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Chillin’ with the Chilly Hilly

March 1st, 2010 by Wendy

Even if the sun hadn’t come out this weekend, more than 6,000 bicyclists still would have shown up on Bainbridge Island for the 37th annual Chilly Hilly bike ride (well, maybe a few less than 6,000 would have participated if it had been blowin’ sideways).

Don’t get the wrong idea.  I didn’t ride.  Have you seen the hills over here?  Some of them do go down, but most of them go up.

Personally, I think these folks had the right idea today.  Ahhhhh, tranquility.

But I did finally go watch throngs of cyclists unload from the ferry.  And there were a lot of them.

Wall-to-wall cyclists trickled out of the boat.  And then some more trickled out.  And….wait for it…yes, more.

Kinda like Noah’s ark if the animals wore spandex and Camelbaks.  Well, excluding the camels since they always have camel backs, don’t they?   Ba-da-ching!

That slow exit off the boat was probably fine since they needed to save their strength for the hills like this:

But most importantly, I noticed a special guest this year.  We wondered what he did for fun on his days off.   Now we know.

Which brings us to this burning question: Have you been naughty or nice so far this year?

Don’t worry if you’ve been naughty, cuz clearly Santa has other things on his mind right now….

*whew* *shakes imaginary sweat off finger tips*

Read more about the Chilly Hilly here.

Click this link to see a fun short film of the Chilly Hilly 2010.

(Updated post to include the short film link.)

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7 Responses to “Chillin’ with the Chilly Hilly”

  1. because more is always better… | Let the dog in! Says:

    [...] that’s beside the point. The point is that you should be nice and supportive and go read about the humongous 37th annual bike ride called the Chilly Hilly (no, that’s not your bitter [...]

  2. Brooke Says:

    I feel like we’ve come full circle. I think I first “met” you by reading another newspaper blog that you used to write for. Looking forward to reading more of this one!

  3. jennyingram Says:

    Oh Wendy! I wondered how Santa burned off his Christmas Eve cookie-eating frenzy! I am shocked – I had no idea SO many people showed up for the Chilly Hilly – insanity!!!!

  4. Wendy Says:

    hey, Brooke! yes, i wonder if i should warn them b/c the Seattle PI went under, didn’t it?! (or left online only) totally not my fault. i was out of town that day.

  5. Kathleen@ForgingAhead Says:

    Wendy, you’re brilliant! And this ride looks like a ton ‘o fun! Get on your bike girlfriend.

  6. jennyingram Says:

    Kathleeeeeeen!!!!!!!

  7. Dawn Merydith Says:

    I’d forgotten about the Chilly Hilly! So nice to see and hear about it.

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