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Westfield 200 km Brevet
Last year when Roy and Susan and John and I rode the Westfield, Massachusetts 200K on tandem, we did a little partner swapping. Susan stoked for John on our tandem and I stoked for Roy on theirs. Unfortunately the fit wasn't the best for me, as my handlebars were significantly lower than I normally have them. We had a great time anyway. The course is so beautiful it enticed us to come back. but with our standard partner configuration.
The ride started at 7AM. We saw many of the usual suspects
at the start and figured we'd get to chat with lots of folks during
the ride. Unfortunately a block from the start, we suffered a puncture!
Roy and Susan patiently waited while we quickly replaced the tube. We
were back on the road in no time, and thanks to the tandem advantage
in the headwind, we soon caught back up to most riders.
After checking in at the first control, Roy, Susan, John
and I took a leisurely break at McCuskers Market, a funky general store
just across from the Bridge of Flowers. We had coffee and croissants
and cookies here. Most of the other riders were quickly in and out of
town, leaving us with very few models to pose for our pictures!
We came back into Shelburne Falls with plans to stop
at Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters.
One of the other great attractions is the Bridge
of Flowers. I must confess that the flower pictures were actually
taken last summer, while doing a ride through the area!