WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!
I can't even begin to explain how incredible this was. In some ways it seems entirely crazy, in others not enough. I do have to say at this point it is enough. I finish the 257 mile course in 25.5 hours. I never felt beat or broken and enjoyed all of the sweating, climbing, and down pouring that was thrown at me. I am very proud of my accomplishment. I am not the typical cyclist type and it takes a huge effort to get me up and around on the hilly and mountainous roads of VT. But, that doesn't stop me and now I know I can do anything that I set my mind to.
It all started at 2:30am. I got up to get ready for Mike was picking me up at 3:15. We drove out to the park & ride in Waterbury (hey, that's what we did - parked then went for a ride). We rolled out of Waterbury at 5am and headed to Montpelier.
|Early up for an early start|
|I road ahead of these guys with some others for a short bit, stopped and snapped a pic|
|Mike getting on his game face|
|this is a cool vantage point|
|as is this one|
|this was the view after some long descending|
|roads that keep on going|
|my trusty friend that keeps getting me through everything|
|ticking by the time|
|40th anniversary of West Hill shop in Putney, VT|
|our bikes (on left) taking a well deserved break|
|one of many covered bridges we saw, the only one we crossed|
|15 minute nap at a control|
Here are some pictures that were the last I could take for the day. It was going to be getting dark and I wanted to concentrate on riding. I have done rides (plenty) in the dark. All winter my commute was dark in both direction.
|cockpit at speed|
After the daylight came back, we were all pretty much flat out tired and there was little to no talking anymore. I didn't take anymore pictures. I was ready to be done and scurried right along so that we could call it done. In fact it did come to an end. I am still working through catching up on rest. Because the ride started at 5am and got done at 6:30am, there is a time warp in my mind. It feels like I got up real early to go for a ride, rode for a few hours, then came home not too long after. Not easy to explain. I recommend doing an event like this. Not too soon but I will do this again and I can honestly say that I enjoyed every bit of it.
|loaded up and ready for home|