200, 300, 400 &
by Harold Bridge
Someone who used to be near & dear
to me once said of me;
"Poor old Harold, he can only do one thing at a time!"
Then I take on the "Make Up Weekend!?"
It was the fashion a few years ago to set everyone off together.
But the start is a bit more controlled & easier to manage
by setting each group off separately
at 20 minute intervals, even though the 400 peleton was quantity
Whether it is "Fortunes Favours the Brave", of "Fool's
Luck" I don't know, but the weekend seemed to gel quite
Overall, the weather was, I think, near to being ideal, albeit
with some strong winds not always in the right direction.
I attempted to keep everyone informed.
But Norm Brodie at Glacier was out of cel contact & I forgot
about trying to call anyway.
Ken Wright took on Silver Lake and Fairhaven, Ron Himschoot was
allowed a lie in as he only had to get from Seattle to Arlington
before coming up to our neck of the woods
The fastest "600er", Alex Pope, had done the pre-ride
inside 30 hours & kept an eye on what I was trying to do
in the Lion's Hall. That meant the paperwork was in better shape
At the finish I wasn't allowed to use my "HJB" stamp,
as the Pope children took that over.
The season had been a good one & I think that reflected on
the "make up" numbers, especially in the case of the
300 & 400.
Relatively speaking, all control cards were decypherable, although
one looked like Dr Ballard had rescued it from the Titanic. Why,
I don't know, but there is a resistance to the cards being folded
the way Dan McGuire intended them; into 3 parts. Those folded
in 2 usually get crumpled. A control card can be considered as
an official document of an International Organisation and as
such it should be treated thus.
My thanks to all who participated, especially the helpers.
August 22, 2009
Go to: Results:
200-300-400 or 600
Go to: Photos
August 25, 2009