The Duck Ride

at-a-red-light Day 4 - on our way to Napa, but to get there we have to ride 65km including a fairly challenging 14 km climb.  Today is the 'infamous' Duck Ride.  The entire crew rides to Napa and then on to Cindy's Backyard Kitchen for lunch.  The challenge however is to refrain from drinking too much wine...

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After a pretty challenging 2.5 hours of riding we all arrive en mass to this great restaurant in the Napa Valley.  The wine is promptly ordered and then the fun begins.  We all begin to drink too much wine and then enjoy a fantastic meal.  The problem is the ride home.  We have to climb an extremely steep 8 km hill to get out of Napa Valley, I'm talking 15-20% grade for much of it.  Let's just say that at one point I thought the duck I ate was either going to fly North or South, but apparently it couldn't make up it's mind...

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The group sitting down for a mid ride snack...

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The Duck (minus a small bite from the bottom left, couldn't help myself)