Thursday, June 10, 2010

Peach Moonshine and other things...

 Heaven in a jar

A friend of ours, Dave, comes up from Georgia  to stay with us for about a month each summer.  He is a tall happy guy with a big smile. Dave came into the house today with all of his stuff and his big happy smile, ready to move in for a month of whitewater paddling.  After catching up he put down his cooler and pulled out a large Ball Jar filled with this clear liquid resembling water and said,

"You have got to try this.  I got it from an Episcopal Preacher in Alabama.  But just take a really little sip it is kind of strong.  It is Peach Moonshine."

I had no idea there was such a thing.  I sniffed it suspiciously.  It smelled so good - literally like fresh peaches. 

So of course I took a swig.

It was so good.  Like biting into a peach - not one of those dry squished up crappy peaches you get up here in Maine, I mean it tasted like the juicy fresh peaches I have eaten down south.  Bliss.

Dave wrestled the jar out of my hand and put the goods into my freezer.  I think he was afraid I was going to forget my ride and sit there for the rest of the evening sipping his peach moonshine.

But I did put down the juice and go for a couple of good rides...
Starting the climb up Pleasant Pond Road

Cool fog along the Kennebec River

I have had a few good rides this week, both with a good long climbs.  Basically I did this route twice, but one time I turned around a little sooner.  The top of this hill is in Jackman, another 20 miles away.

I am really working at getting stronger on hills, and I can see a little difference in just the two weeks I have been working on it.  The first ride was 22 miles and pretty uneventful.  The second was 25 miles and in all seriousness it was the coldest I have been on my bike in a long time. It was good for me because I don't think I have been really miserable on my bike before then, even in last years Trek Across Maine 3 days of downpour. I am not a masochist or anything, I just would rather experience that kind of thing outside of a race so if it happens in a race, I have more gumption to push through.

Pirate Triathlon this weekend!!
I am really looking forward to the Pirate Triathlon this weekend.  I can't believe it has been a year since I did my first triathlon.  I am excited to see how much I have improved.  I anticipate a better swim and bike time than before, and probably a not so great run time given I haven't run since the Sugarloaf Marathon and the leg still isn't really happy yet when I run, although it seems better in all other activities.

The leg.
I am going to a quality (I hope) PT Friday, I can't wait.

I got the shirt, did you?
Patrick at The Road has a really cool give-away right now.  He has some really cool shirts that he is willing to send you if you check out his awesome blog and leave 5 comments.  You really should check out his blog anyway, because it is always a fun, interesting, and funny read.  Thanks for the shirt Patrick!

Good luck to all who are racing this weekend!
This has been a crazy week and I have some catching up to do on blogs, so I am not sure who is racing.  But tonight I will catch up and wish you all good luck this weekend via comments. 

That is it for me today, I am off to make a long drive for work.



Big Clyde said...

The peach moonshine sounds tasty. I like the whole story. "A preacher from Alabama?"

Matty O said...

Pretty damn jealous here Mandy. I have never experienced that which is bliss in a jar!!!

Good luck this weekend judging by your posts you look pretty strong. I hope you have fun in the end. That is the point right?!

Go get em Girl!


I haven't had "white lightning" since around 1979 in Nashville. good Sh*t. I think there is a thing about mason jars, too. Had the same ones back then.

Unknown said...

Peach Moonshine - sounds scary and exciting all at the same time!

Good luck this weekend you are going to rock it!

Maria said...

Good luck this weekend...can't wait to hear about it...hope you reached your goal!

Emz said...

Kennebec River photo - is amazing!! Love that!!

Good luck this weekend!!!!

KovasP said...

Peach moonshine is supposed to go into your second water bottle for the ride home! Best of luck this weekend, looking forward to the race report.

Tri-James said...

Everyone from Alabama is a preacher.

DRog said...

Good luck on your Tri! you have been running?! LOL @ Tri-james!

Jon said...

Good luck this weekend! Moonshine is fun to make. But there is a reason booze needs to stay in a charcoal barrel for a few years>to mellow it out. That pure stuff is too strong for me!

misszippy said...

Good luck this weekend! Have a big ole glass of moonshine to celebrate when you are done!

Running Diva Mom said...

Hey -- just found your blog and look forward to following your journey!

Aimee said...

Good luck with your apt. on Friday! I hope it goes well and you're able to get some answers!

Yum...that peach moonshine sounds absolutely delicious!

Good job with your bike rides! It's so nice when we can feel our hard work pay off. I really need to get in more hilly rides b/c I'm not very good at hills. Yet!
And, that shirt is so cool! Thanks for the heads up on a new blog to follow! :)

Regina said...

I need to set me up a still in my backyard!! Oh wait, I don't have a backyard, damn! That stuff sound so tasty and just what I need for recovery week...hint hint.

Good luck on your race this weekend!!!

Patrick Mahoney said...

I could never trust something in a canning jar, but that's just me. Good luck with your race and thanks for the shout out.

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

Peach moonshine! Even as a non-drinker, I might have to take a little swig of that just to experience the peachiness.
man, those roads you are riding on look suhweet! In my opinion, hill training on the bike is the best. I get so much more fit when I train with hills.
Speedy race vibes sent your way for the tri this weekend! It will be fun to compare last year and this year.

Julie said...

Good luck with your Tri this weekend! Mmmm, that Peach Moonshine sounds wonderful:) You can send some my way!

AM! said...

Peach Moonshine? Dang. can you do half of it for a bloggy giveaway?? i wanna try it!

have a great time at your tri this wknd. yeah, it'll be fab to have last yr's race to compare and see your growth.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

LOLOL!!! My moms side is from Tennessee, the back woods of TN, and they made moonshine!!! I was too young to have any, but I never see my parents drink except when we visited the grandparents, and they would sip on moonshine!!

Caratunk Girl said...

Thanks guys! I love the responses to the moonshine. I would love to do a giveaway if I could figure out how to mail it out to the winner legally! :)

Glenn Jones said...

Wow. Good thing I didn't know tht peach moonshine existed when I was in college. Peach schnapps made things bad enough on the ski slopes as it was!

I got my shirt from Patrick last week. It's such a comfy shirt!

Anonymous said...

Caratunk, been coming there since 1949! Never thought there would be a blog. My niece Angela B. participated in the Iron Man Triathalon in Hawaii last year. We, stop at fish hatchery road, especially during hunting season.

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