Thanks to everyone’s suggestions last week, I’ve concluded that “If I want hills, go to Milton”. Milton has 3 featured hills in order of increasing agony: 1) Mount Nemo on Guelph Line; 2) 6th Line North of Campbellville Rd; 3) Appleby Line North of Derry Rd. Being someone whose keen on living through the weekend, I chose Mt. Nemo. Last-chance hill training!! Next weekend is the bike race up 6000 ft in elevation at Gran Fondo. Ready or not, I’m going!!! 😀
A recap of this past weekend’s search for Nemo (Route Map).
SATURDAY (45km) – Didn’t find Nemo
Short on time. Turned around 6 blocks (~9km) shy of Guelph Line, ending up on Ontario St. Uh Oh, construction road! I was squeezed in a 1-lane street with no room for passing. This meant angry drivers. A lady even screamed at me to “move aside” as her car zoomed past me a few inches away once the oncoming traffic cleared. She’s a “crazies” in my books.
SUNDAY (70km) – Found Nemo
I re-mapped the entire route on Saturday night to avoid landing on someone’s windshield. While riding on Lower Base Line, a string of spider web came flying towards me in midair (no spider attached – Thankfully!!) & landed on my handlebar & gloves. How crazy is that?! I met a cyclist (Freddy) who originally planned on visiting his daughter in the area but changed his mind to cycle with me to Mt. Nemo. 😀 Turns out he was an ex-racer & used to have a UCI license!! He has done all 3 of the aforementioned hills (plus more) a million times for training. My 1st reaction to him: “I don’t think I can keep up with you, especially up Nemo!” No worries, he slowed down for me & pulled the whole way! Freddy still had his racing mentality. NOTHING stopped him, not even red lights, waiting for a train to past, or even when I made a pitstop at a gas station. While climbing up Nemo, he had a mechanical problem. He took out his Allen key from his jersey pocket & started fixing it while pedaling! He kept saying, “It’s okay, I just keep going!” Mt. Nemo was tough but not as bad as I expected. I wasn’t out of breath as I cranked the gear down & spun as hard as my legs would let me – a whopping 12km/hr! 😳 Descending Nemo was a rush. I reached 63km/hr even with hold backs! On the return trip, Freddy led us through a path with some rollers. Like he said, “Hills are good!!” I can’t wait to tackle the other hills on the list!