The day started almost uneventfully as close to 15 riders assembled
outside the Alpine Inn in Wilmington, NY for the start of the Adirondack 540
The light was dim, being before 7AM, but the energy and confidence was
high. The air was cool from a night's worth of rain and 6C
temperatures. Everyone seemed to be ready, especially James.
I won't recount the entire day as it's been a long one for James
and it's not about over as I write this. By the time I see him next
(hopefully before 4AM), he will have ridden 440 kms and climbed over
15,000 feet. So, while you sleep in a warm, comfortable bed tonight,
think of James as he pushes on in the altitude, below zero temperatures
and fog. But be rest-assured that James will have Kerri and Steve as
guardian saints as the follow his every km in the chase vehicle.
We are keeping track of everything that goes into and out of James and will report most of the stats tomorrow. Some stats are simply
"TMI"! I will say that the highlight of the day were the
made-to-order smoked turkey wraps and, of course, the Cokes (pony
James' first lap was just under 10 hours -- ahead of plan and an
average speed of 22 km/h. This may seem slow for BCC rides but
consider that he's gone from the Beach to Lake Simcoe and back and THEN
has another 660 km to go (or, put another way, add-on a trip to Trois
Rivieres, Quebec after!)
While James is as patient and calm as we all know him to be, Kerri,
Steve and I are focused on one word -- "adapt." Simply put, "stick to
the plan but plan for $#!*" (stuff) to happen!
I have to get
some sleep now, I expect an early morning wake up call that will expect
room service. He's already told me: coffee and a stack of pancakes
"as big as my head" (not sure what to make of that, but we roll with
these things. Remember? "Adapt!")
Please send encouragement to us -- we will ready it out loud to
James. Send to both Kerri and I so that you don't have to worry about
Enjoy the nice, warm bed you're sleeping in tonight! C'mon now, send some encouragement now!
(PS we can't confirm receipt because cell / blackberry coverage is spotty)