Friday, July 07, 2006


Up In New Yawk

Left 11PM Thursday night to drive the 8 hours or so up to Saratoga. A nice 2-3 hour sleep stop at dawn. Missed all the traffic gettin' by the Big Apple. The weather is freakin' bE-AAA-UTe-if-fuLLL. Supposed to be warmer tomorrow for the race. High 80's, with night time lows in the low 60's.

The small host motel was sold out over a month in advance, and since I, like, totally had the weekend wrong I'm stayin' in downtown Saratoga Springs. Really nice place.

Got here early enough to spend 3-4 hours working on the bikes which are ready and rollin, smooth and nice. Pretty much set up the same except the gearing. The Six13 has a 12-27 rear cassette, while the R3000 has n 11-25. Rode each of 'em around the Saratoga Spa State Park, after prepping 'em in lot near some bubbly spring water.

Haven't been here since I was 12 years old (that was like about 10 years ago???!?!-- hah) I'm tryin' to live in a time warp. For those aren't hep to the local history, here's a summary. Basically water bubbles up everywhere. FDR liked the bubbly springs so much he built a little bath house around one of 'em about 75 years ago. You can still take mineral baths here. Maybe I shoulda.

Still not sure which bike to ride. The Six13 is plush, but flexes on climbs. The R3000 is tight as a snare drum, but you feel every pebble. A game day decision.

Hope everyone has time to get their



anxious to hear how this one went. you're a road-dog animal! hope all went well. jm
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