This year's STP (Seattle to Portland) bike ride was a piece of cake. Riding everyday has definately made a difference in my level of fitness. New this year was NOT having to get up at 3:00AM to get to Seattle (thanks to Leandra's mom for taking us up the night before and thanks to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law for letting us sleep at their house). Also, camping in Chehalis and riding for Team Parkinsons. The food from Team Parkinsons was delicious and filling! No lines to wait in (for food anyway--potty shacks? a different story). Took to heart the addage of "Eat before you are hungry--Drink before you are thirsty". Wasn't exactly ever hungry (even gained 5 lbs!!!). Stella (my Cannondale t2) was fabulous. She sure climbs the hills easily! That hill in Puyallup? No sweat (and it was a hot day!). People were nice this year. Didn't see any crashes (did have to detour due to an earlier crash).
Next year I'll be riding the STP in one day!