The Big Horns don’t scare me!

I must say, day 41 has been the best day of the trip yet. The 18 mile climb up the Big Horns was rewarded by an 18 mile downhill soon after. Woohoo! I love the mountains. Climbing up the hills is a challenge I enjoy taking on. Feeling your heart beat faster and faster, your breathing get heavier and louder, your legs straining to continue pedaling despite the build up of lactic acid in your already tired muscles – it is a challenge to see hard I can push myself. Of course there are days when I want to take it easy and ride at a relaxing pace. But there are also days when I want to get my heart pumping and experience the adrenaline rush I used to get from running. Mountain climbing gives you that, and much much more. The sense of accomplishment you get when you look down the edge of the mountain and see the long windy road where you started out from half an hour ago way below you, the view of valleys below and snow-spotted mountain tops, feeling like you are at top of the world when you finally reached the highest point, and knowing that an 18 mile downhill awaits.  All these make climbing up the mountain all the more worth it.

What was even more exciting was the long hike up to the snow and pile of rocks during our lunch break. Who knew I could play with snow in the summer! It wasn’t an easy hike, but it was so much fun. We finally reached the rock structures at the very top of the mountain, and enjoyed the scenery for a while before the cold and hunger chased us back down. The whole round trip took us about 2 hours!

Arriving at our stay-over was the next best part. We stayed at a recreational center, and they said we could do anything we wanted. To our delight, they had a skating ring and three huge inflatable bouncy ring/obstacle course/slide! So we blasted some music and skated to our hearts content. We also had bouncy obstacle course/slide races.

That was such a energy-draining day I had to fight to keep myself awake on my bike the next day.

Comments (4)
  • Lily Foo(Priscilla's Mum) says:

    My dear Priscilla, I’m so encouraged and thankful that you still welcome the hills, or are they mountains?!! I had began to be concern after all these weeks of pedaling it seems both the physical and mental fatigue had set in for you and the team. But God answers my prayers and renew your strength! Prayerfully your teammates too – continue to encourage and spur each other on when the going gets tough.You’re all in it together.
    I know you love the thrills of speed, but it makes my heart skip a beat. Please don’t ignore the brakes. Glad you had a wonderful day doing all your favorite things! You could be SKATING across america next?(Not that I’m encouraging it). I love you. God bless you, and the team.

  • donna kalis says:

    Dear Pricilla,
    So thankful you were able to mountain climb and also enjoyed the scenery. It’s awesome how God is helping you and the team, as well as your cause and at the same time blessing you with the beauty of His creation. Hi to the whole team. Prayers continue for all of you. Love, Donna

  • donna kalis says:

    Dear Pricilla,
    So thankful you were able to mountain climb and also enjoyed the scenery. It’s awesome how God is helping you and the team, as well as your cause and at the same time blessing you with the beauty of His creation. Hi to the whole team. Prayers continue for all of you. Love, Donna

  • donna kalis says:

    Dear Pricilla,
    So thankful you were able to mountain climb and also enjoyed the scenery. It’s awesome how God is helping you and the team, as well as your cause and at the same time blessing you with the beauty of His creation. Hi to the whole team. Prayers continue for all of you. Love, Donna

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