Monday, January 21, 2008

It's on

The date for this year's Raccoon Rally Weekend is June 28-29. This bike fest is held in Allegany State Park in Salamanca, NY. Saturday is a beast of a 50 mile, hilly 2 lap road race. Sunday's expert mountain bike race is 30 miles of ups and downs, which mostly feels like ups when you're doing it. It's one of my favorite weekends of the year. This photo was from the 2006 mtb race:



Note the crappy sunglasses, which were frantically purchased from the nearby Family Dollar store the night before the race, five minutes before the store closed. I had broken my good sunglasses the day before when I sat on them after the road race.

Being a coonhound and all, Reuben also enjoys attending the Raccoon Rally, but was quite disappointed last year after encountering zero raccoons all weekend.

5 comments:

Julie Lewis-Sroka said...

No raccoons? Too bad Rueben. But I'm sure he got to see plenty of those sandbaggers.

ds said...

Indeed he did. According to Wikipedia, "Raccoons are common throughout North America from southern Canada to Panama, but sandbaggers are even more common in these here parts."

Bill said...

That is one fine lookin' coonhound. I love to hear em bark. owooo owoooo

Rick said...

Rueben does look upset about it...
:-D

Ray Huang said...

Its one week after the State TT and the State RR is way later. I think I can make it this year!!

People can call me a lot of things, but sandbagger wont be one of them!! I try my best to make sure of that!!