Hudson bike path) I got to the bottom of the hill and turned around.