I just want to say that even though I did do the ride alone today, I really appreciate everyone's kind thoughts and words. That was really nice of you Sam to stop by. While company would have been cool, it was sort of cathartic to do it alone, if that makes any sense. That and I realized about halfway there that anyone who had ridden with me would have likely been annoyed at how utterly out of shape I am... I can admit to having used the granny ring more than once on the way up! That said, I did make it and it is a very worthwhile ride. It's basically up up up all the way there and then a very pleasant cruise home. Highway 27 isn't too hairy, but at the same time it might be nice to find a quieter road as it is pretty busy - you can't really take in the scenery a whole lot, since most of the time is spent staying alive.
I do plan to do that ride regularly at least for this summer, as my car is out of commission for a while and so that's my only way to visit LJ's grave.
I'll post a message here somewhere in case anyone wants to join.
Thank you again for responding to my CL post; even if you couldn't make it I'm touched that you would even consider it. You have renewed my firmly held belief that bikers are awesome people.