Done in by Robert Service

12 Jun
Well, I may have been able to peddle up Two Mile Hill, but on Friday when I had to take Jade up the other hill (up Robert Service Way) I was utterly defeated.  In my defence, Robert Service is a more gradual hill, so it goes on for longer, and it’s also a little higher in elevation compared to Two-Mile Hill.  Plus I was towing the trailer.  I had to get off and push, which I didn’t think would be a big deal, as I had pushed my bike up that way before.  But I didn’t count on how much more difficult it would be with a trailer.  Let me tell you, it’s a LOT more difficult.
After pushing for a short while, my calves started burning with the effort, and effect that I totally didn’t expect.  Jade was tired and hungry and didn’t like our slow progress, so she kept whining and asking to be let out to walk on her own (not in so many words, of course, but I knew what she meant).  In order to relieve my burning calves, I got back onto the bike and put it in granny gear until my thighs were burning so much that I had to stop.  And so it went, alternating burning calves and burning thighs.  My!  What fun!
I got a bit of a reprieve at the top of Robert Service, as it’s slightly downhill from there to the entrance to our neighbourhood.  (Hillcrest, which, as you may recall me mentioning, is, um, at the top of a hill.) 
Two of my neighbours passed me in their vehicles as I was making my slow and painful way up Roundel.  I was home for about a minute when there was a knock at the door.  Geoff from across the street was standing there with a big glass of water and a glass of Gatorade.  He said it looked like I was really working hard on the way up and figured I might need some refreshment.  How’s that for being a great neighbour?!

2 Responses to “Done in by Robert Service”

  1. Nemmy June 15, 2007 at 9:41 am #

    Well, Fawn, they say, was from Thunder Bay where the trillium blooms and blows.
    Why she left her home in the South to roam in the North, God only knows.
    The Northern lights have seen stirring sights but the most stirring they ever did see
    Was that fateful day when Robert Service Way got the best of poor Fawny…
    To be continued… you\’ll get him Fawny… you\’ll get him yet…

  2. Nemmy June 15, 2007 at 9:43 am #

    Though, to be fair, I guess you did get him… He just got you as good as you did him… And now I\’m confusing even myself. But I couldn\’t help throwing in a bit of Sam McGee in there…

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