Headline News for today...I'm still here! The hills of the Cabot Trail are intimidating and, yes, it's hard. But I managed to stay the course today (literally) only stopping once to sip from the water bottle (that I forgot I had) and walking the bike up the last quarter of one hill. Not too shameful, I guess.
The hills are a serious challenge for me and it's not just a matter of physical ability (although I could certainly use a large dose of that!). My biggest challenge has been adjusting to the gears which are very different from the bikes that I've used before. On the "hill in question" I made the mistake (and not for the first time) of clicking the gear with my forefinger rather than my thumb which shifted to a larger gear instead of the smaller one. It was too late to change gears, so I lost most of my momentum as I peddled uphill and the bike slowed to a rather embarrassing crawl. It finally got to the point that I had to either walk the bike or tump.
Yes, I said tump. You know, like, fall over sideways?
I chose walking over tumping.
So that was my first day...great trip-mates, amazing scenery, mockingly difficult uphill climbs leading to exhilarating downhills, one walk, but no tumping. I can live with that!
They say there's a really big hill to climb tomorrow. A really big hill?