in a perfect world of yancies: Well Done, Ryan; and Wow Are My Legs Sore

27 April 2008

Well Done, Ryan; and Wow Are My Legs Sore

So as you may or may not know, Ryan works in the service department at Helena Motors. More than that, though, he's a top-ten kind of guy. He's so awesome that Ford wanted him to come to Seattle to be honored.

Which was good news for us, since that meant we got to spend part of Saturday showing him around downtown Seattle.

After a long walk from the Space Needle to the Olympic Sculpture Park. Looks tired, doesn't he?

Meanwhile, while Ryan enjoyed his dinner (what was it, like five courses? or twelve? whatever), we began training for the Seattle to Portland bike ride.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Ride through the lovely Pacific Northwest on a July afternoon. Meet thousands of other bicyclists. Cover two hundred miles in two days. Wait, what?

Let's just say we'll see. Went on a training ride with some nice folks from Seattle U. The email promised an easy 15 miles, about an hour . . .
Um, sure. We rode over to Mercer Island, which was pretty fun, since we went next to I-90 on the world's second longest floating bridge. And Mercer Island itself is really quite lovely. Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to take any pictures, since we were having enough trouble keeping up with the others without worrying about camera angles.

How about this photo, from Wikipedia?

Not sure you really need this, but here's a map of our ride, if you're curious:

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Anyway, the long and short of it is that the ride to Portland may be too long, and our time to train too short. But we'll see. Either way, it was a beautiful day and a fun time.

And thankfully Ryan joined us for some PBR's at Whisky Bar later, ensuring that day was a success from start to finish.


  1. Yancy failed to mention that the ride was more like 23 miles and quite hilly, despite being assured that it would be "pretty flat." And it took more like 2 hours, though the people up front might have finished in closer to 1 hour. It is hard to say since we never did see them after the first few miles.

  2. Congratulations, Ryan!

    And good luck,Yancy and Emily!


  3. That Ryan sounds damn sexy! I'd sure like to meet him :o)


    Wish I could have been there, too! I'm so proud of my guy!

  4. I wouldn't believe it if you didn't have a picture. Was that Ryan's first time out of Montana? (^_^)

    Wish I could have been there just to witness it! But maybe not the bike ride...