wednesday, 30 june 2010. after work and a long nap, i decide to test the limits of my new build. wilmington, ohio can be potentially and extremely hilly in the outer farmlands in just about all directions. wisdom – at least, i hope it was wisdom – tells me to head east, to sabina. on the backroads i cycled through fields of soy and corridors of corn. traversing the backroads, a 16.3 mile route, one-way.
when i arrived in sabina, no parade or celebration for my bicycle and its first great accomplishment, but we found a lone gazebo by the masonic temple and sat there to rest my bottom and the bike’s cranks. after rehydrating, back on the road, double-backing the same route in reverse. this time, a bit slower and with a couple more rests. this was the break-in ride, not just for the bike, but for my buttocks, which, two days later, are still sore.
and to my surprise, not one of the hills (two major, many minor) hindered the journey. yes, i had to stand up and pedal a few times, but nothing to deter my dismounting and walking.
when we returned to wilmington, the garage silently welcomed home its new two-wheeled friend.