Hillside Wrestling Weekend XIII, July - August 2006
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Hillside Wrestling Weekend XII was held July 26-30,
2006. It was the thirteenth annual wrestling weekend and my eleventh. As with
last year, there were lots of new guys experiencing Hillside for the first
time. With 110 wrestlers registered, there was plenty of opportunity to
wrestle day and night. The weather was a Hillside first: starting out more
humid than any previous weekend, then drying out and giving way to a heat wave
at the beginning of the following week.
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The Ride There and Back
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At Hillside: Wrestling
and other photos from Hillside Campground
Riding to Hillside 2006
The ride in was warm and humid. From Staten Island, took
the Bayonne Bridge into New Jersey, then via Port Jervis, NY to northeastern
Working on bike before ride, in yard in Staten Island
Replaced rear tire and freewheel
Closeup of 28 x 32 low gear for those Pennsylvania hills
Leaving Staten Island: view from the Bayonne Bridge
Muggy Honesdale, PA
Honesdale, PA intersection (US 6 and PA 191)
Lenox, PA, almost at Hillside
Lenox, PA closeup, almost at Hillside, time for some more Fresh Oil and Chips.
Wrestling and campsite photos
Get to camp just after lunch, have first match then hit the
showers. Was planning on having a sandwich on arrival but the mat beckoned,
so had quite an appetite by dinnertime. Wrestled till 1 - 3 a.m. each day --
sleep can wait till later. Was concerned about a pre-Hillside shoulder injury
but it mostly didn’t affect the weekend’s wrestling.
Friday was the soggiest day but then it cleared up. The mats were all
protected with tents (though the oil tent collapsed in the big storm on
Thursday). Our dedicated cooks did a great job preparing three meals a day.
Here’s some between-matches shots:
Freestyle matches on Friday. A few of them show the condensation developing
on the camera sensor due to the record high humidity.
Break for lunch as another thunderstorm brews; the pro ring is covered and the
oil tent put back up.
The pro clinic is held under the freestyle tent due to the pouring rain, then
some horsing around afterwards.
Ed and Calvin on the freestyle mat.
Joe by the freestyle mat.
There were portable toilets on site 60 but there were, um, better facilities
by the rec center.
Saturday morning at the pro ring -- the misty effect is the condensation that
developed on the camera again overnight.
Hillside Freestyle Tournament, July 29, 2006
Hillside 2006 Photos
The Pro Show on Saturday
More pro show pictures from Mike
Sunday afternoon -- all but three tents left on Site 60, plus some wildlife.
The weekend’s not over yet -- more matches on Monday!
Skunk under the table, Monday night.
Pool area, Monday night.
Fat millipede and ripe blackberries near where sub mat was, Tuesday morning.
Packing up my tent, leaving Hillside.
The Ride Back
“Heat Wave Hysteria”
Riding back -- there was “heat wave hysteria” from all the weather
forecasters’ warnings, but it didn’t really feel that bad.
“It’s summer, it’s supposed to be hot”
(quoted comments heard later on a TV talk show). It was 99°F in
Carbondale, 101° in Honesdale, PA and about 104° in New Jersey and
New York, by which time there was a nice breeze. Usually N.E. Pennsylvania is
about 10-15° cooler than New York City and the near suburbs in New Jersey.
Met Glen in Hawley, PA; he left suburban NJ in the morning and took 46, 15 and
6 to here (similar to my usual route without detours), chat a little before
he heads on to Honesdale and Binghamton en route to South Dakota.
Lackawaxen River Valley, PA:
washouts from the major flooding a month ago still being repaired.
Gypsy moth remnants in Barryville, NY (haven’t seen them in quite
a few years).
Approaching Port Jervis, NY; High Point, NJ’s obelisk in the distance
marks New Jersey’s highest point.
East of Port Jervis, a 3.5-mile climb onto the Shawangunk Mountain which is
more like a plateau; some pictures from South Centerville:
Ho, ho, but no Kussing: Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey is a peaceful, pleasant
village just north of Ridgewood, NJ.
Back home in Staten Island, no ringworm, just a big zit on left forearm.
Odometer on return, 149402.1.
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