It wasn't on the itinerary when we started our ride today, but once we found ourselves at the foot of the infamous Hicks Road climb to Mt. Umunhum, the testosterone took over. Turning around (like we had planned) just wasn't an option. So, Big Dave, Stevie Z, Dickney, Scott and I pointed our bikes uphill and started pedaling. It wasn't pretty, butt we skull made it!In my case, I was carrying more than a little extra weight. I weighed my panniers when we got home - 14 pounds! I carried that load and tackled the 16%-grade sections of Hicks head on. No walking, no stopping, and no serpentines. I hereby pronounce myself READY for BikeTheCoast13. Great job today, boys!