The weekend started for me at 12:00 on Friday when Calea Bakke told me that our last class was cancelled. I ate lunch in the caf, and then I went to make my Dad’s 50th birthday present. I really wanted to go home for the birthday party, especially since this was a big one. But it just wasn’t going to work out. So, I decided that the next best thing would be for me to print off a life-size poster of myself and send it home for the party.
So I sent the poster, and then hopped on my road bike to ride to Jamestown. The plan was to ride the 40 miles in about 4 hours, meet with some friends in the evening, camp out, climb all the next day, and drive back in time for our function that night. The first 3 hours of biking were great. The Arkansas countryside is beautiful. It got bad when it got dark. I was riding with my headlamp for light. My last stretch before I hit Jamestown Loop was called Rainbow Lane. I was at 35 miles and google maps was telling me that rainbow lane should take me all the way through to the loop. So I road about a mile down rainbow lane and it dead ended in someone’s driveway. The alternative route was an extra 10 miles so I just called Matt Fahey to pick me up in his truck. When I finally made it to Jamestown they already had the fire going.
I think some of the best memories I will take away from the college experience are the ones spent around a fire with friends. For some reason a fire brings out the happiness and depth of people.
For being a January night it wasn’t that cold. It got down to maybe around 40 degrees. I slept inside my sleeping bag and hammock. The sleep was incredible.
The next morning we all got up and cooked
Jerry heating up the fire to cook his cinnamon rolls
Pack up and then Climb Time
Beans after sending heat wave for at least the 900th time
Ty’s first weekend outdoor… Mm hearing Ty climb a route… and the man chant at the top.
It was also, Jeddy’s first weekend out. I love seeing people climb when they first start. It’s so new and intense and crazy. It takes me back to when I first started climbing.
Me, Beans, and Jeremy got on Mike Tyson’s (12a) It was rough
None of us sent it that day, but we’ll be back
After our day of climbing the BOX guys booked it back to Searcy for our redneck wrestling function. Arkansas professional wrestling is so ridiculous I’m sure it will be covered in another post.