Our destination was Lancaster and we shoved off. We headed out Waterloo, crossing Winchester and then hitting the long, slightly uphill slog. Little Diesel took a nice pull, then Green Caboose and soon she waved me through and ahaaaa!!! I was given the opportunity to show these folks what 10 days cycling in CA will do for you. I put in a supreme effort all the way to Slough...turned to look at the damage I had wrought...THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!.....but wait.....the group had actually grown and even some "C" riders had caught back on including Eve.... at least I am certain my tolerance to alcohol has improved from that CA trip if not my cycling prowess.
We hit Sitterley, then Marcy over to Rock Mill, turning right, then left on Crumley and followed that all the way to #22, crossing over and eventually reaching Mill, crossing over #657 and turned onto the dreaded Stump Hollow. At last, here was an opportunity to show off them climbing legs. By this point, we were down to 8-9 consisting of Recumbent/Upright Dude, Jeff S, Franz, Kenda Janet, Amanda, Kent, Chris (riding a brand new Project One Trek that is solid black with electric shifters), Recumbent Dude's brother-in-law and one other guy. We hit the opening ramp....gawd that is steep. hit the steeper ramp.....been awhile since I unclipped......hit the steeper yet ramp and then finished on the steepest ramp which is 20%. I am proud to say I finished in the top 10, although someone denigrated that performance by making some comment about how much easier it is with a 28 in back! I'll have you know I could have easily climbed the hill in a 27 3/4 if I had too.