Greetings and salutations! May the Summer of Toph 2.0 sweep over you and bring you endless cheer and happiness.
To celebrate the beginning of SoT 2.0 I will be riding from my house in Cville Sunday morning through Eville up Shifflett Mtn. down through BRS and then back home. If you want to join me, email me.
To prepare YOU for this joyous season of light and divinity I have enclosed this excerpt from the forthcoming Q&A section of the official SoT2.0 owner’s manual.
When does SoT officially begin?
Why Sunday? Is this a set day every year? Does it coincide with another celebration of significance, like your birthday?
The SoT is similar (but completely different) to Three-fer Thursday…it’s not tangible, accomplishable, plausible…it’s simply a state of mind.
Much like magic certain stars and events must align for SoT to commence.
For this year the following has occurred to ignite 2.0:
1) I got a sweet new ride,
2) At Shawn and Jenny’s wedding I scored a partner for 9 hours of Hilbert AND Paranormal (If Earth as we now it still exists –read on), and
3) I have at least two reliable sets of sunglasses for the summer.
Figure 1 In purple: Sally Field, In orange: the Bandit
Why have you chosen this route to celebrate SoT?
Best chance of not getting hit by a car, best chance of me mates joining me along the way. And that spot atop Shifflett’s Mtn., by the mailboxes, is where I first witnessed mountain bike racing at its purest. Dave was flying up Brokenback , Shawn was chasing yelling at us to tell him how far back he was, and the rest of the crew was charging like wild animals. Pure 100% radness. I’ve been chasing those guys ever since.
What is the SoT trying to accomplish? Was anything really accomplished with 1.0?
Well first of all, something was accomplished since there is a second version. Duh.
Keep in mind, last summer I lived through 3 music festivals, shoveled 2 tons of rock into my backyard, completed Ride Idaho in addition to 10,000miles of riding, found the beauty in single speed mountain bikes, and decided I would do something special at work (I started a mountain bike club for kids).
You seem like you are out to prove something with the whole SoT. Are you hiding some insecurity deep in your psyche?
Last time I checked, I completed my last lap of my nightmare performance at Lodi 2011, in nothing but my BRC team bibs twirling my shirt at any and all spectators that would behold my beautiful body. Kiss this! (makes pointing gestures to his backside area)
Ok, in summation, it seems that SoT is almost a mix of religious belief and science. What is it that the SoT believes in?
I can assure you that the SoT has no religious ties. Especially, with Saturday night’s impending rapture slash apocalypse. If you can’t join me Sunday for the ride, I will assume the Almighty hates me and not you, but wants me to stay on Earth, and rock the Bacon Holla Bonk, which I had no plans of doing, but will technically be the last VORS race with the whole Armageddon thing. However, when you think about it…if you can make it through disease, war, famine, natural catastrophes you truly are ready to race at Blue Ridge School.
If anything, don’t subscribe to my plans. Make your own Summer of (insert name here). Summer of Danny, Summer of Coleman, Summer of Scott
Figure 2 Is this guy at my left still alive?
I know we are all waiting the details of the Summer of Iron Mike!
So you are pursuing SoT 3.0, I guess?
Nope. Next year is the Spawn of Toph.
The Toph abides.