Joe and I went on a very hilly bike ride today. The day was absolutely beautiful. Mid to upper seventies, sunny, and pleasant. We started in the town of Black Diamond then dropped down into the valley. We cycled through pastoral farmland, past raging rivers from the spring snow melt from Rainier, and other cyclists. At mile 11.57 we began the 9 mile climb out of the valley back up to Black Diamond. Continuing through Black Diamond we rode all over the Covington, Maple Valley, and Ravensdale area before returning back to Black Diamond. It was a glorious day and we had a great ride! We got a wonderful 63 miles on this beautiful spring day. Of the 63 mile ride Joe calculated that we were climbing for 45 of the 63 miles, over two thirds!