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Hillside Wrestling Weekend XVII, July 2010

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Hillside Wrestling Weekend XVII was held July 21-25, 2010, though there were already 11 wrestlers there when I arrived on the 20th.

It was the 17th annual wrestling weekend and my 15th consecutive one (I only missed the first two ones in 1994 & 1995; there were a few other wrestlers there who had only missed two of the weekends since its inception). There was a mix of new guys experiencing Hillside for the first time, and Hillside veterans coming back for more mat action. The new guys did really well on the mats, and we look forward to seeing them in the future at the wrestling weekends.

The weather was drier than last year. A thundershower on Wednesday prompted us to put up the canopy over the eating area, and a drainage ditch was dug to keep the area dry. There were a few days with evening showers, but otherwise the weather was good.

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The Ride There and Back (NY, NJ & PA)     |     At Hillside: Wrestling and other photos from Hillside Campground

Riding to Hillside 2010

Ride to Hillside via the direct route: Bayonne Bridge, Newark, Dover, Sparta, Lord’s Valley, Hawley, Honesdale, Carbondale, Gibson. Shaved off a few hours from last year's riding time in both directions, and made a point to do some of the major passes one gear higher than last year. For the last two years, the last pass before Hillside (Kennedy Hill, 1600 ft. elevation) was a spectacular display of flying thunderbolts and loud lightning. This year, there was a tiny shower at the base and then nice sunny weather on to Hillside; the pass looked a lot different. Also a number of roads were freshly paved; part of Rte. 6 being repaved as I was passing, embedding a bit of asphalt dust in my socks.

Riding back, barely 30 miles into the ride, I see two cyclists in my rear view mirror as I’m approaching the top of Moosic Pass (elevation 1940 ft.). At the top, we chat; it turns out that they are two Austrians riding around the world; their current leg was taking them from Ontario north of Lake Superior, past Binghamton and then to New York. So we followed the same route, though I mostly stayed ahead of them. This probably shaved more time off the return trip. Didn’t see them for the last 60 miles so was about to text them as I was approaching Newark, when my phone battery dies. The plan was for them to stay over at my place, so I just headed home and called from there. They called from Jersey City and Staten Island for directions, then decided to go into Manhattan instead, but we ended up meeting again on the weekend on Staten Island.

Getting ready for the ride

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First ripe hot pepper of season,
about to be eaten with a bacon and cheese sandwich.

Replacing supposedly non-user-serviceable batteries on heart-rate monitor (HRM)

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Testing heart-rate monitor: 43, 42, 41 bpm while sitting

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The Ride to Hillside; scenes on PA739 in Pike County

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At Hillside

(Elevation 1350 ft.)

Wrestling and campsite photos

Arrive at Hillside site 60 6:28 (2pi) PM; ride time 15:24, total Calories = 5095 (approx. 331 Cal/hr according to HRM, which seems a bit low). Scenes around camp.

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The pro ring was brought up from the front gate area and assembled just before a thundershower announced its booming presence.

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More pictures, around camp and at the submission wrestling mat, Thursday.

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More Thursday and Friday pictures; taking a break from the mats.

Wrestlers are welcomed with the Welcome Cake.
Meal area under the canopy.

Foliage on upper site 60.

My developing black eye on Friday morning*
Hanging out on upper site 60.

(*got it sometime between 7 pm Thu. and 3 am Fri.; didn't feel it or realize I had a “Hillside souvenir” till someone pointed it out.)

The pro guys did a clinic on Saturday.

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More Saturday photos.

Metro’s Ed and Mike.
Mealtime scene.

My black eye on Sat. afternoon.
Rochester Tom.

Fell asleep on the freestyle mat....
Wrestling Weekend flags.
pi         pi         pi

Getting ready to leave camp.

The drainage ditch (dug by Frank, Bud, me and others on Wednesday) for the kitchen area kept us dry while eating, rain or shine.
Ready to load up bike for the trip back.
Kitchen area with another view of drainage ditch.
Upper Site 60 is now empty (1 of 2).
Upper Site 60 (2 of 2)

My tent wuz here...

...and now it’s there.

The oil tent was here.

Campfire area just behind oil tent.

One more photo of empty upper site 60 before leaving for home.

Hillside 2010: The Ride Back

Long hill just outside of Hawley/Lake Wallenpaupack, PA
Chatting with Dietmar, one of the Austrians I met 20 miles from here.

Back home, lots of crops ripened in the garden while I was gone, so got out the camera as soon as I arrived. The NY weather had been bone-dry but my roommate watered the garden well.

Huge canteloupe



Red hot chili peppers
Beefsteak-type tomato
Sunflower starts opening

In the living room, showed roommate the Hillside photos, which resulted in a wrestling match; the couch showing the aftermath.

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