This is my 4th LOTOJA ride and while it was not the hardest for me, it was certainly tough and is just one of those experiences you think will be a profound, life-altering accomplishment but in reality is just a very hard day of riding that you suffer through the best you can and immediately afterwards say to yourself, "NEVER AGAIN!"
The more enjoyable aspect to this event is the experience of riding with friends and spending the weekend with them, travelling, joking, talking, eating and yes..riding ALOT.
It wouldn't be the same experience without those I rode with and who supported us. Thank you very much Dave and Sherry.
Not that every big event has to be an analogy for some aspect of life, but it seems to me that this sort of experience does teach you something about what's most important. When you are suffering most, it's your friends and family you turn to, and in the absence of them, anyone with similar objectives will do. The cooperative spirit is strong when everyone wants to just make it in. Words of encouragement and praise for efforts made are honest and most appreciated. Additionally, like most things, it's more mental than physical. Sure there are people who just cannot continue at some point, however for many of us, the determination to finish can override the fatigue, pain and mental dullness brought on by such an effort. I appreciate those who, when suffering most, keep a positive outlook and do their best to encourage and assist others along the way.
Here are some photos from the Day 'o Sufferin'