Wednesday, December 29, 2010
20 years or so ago, my old friend Sam Poynter stared the Mail Run. The Mail Run was always around the end of the year. The weather was (almost) always terrible. The ride was long and grueling and fun in a perverse sort of way. The chance of getting wet, lost, bonked, finishing in the dark and having a blast laughing about it were very high. In other words, it was always a ride you would remember for a long time.
Well, Sam doesn't ride a lot anymore and no longer does the Mail Run. Scott Grisom has taken on the task of the Mail Run organizing. On Monday Dec 27th we had the 2010 Mail Run at Big South Fork. Between the announcement of the ride and the actual ride time BSF got about 6" of snow. I wasn't sure we could even get to Bandy Creek or if Scott and the Middle Tn folks could make it.
An announced 10:00 start ended up being closer to 10:30. The parking lot was hard to walk on. Ice was all over where the snow had been cleared. 11 hard men started down the gravel headed towards Grand Gap. It was probably around 20* at the start. That's pretty damn cold but it also keeps the snow frozen and not wet which feels warmer than say 34* and mush.
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