I’ve ridden this climb I don’t know how many of hundreds of times in the last two years. I’m tired of the climb, but I never get tired of the view that is earned. Looking down at Portland like this I realize how much I’ll miss my wife, my dogs, friends - even work. All this time training for LIOTR I knew it would be difficult, but I hadn’t fully understood all the ways in which it would be difficult until now. Less than 48 hours to go before the journey of a lifetime and I’m already looking forward to climbing this hill that I’m so sick of when I return.