Tuesday, August 16, 2005
On Sunday I was one of the 20,000 riders of the Portland bridge pedal. I did the 8 bridge/24 mile ride which covers most of the bridges except the sellwood bridge. I went as far up at the St. John's bridge. I left my house at 7:35, got there at 8 and by the time I got through registration and the queue to start, I didn't get going until 8:30. The Marquam bridge was a big party and you had to walk your bike to get through. As it was, I slipped under the police tape to the side just to get through a little faster. As a result, I missed the water there. The next stop was out of water. And then my chain got stuck between the gears. I had to walk to the top of the Freemont bridge and then wait to get help from the mechanic's station there. That took about a half hour. I ended up walking the last portion up the St. John's because I was tired by then and it's kinda steep. I swear, the wind was blowing against me to and from the St. John's. I finished at 12. It took me another half hour to drag my self home afterwards. My ass is still sore from the ride.