Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee
photos by John with commentary by Pamela (and
We took part in the second annual D2R2.
We actually did the first one last year on tandem, but this year
had other challenges in mind. Possessing a single brain cell,
I decided to do the ride on a single speed.While John chose a
single cog, connected to a 14 speed internally geared hub. I did
have enough intelligence to opt for the slightly less climbing
intesive 67 mile version while John went for the full monty.
Susan came along to keep me company, keep me on
route and help me make the time cutoff by refusing to let me stop
at the coffee roasters. There was quite a bit of whining and crying
as we passed, but given the handicap I had chosen (the SS), I
was thrilled to make the time limit with some to spare.
John carried his two day old camera and took all
these photos and more, and made pretty good time as well. We are
already planning next year's ride. Still insane, I am planning
SS again - we'll see if I opt for the long ride. I do highly recommend
this event. It is beautiful and while it is a challenge, how hard
could it be if I did the 67 mile ride with a 34/17 single speed
freewheel. And I wasn't the only nutcase, I did see a fellow on
Dave Cramer at 650 bpm
Le peloton just after dawn
Covered bridge at Conway
You'll see very few photos of John and Pamela
- since Pamela started several hours later on the shorter ride
and John had a new camera that he only grudgingly allowed others
to touch! Aren't the pink handlebars lovely?
Misty Mountain Hop
One of the thousand climbs on route!
It's blurry because he's bbbbouncing!