[ORRando] SxSW 200
susanfrance at teleport.com
Fri Jun 26 09:09:07 PDT 2009
Yes, this is a really great route. Unfortunately, 8000` was just a wee bit beyond my ability so I was an unofficial finisher... but still it was a great route.
I learned that Lanaseptic makes a great insect replellent in a pinch. Biting flys were after me on the long slow climbs and I had nothing that was made to "repel insects". I figured if I could keep them away, I would create a fly paper of sorts and trap them. I didn't trap flys but they didn't seem to like landing on the stuff smeared all over my exposed parts.
PS. Flys can bit though shorts and in like catching a ride in the rear (literally).
>From: Michael <michael at jamhome.us>
>Sent: Jun 26, 2009 11:18 AM
>To: orrando at orrandonneurs.org
>Subject: [ORRando] SxSW 200
>I see that, so far, only four people have signed on for this brevet.
>Say it isn't so.
>Don't be deterred by the Kramer reputation for mountain goat routing. True,
>there is close to 8,000 feet of climbing in this 200K. But they're nice
>climbs with fully two thirds of them being in national forests - one of them
>cresting as it crosses the Pacific Crest Trail.
>I rode the original version of this brevet in 2006. It stands out as one of
>the most enjoyable brevets of my life. Well, that would exclude the crash
>after I had a moment of irrational exuberance, threw both my arms into the air
>in a victory V and lost control of the bike. I would probably also exclude
>the 7% grade that I walked several sections of and at the conclusion told the
>control worker to "just shoot me now." It would also probably exclude a
>couple of other moments that I've pushed out of memory. But you get the idea.
> It's a great ride.
> Michael Rasmussen
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