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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

My last long bike ride was on San Juan Island exactly one week prior so, needless to say, I was feeling like a bit of a slacker. To make amends for my lazy ways I really needed to get some serious mileage under my belt. My good buddy Gil told me about a really nice paved bike trail, the Centennial Trail, that runs alongside the Spokane River between Spokane, WA and Coeur D'Alene, ID.

So the Centennial Trail it was! This trip proved to be a 100 mile round-trip kinda ride. Since there isn't a whole lot of elevation change between the two cities it proved to be a speedy jaunt. So in preparation I packed two full water bladders and stuffed my pack with dried fruit, peanuts and energy bars. It was pregnant with potential energy, my organic battery pack that carried me through the trip, mile after mile.

To honor my man Lance Armstrong and his wearing of the yellow jersy, I donned my own yellow jersy and readied myself for my century ride. I was confident I'd finish, I just wasn't sure when. It was around noon when I left so I had a whopping 10 hours to finish it.

Click here for more detail (and pictures) on my century ride.

Mission accomplished! I was feeling a little drained at the finished but strong enough to ride more if I had to.

At this point I ate dinner then crashed. Tomorrow will surely be a day of rest.

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