Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sub 9 Death March

I made it to the Boy Scout Park after a long windy drive in the dark. Camping out was a nice way to spend the night though.
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We left at a good pace which came to a crawl when we hit the gravel. They dumped fresh gravel just a few months prior, it was like riding on ball bearings. Things sped up when we hit the single track where I learned not to follow butch when he's on a CX bike.
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All smiles, but this was the first cemetery. The belt rubbed against the front ring in the lower gears, annoying, but it didn't bother me. I ran over a downed log that popped up and hit the ring, luckly it didn't bend. It's not like a chainring, where I can bend it back.
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Butch flatted out, but that didn't delay us to much. We ran into Stanley from TN, I've raced with him in the SE quite a bit.
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We caught up with the bulk of the Rogues at the tower, but decided to not climb it. You could actually see it swaying in the wind. freaky.
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The ride to Todd was great. I launched on ahead and was feeling great. After that we had a nice downhill on asphalt

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We played it safe and went to the cemetery instead of just the sign.
Cute couple right?
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Starting to get a little fatigued, and gassy?
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Getting to Callahan was via the single track, it was a mostly gravel path for horses. We made a wrong turn at an unmarked intersection but that didn't slow us down too much. Parts of the forest were a beautiful pine grove, which reminded me of Washington state.
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getting silly
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nasty asphalt climbs.
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Last one, super fatigued, but just a climb or two away from finishing in just over 5 hours.
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Heather
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Sherrie
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Riding Dirty

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