Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Last Dash

With little time before dark, my son and I took to the road. We didn't have much of a plan to start with, so we didn't shoot off like a gun, but a couple miles down the road I let the hammer drop.

The wind was driving us along pretty well and we arrived in Apison, with 20+ mph. At the crossing of Apison & E. Brainerd we ran into a riding buddy who we coaxed into continuing on with us. From there we flew up to Clonts, over to McGhee, down to Bill Jones and decided to head back to the house.

It was back into the wind, with a valiant effort, turning ourselves inside out, we got back to the house with a 19.9 (I'll take it).

Going up University Drive, just past Moore road, there is a steep pitch that is our final climb and final test. We hit it just as hard as we could. Ahead of us near our turn-in, on the side of the road, was a man standing (waiting for us so he could cross the road) that shouted as we went by "VIVA le Tour De France" in a french accent, to which I could not respond because I was in serious oxygen debt, barely able to feel my legs. Just imagine 10,000 people standing beside the road cheering you on, the roar of the crowds lifting you up the mountain. Well, one was pretty nice, I don't expect I'll ever see many more.

Most rides are worthwhile just because you're out there riding, but this was one of those special rides. A ride to remember through the cold and dark evenings of winter when you look back and analyze the year, and wait and make plans to do it better next year.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years here I come!

Here's the Track & Stats

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