Saturday, October 7, 2006

HILLY HUNDRED

I was reminded today why the Hilly Hundred draws thousands of riders to southern Indiana each year in October. Under clear skies and temps in the low sixties, we struggle together up steep hills and then literally sail down the roads and across the hilltops. The turning colors of the leaves are matched by the bright bikes, gear, riders' jerseys. I had as much fun today, at age 47, as I had when I started riding the Hilly over twenty years ago. Today's ride took us 50 miles through Owen and Morgan Counties. Climbs included "The Three Sisters," "Cemetery Hill," "Water Tower Hill," and "Neill Hill." Those sisters were really ugly.

Because I will not be available to ride the Sunday portion of the Hilly, I participated in the "Ride to the Ride" on Friday. Each year, about 70 riders gather at Shapiro's Deli in downtown Indy on Friday morning before the Hilly and ride the 67 miles to Ellettsville--host town to the Hilly. Because I had no support vehicle back, I rode with the group to Morgantown, then returned to Indy, about 63 miles in all.

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