Sorry folks, after my pre-dawn update here on the Sunday of the ride, I was either gone or far too whacked out with sleep deprivation to write anything.
The 2008 Vapor Trail was probably the best ever. I can't thank everyone enough; the volunteers, riders, and friends/families were totally great to work with. There's still some clean-up and post ride work to be done, but the memories are great. I could not have hoped for a better event.
On Sunday morning after I posted here, I drove the drop bags up to Aid Station #3 at Monarch Pass. After I got there I hiked up the Continental Divide Trail north toward Old Monarch Pass to get some photos of the first riders heading in. Here they are, in order that they were riding at that point, a bit more than halfway through the course:
Ryan Hamilton appears through the evergreens, smiling
Kevin Thomas shows up moments later in hot pursuit of Ryan, rockin' a converted SS in tennis shoes with platform pedals
Matt Turgeon 7 minutes behind the first two
Calvin Rickard, all blurry from being up all night
Aaron Gulley, also somewhat blurred
The legendary Andrew Lapkass, the 6th man, half hour behind the first two
Steven Yore two minutes behind Andrew
Jason Stubbe, smiling in front of the sky
Jeff Kerkove grinding his way up highway 50 toward the third Aid Station
Salidan Kevin Thomas wound up finishing the fun ride before any of the others. Proud of our local boy! Check the other results at http://vaportrail125.com/vaporResults.php
Special thanks to Fixie Dave for manning the frying pan and coffee pot at Aid Station #2.
See y'all next year!