My encounter with the law was on the first day of spring break, which usually alleviates stress, but as I went to the grocery store to pick up a few items for my upcoming trip down south the mood was turned upside down when I saw the flashing lights in my rear view mirror. Of course I am not going to blame myself even though I was speeding, but instead I will point my anger to the man in blue who thought it would be a great idea to set up a speed trap at the bottom of a fairly steep hill at the exact point where the speed limit changes from 45 to 35. While coasting and even hitting the brakes at the 35mph sign, my speedometer read 50. I’m sure the man who pulled me over saw things differently as he saved the world from the likes of one dangerously fast Subaru station wagon.
On to the good stuff. The weather is sloppy, cold, and wet at home and going somewhere warm for a week couldn’t have been a better idea. First stop on the list:
After the ride, I took a straight shot down to stop number 2,
(The label on the camp fuel changes color when the can is too hot to handle.... or simply self-ignites.)
My next destination was Croft Natural Area near
The plan was to next spend a day in
The trails at
(The calm before the storm)
The race itself was difficult to plan for due to the severe storms and tornadoes that had taken over the area. However the start gave way to blue skies, but because of the instability in the weather I took off like it was an XC rather than an endurance race. I had the lead from the moment we funneled into the singletrack, and for the first few laps I had to keep the abusive pace as I could see 2nd place, Dan Corum off in the distance. Eventually I lengthened my lead to nearly 20 minutes which opened up enough of a gap in the end to complete an extra lap over the field. Somehow the storms waited until after the race to roll in, never posing a threat to any of the racers. Hopefully this race will be a good indicator for how the rest of the season is going to play out.