Presented in glorious, not-exclusive P A N O V I S I O N
1. 'All you have to do is ride your bike. You don't have to keep up with anyone. You don't have to crush it. You just have to ride your bike all damn day long.' - John Lewis
2. The Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee (or D2R2 as it is known) is an organized ride born in 2005.
3. These six (6) descriptions are listed on the D2R2 website. They are as follows :
- The courses will use the narrowest, oldest, twistiest, quietest, and most-scenic roads available.*
- A range of courses will provide access to novices as well as challenge the world's strongest riders.
- D2R2 will never offer prizes for anything other than gags, nor will finish results ever be presented like it was a race.
- Riders shall cover the course in a self-sufficient manner, without motorized crew vehicles.
- The organization will put as much effort into its food offerings as it does the ride itself.
- D2R2 will remain a key fundraiser for the Franklin Land Trust's efforts to conserve land in the region.
4. There were five (5) of us attempting the 160k route :
- John Lewis
- Neighbor Jon
- Sam Leadholm
- Andrew On-holy-fuck-25c-tires-you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me**
6. 'Warning : Road No Longer Maintained - Proceed At Your Own Risk'
8. The Pasela PT as described on Panaracer's (poorly translated) website : 'To meet a wide range of size variation in various situations, such as commuting, touring.'
9. The Watermelon Lady at the final rest stop.
10. It was all so fucking gorgeous. I mean, really, it was a little too much, New England. Stop being so quaint already.****
11. My greatest mistake was leaving behind those Sweet Chili Doritos at the Market. They matched my kit perfectly.
12. 'Just make it to the next rise.'
*They never let up. Not even five miles from the finish. These people are sadists.
**Not only did he ride 25c tires for the entire 160k, but he probably ended up with more since he kept doing hill repeats. Plus, he basically downhill MTB'd on them. This dude was insane in the best way.
***It really was. I've had some hard days on the bike, but nothing like that. Without the encouragement and steadfast waiting around that all four of these gentlemen did, I would not have made it twenty miles, much less the whole thing. Thank you, dudes.
****Seriously, New England. Jeeeeeez.