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     I used to ride down the hill of the highest point in the city. I started from the bottom of the hill in downtown Portland, OR. Crossing over the freeway on a bridge, I came from 13th and headed through a winding road with a 15% gradiant or more for a quarter mile. I made this game out of it.

        The game was that I couldn’t touch my feet to the ground. Not for a stop sign. Not because of balance. Definitely not to rest. I went up this hill, and there was no mercy for miles. I just went up an up like a very gruesome section of Tour de France. I learned to do something to make it less damnable.

       I would pedal slower, lean one way or another when my muscles were burning. When I got halfway, I was above Marquam hill, above OHSU…

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