Not since my freshman year at CXC have I ski raced in the East. Yeah, it’s been that long. I can’t wait to get back. We’re leaving tomorrow morning for the long drive from Wisconsin to Maine–27 hours according to mapquest. We’ll be competing in the 50km National Championship and the SuperTour Finals. Here are the details:
March 24: Marathon 30/50km mass-start skate
March 26: 5/10km mass-start classic
March 27: Classic Sprint
March 28: 5/10km skate uphill pursuit
To get me ready for the trip back East, Chris and Judy, my bosses at New Moon, had me over to tap some maples and enjoy some venison on the grill. With the unseasonably warm March we’ve had, the sap is flowing fast. Chris has already made several gallons of fresh Wisconsin maple syrup from the 20 or so maples in his yard.
My favorite energy drink, and one you can only find in the spring, is maple sap straight from the tree. It basically tastes like fresh water with a hint of sweet maple syrup. No other drink is more refreshing. It seems that Chris enjoys the sap as well. . .
Chris and Judy sent me home with a jar of fresh syrup that tasted great on my pancakes this morning.
Of course, Egan couldn’t wait to show off his new boards too. Chuck, we’ve gotta find Grant a pair of these!
Hopefully this is the only deer we come across on our road trip East. Next post will be from Fort Kent, the Northern Most Town in Maine. On a map it may look like the Northern Most Point in the US, but other places we’ve traveled this year are actually much further North, including Spokane, Washington, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan, and, of course, Fairbanks, Alaska.