Question answered: You cannot ride the bike up Landlady’s hill – not in the lowest gear with the assist turned all the way up.
I rode the bike to afternoon chicken chores, racing the rain. Got down the hill easier than I thought, checked on the ladies, then made as much speed as I could at the turn at the base of the hill going home. Got about halfway up before I could feel that heavy bike trying to fall back down the hill.
A more skilled rider probably wouldn’t have actually dumped it, but I did. Got a little road rash…
…and so did the bike but not bad. That leather-like substance on one grip got scratched a little, and a little mud-caked. Won’t be the last, or I’m not living hard enough. Got home just in time for the rain.
Live and learn, question answered. From now on I’ll plan on walking beside the bike on that hill.