Monday, July 2, 2012
Mountain Junkies Fat 5 Enduro
But, before I cancelled my race plans altogether, I decided to give one last ditch effort of calling a friend a shot to see if he knew of any shoe options for me. I decided to call my long time friend and Mountain Touring promoter extraodinar, Chris Scott. Not only does Chris live in Virgina, but he also has more cycling contacts than anyone else I know. Chris made some calls and before I knew it the Fat 5 Enduro race director himself, Kenny Palmer, was hand delivering me a nice pair of size 44 carbon-soled Bontrager shoes with Crank Brothers cleats already mounted to them. Suddenly, the stress I had about my shoe situation was over and I could start concentrating on the race again. I need to say a big thank you to both of you guys and to everyone else that assisted me in finding a pair of cycling shoes on such a short notice.
I checked into my hotel, moved everything into my room, put on the shoes and literally a few minutes later went outside to try the shoes on my bike, but was almost unable to open the door because the wind had gone from almost nothing to what seemed like an approaching hurricane. Trees were blowing all over the place, branches were flying and thunder was booming. I was shocked at how fast this storm rolled into the area and went back into my room to turn on the weather channel, so I could see the radar view of the storm soon to hit the area. So, much for racing on dry trails tomorrow, I thought to myself when I saw the size of the storm headed to the area.
I would certainly do another race promoted by Kenny Palmer. He put on a class act of a race, especially considering how he had to contend with the extreme wind and heat Mother Nature gave him this past weekend. Thanks to you and all the volunteers for doing a job well done!
Happy Trails... Gerry
Photo Credt: Mark Morrow