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Thursday, September 13, 2012

When you consider how universal circles and cycles are in our lives, it can be a little mind-boggling. Right from sub-atomic particles up to the largest objects in existence, everything has spin built-in. There are obvious examples in the body's breathing and circulatory sytems, and throughout nature's patterns and forms, like the shape of fruits and maple tree crowns or the passing of the seasons.   

When you get right down to it, all movement is essentially curved, including the sports we love so much. Round swings in golf and tennis, the revolution of a bike wheel and pedalling circles, arcs carved on skis and snowboards, even running and walking are round actions.   

Some trees are well red.
While many trees are well rounded, some are also well red.

As Egan often says, "Movement is easy when it's round and relaxed. It's when we resist the roll, freeze in a stance, straighten our bodies, and fight the flow of gravity that it becomes difficult." This is a powerful metaphor for how to move through life's challenges too.

Taken another direction, the circle of life involves both receiving and giving. And there are plenty of ways to give back in the next few weeks, not to mention, some pretty nice receiving too. The Valley's farmers have turned summer's growth in to fall's bounty, with super tasty apples, squash, tomatoes and a host of other fruits, veggies and meats. Come and get it! 

Big smiles at the Mad Dash!
Big round smiles at the Mad Dash. Please help the Mad River Path
by competing, volunteering, joining or donating.

Beating dad at the Dash.
About to beat dad at the Dash. The circle of life continues.

Egan rolling on Revolution.
Egan rolling on Revolution. Please help the Mad River Riders this fall.

The Mad River Riders have been building new trails like crazy this summer and fall and need your help to build more. With some incredible beginner and intermediate trails, the biggest and best project is the Blueberry Lake network, in conjunction with the USFS and Sustainable Trailworks. Phase 1 is nearing completion, and we hope to get going on Phase 2 planning this fall. Please donate to help us keep the momentum rolling.

The Riders also started building the Revolution trail recently, which will link American Flatbread to Dana Hill Rd and the trails in Camel's Hump State Forest. Sweet! 

Join the Riders for trail days every Wednesday and Sunday into October.  Click here for details and updates.

Egan's 9th Law of Motion, with fresh video from the Revolution and Blueberry Lake. 

Stroller roller.
Stroller roller.

Not a round barn, a curved one.
Not a round barn, a curved one.

True colors.
Showing its true colors.

The autumn colors are rolling in fast and the forecast calls for a classic late summer/early fall weekend. Better be here!

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange 

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