I rode down to the start, which was only about 7 miles from my house, and got the legs all warmed up. Someone was nice enough to supply coffee and donuts at the start, and I got there with plenty of time to have a little coffee and survey the massive amounts of bike porn that lay in front of me. There were plenty of people there (my guess is 75-100), probably due in part to the great weather, and some of the randos there had really impressive rides.
After having done my last couple of 200K permanents solo, it was nice to get out and ride in a group again. Some friendly banter really makes the kilometers fly by, not to mention the fact that you don't have to scrutinize the cue sheet all day when you're in a group (as long as 1 person knows where the hell they're going!). Everyone I met along the ride was incredibly friendly, and happy to be out on such a nice day. I met a couple of folks who I either knew through the blogosphere or vice versa, and ended up doing a large chunk of the ride alongside Dan Boxer, and a guy named Andy (??).
We route took us up climbs on Cougar Mountain (by way of Montreaux Hill) and Tiger Mountain, with some other assorted climbs thrown in for good measure. My legs felt good that day, but I had to hustle up some of the hills to keep pace with the small group I found myself in. It was challenging, but I kept reminding myself that "it's only 100K today, not 200".
Speaking of the hills, I love the way that Kent Peterson described Montreaux Hill a while back on his blog:
"The Montreux climb is a piece of cake..... A piece of stale cake that lodges in your throat and threatens to cut off all oxygen. "When all was said and done, I finished a few minutes over 4 hours, which felt fast for me, given the terrain. The real moment of satisfaction though, came in the form of a cold, delicious, post-ride beer at the Dog and Pony Alehouse (which had a pretty damn good tap selection). I'm really excited to get back on the road with many of the same riders in a few weeks for the Chili Feed 200K.
A few other good ride reports (including pictures!!) are here and here and here.