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  1. #16
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    BC - thanks for the kind words. I feel like there's nothing I can't do now, so watch out And yes, I will be framing a picture from the momentus day!
    Dar
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  2. #17
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    Wow!
    Some day I will ride one and I will think of yours!
    Congratulations!

  3. #18
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    That is beyond accomplishment,you definitely earned your bragging rights.
    I know I would have walked a 16 percenter.

    It might be helpful to some future rider if you made some suggestions to the organizers about the route markings and rest stop location.
    Phil, the guy who organized and marked my yearly ride, is really good at marking the route. He also takes the opportunity to spray encouraging words and the occasional "chicks dig phil"
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  4. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by zencentury View Post
    That is beyond accomplishment,you definitely earned your bragging rights.
    I know I would have walked a 16 percenter.

    It might be helpful to some future rider if you made some suggestions to the organizers about the route markings and rest stop location.
    Phil, the guy who organized and marked my yearly ride, is really good at marking the route. He also takes the opportunity to spray encouraging words and the occasional "chicks dig phil"
    Zen, we did make suggestions to the organizers on the markings. Like Sue said, it was handed off to others this year and I'm hoping they make the necessary changes for next year.

    There was one encouraging phrase on the hills "you can do it!". They needed a few more
    Dar
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  5. #20
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    Wow- I'm super impressed!!!! Wow!!!!
    You definitely have serious bragging rights. Congratulations on an amazing (and amazingly difficult) century! Way to go!!!
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  6. #21
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    CONGRATULATIONS mtbdarby!

    Fantastic ride report, I enjoyed it.
    It sure is a great feeling to complete a century isn't it?
    Wonderful determination girl! Be proud of yourself.
    ~ Trekn Teresa ~

  7. #22
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    B I G C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to you, mtbdarby!!! You did a fantastic job hanging in there. I don't think I could have even made it under 7 hours with 2 flats.

    I got tickled reading about the nature break in the corn field. Course if I tried that, something would bite me on my bum.

    I can't wait to try a century. I'm hoping I'll be up to it in October. Thanks for posting your story. You serve as an inspiration for first timers and veterans alike.

  8. #23
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    Great story. Congratulations on finishing your first century!

    Hope I can do one this fall...

  9. #24
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    Wow! I finally got around to reading this and am thoroughly impressed. I love you likening it to having a baby. Not that I have had a baby but I am have had the same feeling about a previous suffer fest of a ride. You have true grit, I would say you definitely lived up to the CSC mantra!!
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