It’s official.  I completed my first century ride on October 1st:  the CRW Cranberry Century.  101 miles to be exact.  Don’t forget that ‘1’ – the last mile is always a killer!

It was a beautiful ride in Southeastern Massachusetts.  We cruised the rolling hills of Miles Standish State Forest, saw cranberry bogs, and had our 73-mile stop at the very picturesque Mattapoisett Harbor.  Mattapoisett

It was about 45 degrees when we started out (brr!), but warmed up into the very comfortable mid-60s.

Charles River Wheelers (CRW) puts on a great ride. Plenty of snacks at the well-placed aid stations – it was like doing 4 x +/-25-mile rides.  I found it really helpful to think of the day in segments.  And there was pie – Petsi’s piesPetsi’s bourbon chocolate pecan pie – at the end.  I think I’m in love.

Huge thanks to my two riding partners, Michelle and Melaney, for making sure I didn’t bail out in favor of the 66-mile ride (I admit, I was tempted), and for making the ride so pleasant.

Will I do it again?  Sure!  Or some other one.  Now that I’ve done it, I think I can do it again!

Riding home afterward, the conversation turned to food, as it often does.  Michelle mentioned stuffed peppers.  So I made a couple.  Yellow peppers stuffed w/a brown rice mixture of onions, garlic, mushrooms, peppers, edamame, cheese, various spices, salsa, random other stuff… More cheese (can never have too much cheese).  See for yourself!


(photos, other than the peppers, thanks to Michelle)