12 June 2006

BRAG Day 2 - Cartersville to Jasper

I did not sleep well at all last night. Not long after I went to bed and finally fell asleep, the fire alarm in the gym next to where I was camped. I was startled awake and, half-asleep, I scrambled out of my tent to see what was happening. Not seeing any emergency, I went back in my tent and waited for the alarm to turn off. A little while later, the alarm went off again. Then, during the night, several trains passed by the school, blowing their horns so that nobody missed their presence. Shortly before it was time to get up, the fire alarm went off again.

Today, I rode a demo bike from Cannondale. It is a model called the Synapse. The bike has a frame made of carbon fiber. This model had Ultegra and 105 components. The black on black color scheme made the bike look very fast. One person said it looked like a stealth fighter.

The route today was very hilly. Several hills were over one mile long. One was nearly two miles. There were several sections that were painfully steep. In fact, I was just barely faster than the long line of people who were walking their bikes up the steepest part.

I chose to use the demo bike today because it was hilly; and the demo is lighter than my bike. Overall, I was glad to be on the demo bike. It was noticeably lighter, and handled beautifully. It was especially good going downhill. The bike descended very quickly and was agile. I went very fast down some of the hills and never felt out of control.

I rode with 11 year old AJ again. He has a great attitude and rides hard. He an I did a couple of sprints.

On one of the earlier hills, I was feeling relatively good and gave a quick push to a giro who was struggling. I was able to tease her about it later, because she did not get a good look at me.

Steve and Riley and I went to local pool to cool off and then went to a well-deserved steak dinner.

Now it is time to relax. Hopefully, I will sleep better tonight. Lynn and the kids are on their way up. They will meet me in Gainesville tomorrow.

Until then.


At 6/12/2006 8:17 PM, Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

Yes I'm jealous. Yes I'd like to be there rather than reading about it.

But yes, I want you to keep posting the details.

Sounds like a great time.

I know what it's like to miss sleep when you're on a long distance bike ride. Not nice. I hope you get some good rest in the coming days.

(By the way, you didn't tell us who won the sprints, you or the 11 year old. I'll draw my own conclusions.)


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