Congratulations on the hill, Owlwhisperer! I really admire your ability to conquer such a steep grade.
My home is in coastal Georgia, where it's hard to find a spot 100 feet above sea level on our rides. Whenever I go someplace else to ride, I have a better appreciation of how much more fit you riders in hilly spots have to be to rack up the miles. Believe it on not, I am on a six day ride in north central Florida, and the hills are killer for me. Folks from Nashville I met at lunch thought it was a just pleasant rolly ride.
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