Then, because working the body hard sometimes feels better than not, up to Mt Baker, site of a regionally-famous hillclimb race. I had to pack the panniers (bike bags) for a combination of social and recreational destinations, so went pretty light on the camping gear. It's 35 miles from Bellingham to the town of Glacier, at about 1000' elevation. From there the road goes UP, gaining 4,000' in another 25 miles, much of it right at the end. So I went as far as I could the first day and camped at the higher campground, 52 miles from Bellingham.
That made the next day a little easier, only 12 miles (but UP) to the end of the road at Artist Point, then all the way back to Bellingham, making 72 miles, but largely downhill. A friend joined me for the last 30 miles back, psyched on a new roadbike and looking to ride.
The funny thing is, I can feel the difference in my legs from only a few days of cycling with weight - went for a run and felt strong on the uphills. MTB Himachal here I come!