Armies were expensive to hire in these times and the task of organizing so many arduous. Storkamp, Lord of Arrowhead, said he could find 200 to climb each hill twice, another 400 to climb each hill once and yet 100 more to supply the climbers with ice water brought in from the arctic tundra. Soon people were arriving in Afton from a thousand miles away, just to take part in the great quest. They got Lundo the Magnificent and Borst the Kid; they also got unlikely heroes with names like "Wayne" and "Randy" and "Clem." They got teenagers and grandparents, men and women, experienced athletes and excited beginners.
But all was not well. Lady Eve, wife of the Duke of Rembleski, was struck ill and could not take part. Some trickster had placed stuffed crows among the food. Trees had to be removed from the trails between the hills and paths created by machine through the tall grasses. Parking was limited.
Undaunted, the legions headed out to complete the task, Lundo setting a course record on his way. In all, 360 were able to complete the hills once and another 167 did it twice. That made for a total of 694 hills done in the heat, just short of the goal.
They'll have to try again next year.
[All photos "borrowed" without asking.]
|First hill. Everyone looks good at this point.|
|"I'm telling you, Dad, it'll be fine."|
|Critter who scared a few.|
|"Everyone check your wrists for ticks!"|
|Only 2 more miles to the start line...|