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Old 07-02-07, 11:19 PM
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200 mile ride coming up. Yikes...

I signed up for the Seattle to Portland ride, coming up in two weeks. Signed up my sweet wife too. Will my legs make it? Heck, will the marriage survive? 200 miles in two days. Yikes.

We're, lets just say, legit members of this 50+ forum. We bike commute. We ride on weekends. But this will be HUGE for us. I think we're ready, but we'll see. If you don't see a post from me after July 16 you'll know we're along the road somewhere in the great Northwest, sad, wet, cold, hungry, huddled in out souvenir jackets, praying for long-gone SAG support, eating nutritiously on our rubber tires.

Here's how confident we are: My wife won't preorder the jersey just in case we don't make it....

I however, am confident. I am George Custer. I am Napoleon before Waterloo. I am Nero. I am Gary Hart. I am Evil Knievel.
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Old 07-02-07, 11:37 PM
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I rode this last year, it's not too bad. A big factor for some people are the sleeping arrangements for Saturday night. If you are staying near the halfway town, and you get a good night's sleep it will make a big difference. Start early both days, like at 6:00 am, stop and eat and drink at all rest stops, and ride steady.

There are some hills, but not too bad, I thought it was generally pretty flat. If you have sunny weather it will be a really fun ride, good luck!!

Get the jersey, you'll do it!!
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Old 07-03-07, 05:25 AM
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Good luck to both of you. We want pictures of you in the new jersey at the finish. Be sure to pre-hydrate yourselves and don't be in a rush.....enjoy the days and make some new friends.
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Good luck and have fun. I know I could never think about doing it, I don't sleep well enough as it is, have fun.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
I signed up for the Seattle to Portland ride, coming up in two weeks. Signed up my sweet wife too. Will my legs make it? Heck, will the marriage survive? 200 miles in two days. Yikes.

We're, lets just say, legit members of this 50+ forum. We bike commute. We ride on weekends. But this will be HUGE for us. I think we're ready, but we'll see. If you don't see a post from me after July 16 you'll know we're along the road somewhere in the great Northwest, sad, wet, cold, hungry, huddled in out souvenir jackets, praying for long-gone SAG support, eating nutritiously on our rubber tires.

Here's how confident we are: My wife won't preorder the jersey just in case we don't make it....

I however, am confident. I am George Custer. I am Napoleon before Waterloo. I am Nero. I am Gary Hart. I am Evil Knievel.
Better Evil Knievel than Awful Knawful, I mean who ever heard of him? Good luck! I'll be rooting for cool dry sunny weather (oh say 74 for a high) and a nice 10 to 12 mph tailwind for you.
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Old 07-03-07, 07:06 AM
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Good luck, and give us a full report.
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Have fun on the ride and be sure to take lots of pictures.
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Wow! Since I know people who do 200 miles in a day, doing back-to-back centuries is certainly doable. But not by me - even if I was being towed I couldn't sit on a bike saddle that long.

Good luck and file a trip report. I look forward to reading it.
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Curtis,

I will be doing the 2 day STP this year as well. I am riding with my daughter and her husband. With 9,000 people out there it's very doubtful we would run into each other, but who knows. Have fun.

Ride safe.

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Curtis,

I will be doing the 2 day STP this year as well. I am riding with my daughter and her husband. With 9,000 people out there it's very doubtful we would run into each other, but who knows. Have fun.

Ride safe.

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Day 2, I'm taking my life in my hands on Washington state roads by wearing my "California Republic" jersey.
Say hello as you blow past.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
II however, am confident. I am George Custer. I am Napoleon before Waterloo. I am Nero. I am Gary Hart. I am Evil Knievel.
You ARE all of those. My thoughts will be with you, as I will be riding RAIN (Ride Across INdiana) on July 14tth. One Day...One Way...160mi.
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You guys can do this. I have found on multiple days rides (or days when I ride long distances each day) that once on the bike, all the stiffness and pain goes away. Wear good shorts. Use Butt Balm. Find a good pace. Take pictures. Eat. Drink. It's a ride, not a race.
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Prepare as much as you possibly can, then aim to have fun.

We want a full ride report with pictures!
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Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil
Wow! Since I know people who do 200 miles in a day, doing back-to-back centuries is certainly doable. But not by me - even if I was being towed I couldn't sit on a bike saddle that long.

Good luck and file a trip report. I look forward to reading it.
200 miles in a day is OK. 100 miles then a night off the saddle and the next morning- Instant Butt pain.

That is why I do my long offroad in one day instead of the 2 or 3 others might take.

Take a cushion for the second day- Or learn to ride out of the saddle.

Good luck.
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