Sunday, July 29, 2007


Oh to live on sugar mountain,
with the barkers and the colored balloons,
You cant be twenty on sugar mountain
Though you're thinking that you're leaving there too soon,
You're leaving there too soon. -Neil Young

The view from Appalachian Gap. Neil said it best "your leaving there too soon".

Saturday, a small train of seven riders left Roxbury VT in search of exhaustive satisfaction and found it 6 hours and 13 minutes later on Brandon Gap. Concentration on overtime, breathing pipes wide eff'in open. Proud Mary keep on burn'in, keep that 12-25 turn'in.

Atop our first challenge, Lincoln gap.
Soaking wet bodies
and smiles all around.

I enjoy the people I meet because of this sport, they are like no other people on earth. Not only strong, but strangely appreciative of huge doses of pain. Thanks to Sean for the trip north, a mellow guy with cycling in his soul.

The wheel is turning and you can't slow down
You can't let go and you can't hold on
You can't go back and you can't stand still
If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will

Won't you try just a little bit harder
Couldn't you try just a little bit more
Won't you try just a little bit harder
Couldn't you try just a little bit more

Round, round, Robin run around
Gotta get back where you belong
Little bit harder, just a little bit more
Little bit further than you gone before

The Wheel, Gerry Garcia

Scott, a Bliss rider from Burlington.
This seventeen year old climber pushed me to try + catch him on all four gaps.
Thanks for the workout Scott. The experience would not have been the same with out you there, if this was a race I would have lost four times.

Just fool'in, kinda.
Mile 99 of 114, on our way to a four mile decent off the last gap.
The numbers for the ride;

9400 vert feet of climbing
17.6 moving average

4 cliff bars
8 bottles
1 loaf banana bread (yes, the loaf in my jersey pocket)
2 paks fig newtons
1 banana
1 orange
1 v8
1 half bag of potato chips
2 gallons of stinging sweat in the eyes
4 convenience stores stops
14 worn out legs.


Sean said...

Please take note that Andy essentially dusted his road bike off for this insane ride and handily completed it. Andy: you have earned your place in my list of 'hard men'. Thanks for the great time; thanks for coming. Lets do another epic ride this fall after you've rested from your 5 epic weekends.



PS I'm stealing a couple of your shots for my blog.

rick is! said...

nice man, there are some great climbs over there. Will I be seeing you at the 101 this weekend? If so, just look for the bright red pop-up!