Way back when, because I love climbing on my road bike so much, I used to do many of the killer road down in Jefferson County and Franklin County.
In fact, I used to live in Fenton, about a mile from the Pink Elephant. A weekly ride used to be out to the covered bridge on Old Lemay Ferry.
After riding with men like Andy Hunsaker and Chris Ploch on those same roads yesterday, I realized that I used to be a good climber. Now, I simply make it up the hills. No more than completing them. And I realized that guys with big, strong legs are hard to stay with. And riding in the rain is pretty fun when it's warm. We rode for 3 hours in the rain and it was darn cool.
Only wish I was in better shape to enjoy it.