Posted by: amelia | August 21, 2010

Entering the Eastern Mountains

Friday August 20

By Rodrigo Samayoa

What do I like most about biking? I would say uphills. Although most people think it is the worst part of biking, I believe it is the best because everything that goes up eventually has to go down. Reaching 50 miles per hour on a bike is gives you an adrenaline rush no rollercoaster can provide. Yesterday’s ride was all about this. We have finally entered the mountains in the east coast and I have to say, the Rockies are nothing compared to these. For the first time we had to climb hills that are up to 14% grade, but that also means we are going down -18% grades reaching speeds that were not possible in the Rockies. Yes, it has been more challenging, but at the same time it has been more enjoyable.
Yesterday was one of the best days we have had in this ride. We took country roads all the way from Syracuse to Climax, NY enjoying beautiful sceneries and steep hills. At the end of the day there was not one person who was in a bad mood. We were all enjoying the ride to the fullest and remembering why life is so beautiful. Thankfully, the ride was not the end of the day. That evening we arrived at Susie’s Climax Creations Farm where Susie and Bruce greeted us with a party just for us. Their neighbors and friends came over for a night of food and drinks where we all got time to relax and talk. We were able to enjoy some Mac and Cheese, organic chicken from the farm, tarts made by our host Susie, garlic bread, enchiladas brought by the neighbors and much more.


  1. It sounds like you’ve (and not only you, but the whole team) reached a kind of nomadic reckoning by coming this far. I can imagine that perhaps words don’t really do the job for you at this point for describing where you’re at. Well, but congratulations for coming this far. Best wishes for the last few days. As the saying goes in Japan, the worrier readjusts the helmet and sword when victory is at fingertips.

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