I am sure my stories of climbs with John are nothing unusual. (That is,
of course, to anyone who's climbed with him or John himself.) "Others" looking
on might not agree. Most people stick to trails, generally not John. Most
people take the simple route down, not John.
Most people avoid the black clouds of flies, not John.
Most people stick close
to their comrades going downhill, not John. (But, then most people
don't glide downhill quite like John.) Oh yeah, most people will climb
something twice, not likely John. So, I know all this. One might
ask, "Why do you climb with John?"
For one thing, I can beat
him to the top. That is really satisfying. Without a doubt, he
had taken me to great places. I have noticed he designs my climbs just
tough enough to challenge me. There are only a few PVC'S per climb. (That
is, heart flip flops.) There is just the right amount of sore quads
and enough calorie expenditure to earn a real meal and an ice cream
cone. Bottom line, my summers are not complete, they are lacking, they
are empty, and they are pallid without a climb with John.
John, thank you for including me in your adventurous, loving exploration
of Washington and her mountains. May you have many great years
of more of that. And, believe it or not, all teasing aside, I hope to
have many more adventures with you in those coming years...
Copyright 2004, John W. Roper.
All Rights Reserved.