The Sandlapper came to town this past Saturday.
Two or three of the national enduros come close enough to my home that I can go watch them. I used to cover them for The Race Shop out of Atlanta, but The Race Shop closed its doors a couple of weeks ago.
Now I just go to the enduros for fun and to visit some of the guys I've met along the way....
Buttrick, Baylor and Lafferty took the podium.
The eight-time champ, Mike Lafferty is making quite a comeback this year for an old guy. By old I mean younger than me, older than the young guns winning these days.
: a spirit of friendly good-fellowship existing among comrades
Gotta love the excitement at the start.
Days of rain made the reputably tight course slippery.
The first test was nasty, the others a little drier.
Entering the woods.....
... anything is possible at this point.
By woods I mean this:
Welcome to the SC pines.
Down in the valley, they got a breather from the dense pines.
And traded it for swamp.
Don't you love the rider and the kids exchanging a glance?
Next Up: AMA National Enduro Round 4:
Here's our video from the National Enduro Season Opener, you may have already seen this: