The Almanzo 100 : 10 Thoughts, Observations, Recollections
1. It is important to ‘Roll with a Good Crew’.
1(a) – See Birchwood Bike Team
1(b) – See Omnium Bike Shop
1(c) – See the Banjo Brothers
1(d) – See Greg Neis and Brianna Lane
2. The Almanzo 100 is now large enough that saying ‘Howdy’ or giving high fives to all of those I should is highly improbable without a large amount of planning. To those of you I missed, consider this your ‘Howdy’, your ‘Good Luck’, your highest of fives.
3. If you see flowing water, there is a climb up ahead.
5. Cycling never needed saving.
6. The Banjo Brothers Frame Pack, Medium (Item # 01064 – MSRP $34.99 – 102 Cu In.) has made it incredibly easy for a person to stuff their face while riding their bike. This, along with the invention of the Swedish Fish candy, has made long distance riding on a bicycle finally possible.
8. 11 hours, 18 minutes and 48 seconds into the 2013 edition of the Almanzo 100 my GPS cycling computer died.
9. The spirit of the Oregon Trail (the computer game) is alive and well in Minnesotan cyclists.
10. 161.95 km into the ride, I unclipped, used my top tube as a seat and waited. The Sun made her last grasp at the fields, roads and forests surrounding me. The birds called out to their loved ones, bringing them home for the night. The wind calmed itself, tired of pushing back the hordes that had challenged it. So there I sat, listening, waiting. It was in this moment that I realized I had everything I ever wanted. It was in this moment I found my contentment. It was in this moment I felt the whole of what cycling could be.
It is this moment that will bring me back for years to come.
Thank you, Mr. Skogen. With your two hands, friends and family you have created something much larger than yourself. You have left your mark on this world and it is a positive one.