Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Aid Station Report
Two wearers of the 1000 Mile Mohican Buckle-Ron Ross and Mike Jacolenne
guess the post is about the whole weekend. Regis and I took off about 1030 to go to Mohican...a strange time for us to going there. Usually it's the crack of dawn. So we celebrated by having a beer. We don't usually get to do that before going to Mohican either!
We got over to the race start/finish to find about a zillion bikers there! They were getting ready for a big group ride. Regis and I jumped right into helping Rob, Nick, and Terri. Tom Jenning and then Mike Keller and his girls showed up about the same time, so we got all the supplies split into the various bins for the various Aid Stations. Don and Roy returned from their earlier trail markings, and Don organized the trail marking supplies, and Reg and I left to mark trail.
I took advantage of Regis a bit; he started at the Covered Bridge and came toward the Fire Tower, while I started at the Fire Tower and worked my way mainly downhill toward him. It was a bit challenging to mark trail, because the mountain bikers were out in full force!
It was a nice change of pace to be mainly walking on the trails, got to look around in the woods a bit more than normal. Reg and I finished up, took a beer break, and then headed over to the Purple Loop. Since it was a beautiful day, there were still lots of folks out even in the late afternoon. We finished marking around seven and went over to the cabin for showers and food.
Mrs Baun had sent a lasagna over, and Amy Powell had spaghetti and meatballs, rolls, and salad ready! We tore into the food, with several more beers of course. Matt and Tom joined us before long. Rob was still out marking course-in the dark, on his mountain bike--his first time on a mountain bike, on trail, in the dark.... he eventually showed up right before the "worrying" cut off would begin. I reassured his wife that we knew the trail and could spot his body in a ravine if we needed to go out.
We all got up around 500 ish. Although Reg and I offiicial duties didn't start until later, we decided to go over to the start in case there was any work to do. I didn't do a darn thing but talk to all my friends as they arrived. Kind of a nice feeling, to be relaxed and able to just chit chat and not be thinking about what was ahead.
Rob gave a great speech bfore the race, that he wanted everyone to finish, and something about "if you drop, you'll get a ride in about three hours so you might as well keep walking" that got a good laugh. He then introduced Regis Shivers Jr to say a few words.
For those of you that knew Regis Shivers Sr, he loved his Mohican, and Jr does too. Reg gave a nice speech about Regis, and then started the race.