My first STP ( 2 days ) with a group of four other riders ( three STP virgins as well ). We rode 120 miles in the first day ( to Winlock ) and then 82 miles the next.
Logistics of the ride are amazing. This is one well-oiled machine. Hats off to Cascade, Portland Wheelmen, and other groups assisting.
The hills - a lot of fun rollers and I really got a kick out of the Hill @ mile 45. Nothing like settling into a good climb
People cheering in Portland
The ride over the Longview bridge w/ 1,000 of my closest velo-buddies. Awe-inspiring
Finishing the ride strong and without any cramping or soreness. I had done 1,300 miles of riding since late. Jan.
Mechanic support - I developed a loose crank arm, and got it addressed quickly in Castle Rock
The folks with hoses in the latter part of the days
Winlock hospitality - Senior Center, Winlock Elementary camping, and the delightful Pub near the Firehouse Restaurant
Our group of five finishing - we all made the decision to do it in February and we followed through...
Watching the Chunk/Tall bike cross the finish line with the viking helmet wearing rider
Cars honking on Hwy. 30 ( Oregon ). Not the friendly "yeah cyclists" type, but more of the "pox on your family" variety
Long pacelines passing w/o announcing
Personal Support Vehicles trailing some groups ( some sections of the ride I felt that about 1/3 of the cars were PSVs )
One of my allen wrenches flying out of my saddle bag around Chehalis
The HEAT. On the 2nd day, my group was stopping frequently just to get more water, I finished off a bottle and a half just between Scapoopse and the finish ( 16 miles ) and it was low 90s then
Hwy 30 just plain sucks. I know there isn't a better routing but honestly that road is just unpleasant.
The poor women who crashed just behind me around Fort Lewis. I heard a yell/scream and the clash of frames from the pile-up. Not sure if she touched my rear tire.
COLD showers @ Winlock Elementary.