I expected that it would feel good to climb for more than three minutes at a time but i was not prepared for the level of excitement I experienced. Not only was the actual climbing a blast but the scenery blew me away - it reminded me so much of California's North Bay terrain that it was almost eery. If I were dropped from a helicopter anywhere in the middle of the ride, I would have been hard pressed to believe I were somewhere else other than Mt. Tam or West Marin area. Even the weather and scents were a perfect match! We rode through a few microclimates to include a mixture of clouds, warm sun and chilled fog while breathing in varying smells of flowers and manure.
Aside from my stopping periodically to pee or take a photo, the whole ride was spent either climbing or descending. I was in Heaven! After holding in my excitement for almost four hours, i finally screamed out loud and nearly blew Jonas off his bike! It was an adventure I will never forget! The good news is that I may have the opportunity to ride there again for my birthday next week (19 July) - depending on the weather! I will steadily pray to the sun gods from now until then in hopes they grant me my birthday wish.