After weighing the options of "Ride the Darby" or a couple of rides out of Canal or vicinity, the blog decided......drive to Monterey, VA and do Mountain Mama!!! I know, some of you are thinking, "But Mark, you have short cutted every hard ride and have not done anything over 80 miles since March and now you're going to do a 100 miles with 13,000' of climbing?!?!? My goal is to avoid the big cramp and have to SAG in, as my good friend Kevin H did last year. I asked Kevin what he would do differently and he said start a lot slower, pace yourself and don't stop for the Mountain Dew at that store. Rather than start early with Tuna's group, I'll probably start at the official start time of 8:00am, enjoy all the food stops (they'll be running out of food by the time I get there), enjoy all the nice volunteers and take lots of images for the blog. Next stop, the luxury of the Hermitage hotel in Bartow, WV.
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