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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Worth a Thousand Words

The days of our lives are defined by the experiences and the people we choose to let in. Some of those experiences simply can not be explained by words or pictures alone... Yesterday was one of those days (For those who shared in this epic adventure you understand, much respect).

Over the course of 11 hours, from sunrise at 30 degrees to the sunset up the infamous Shaffer’s climb out, I was dragged through every human emotion possible. A group of 18 friends, whose common ground is defined by their passion for two wheels, ventured into the Moab’s White Rim for what turned out to be a lot harder task then I had expected. (I can't really explain what Jordan is doing in this picture but I hope he finds what he is looking for?!?)

Trek/VW's newest addition, “Rad” Ross Schnell, is always keeping the vibe positive and ringing in the old school. (Check out the fog building up under his vintage Oakleys!)

Blog off ‘05.... Sager cancelled all his appointments at the Park City Spa to make Brian’s Epic Ride and round out one of the most talented MTB group rides ever.

Nick Gould is doing his best version of the child's pose, getting rejuvenated for six more hours. The “Muscle’n it” crew from D-town made a much appreciated appearance and continues to always keep the love alive! (Btw, next year Dave Harris has to do two laps) A piece of me still feels drawn to the Durango scene and I am blessed to have such great friends there that share my same crazy visions of life.

Team Maverick showed up in typical fashion, sporting their free sunblock samples and forgetting their number plates. Ryan “The Grinch” Lynch, a man of deep thought provoking words, pretty much summed it up, “oh, so blown out”.

Speaking of “blown out,” coming down the final road stretch we came accros Ranno walking in the bushes, sporting the face of utter displacement and exhaustion (If this ride can produce this face on an exprienced pro, imagine what it does to an average joe). Just finishing something like this ride, that breaks down our physical and mental barriers, opens new doors to confidence and possibilities (Ranno did finish out the ride under his own power).

Consider this Brian's personal invitiation for next year’s birthday adventure (note what the signs says in the background!). Wish you where there and may all your days be epic.


Blogger Jordan Peterson said...

Sounds like you guys had a really fun time... Ahhhhhh!!!

5:27 AM  
Anonymous Ethan said...

Hey, what's up! I talke to Gould today... man I wish I could've been there... but recovery takes precedent right now, oh well! I'm glad you guys had a good time! Next Year!

4:46 PM  

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