Birthdays — love them or hate them, they come every year. Ones that end in round numbers can cause a serious freak-out, or you can face them head-on. To celebrate the beginning of a new decade, my husband decided riding a metric century would be the most appropriate form of celebration — and ride 66 miles we did.
The Harvest Ride in Hopland, CA, provided just the right amount of challenge for our pedaling party of two. Grateful for the rest stops every 12 miles or so, we stayed well hydrated and ate grapes, bananas, and cups of trail mix as needed — mmm, salted peanuts with M&M's. The route through southern Mendocino County took us past many vineyards, one large pot farm, and the stable of famed horse Sea Biscuit's great-great-great-granddaughter. Most of the roads were quiet country roads, but there was some bizarre routing through Ukiah (population 15,500). Upon finishing our metric century, we were treated to barbecue and beer — my fave recovery drink. This small ride was super fun with proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah. Once back at our hotel we swam (as close to an ice bath as I will ever get) and hot tubbed, both of which I highly recommend for easing aches and pains after a long ride.