Sounds like we will be going to Portland in August. Which means preparing now for long hours on a bike. Just like the Mercer Island Water Polo team (state champs) is gearing up for long hours in the pool.
So... The 13th is on a Sunday and Nate brought it to my attention that this would be a great opportunity to shake the cob-webs off the distance riding legs and perhaps start shifting gears from riding "near with beer" to "far with bars".
Anyway, I seconded his motion to ride east, do a bit of distance (not too much) by doing a clockwise circumnavigation of the island of my employ and finish with a toast at the Roanoke before heading back to a Seattle ZIP code for more toasting as success is guaranteed.