Here is a map of our ride.
One of the things that sets this ride apart from any others I have done so far is the fact that my bike was fully loaded. Yes, I had all four pannier bags on, 2 GT-54's in the back and 2 GT-18's in the front. In addition, I carried my 2 person tent in the rear carrier to get the full effect. I also carried two water bottles and 1 bottle (500 mL) of denatured alcohol for the Trangia Stove I had carried in one of the panniers. This was in anticipation of reheating some food I had carried with me. I never got around to cooking but in some sense it was good to have all the gear. The gear gave me a rough idea of my personal hauling ability and helped me simulate the experience of cycle camping, granted I did not pitch my tent and stay in it overnight. I will save that for a S24O in the future!
Pictured are Shoaib's Dahon folder and the Thorn Nomad MK2. I took 3 bags off the bike in order to facilitate organization of all the stuff from both the riders. Also, lifting a loaded touring bike (even if the load wasn't very heavy) into the back of my truck was no joke.
Richard Feynman said it best in a different context.
“So I have just one wish for you--- the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described, and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that freedom.”
Richard P. Feynman 1974
PM et al., for this lovely shirt! I feel legit when I wear this shirt :)
I could't pass on lunch! I had Grilled Cheese with "low fat" onion rings :) Shoaib had Fried Catfish, Fried Okra and some other sides. Lunch was very tasty and provided us the badly needed energy.
Someone so desperate they had to shoot the "Deer Crossing" sign? :(
In all we rode about 27 miles. It was a great ride though it drizzled pretty much all day.
We had tons of fun!
I hope your weekend was a fun-filled one too!
If you haven't rode the Greenbelt, I highly recommend it. Make sure to take your Cross or Touring or some bike that can handle non-paved surfaces.