With only 2 days of riding, we are already 134 miles into our trip. Today we took our first rest day in Bremerton, WA. The first few days of riding are always the hardest, so many of us welcomed the day off to sleep in, do laundry, and for some, take the ferry to Seattle for sightseeing. I opted to stay at the hotel where I was able to get some additional rest in preparation for 5 days of riding before our next rest day.
A group photo in Bellingham, WA prior to our first day of riding. I felt like the great pumpkin riding in my bright orange jersey, but I was in good company as most of us opted for day-glow colors which make us visible to traffic.
A spectacular sunrise from our hotel in Bremerton, WA. Not only was our hotel right on the water, but it was right next to a Starbucks only enhanced the early morning view.
The "mother ship" that not only carriers luggage for 34 women, but also spare bike parts, provisions for breakfast and dinner, and the occasional riders and bikes who need a "bump" up along the route.
Our ride tomorrow takes us from Bremerton to Elma, WA. The 69 mile ride will take us inland as we make our way towards the Washington coast. The day starts off with some pretty steep climbs which has me thinking about taking a "bump up" to mile 7 or 10 so that I can save my legs for the rest of the ride. I don't like to start the day off this way, but I like even less being in "granny gear" where I'm peddling like a cartoon character but not moving forward. Walking up the hills is always an option, so I'll wait to see how I feel in the morning before deciding. Fortunately, the forecast calls for clear whether I ride or walk it will be under sunny skies!