42 Ride ho
The forty two riders from all over the US (I assume most if not all Americans) will alight in NYC on the heels the Bicycle Film Festival, departing June 25th for a fifty five day tour, eighty miles per day….sagged. Destination: Los Angeles, which doesn’t really pinpoint it, does it? That appellation belongs to the hundred suburbs in search of a city.
SAGGED….this is the magic word for me: I am still too lazy to pedal me PLUS my sleeping bag and food any significant distance (even though I still love to carrying impossible weights and unmanageable shapes under one arm when scavenge-riding within a twenty mile radius of Fairfax).
With a little luck, it’ll be on a borrowed Rivendell bicycle (cross fingers, drape keyboard with spaghetti entrails, light candle, hold breath).
So watch this space, to see just what 42below (a maker of vodka, based in New Zealand) has concocted for a merrie tour of my country, tis of thee.
Papers have been signed, notaries have borne witness, and much anticipation lies in whether one will do the upper or the lower route. Both will be scorchingly hot. But I’m good at hot. I survived the Transtortugal 04.
I don’t have to ask my friends for a dime per mile. That never worked for me anyhow: perhaps my mile-eating legs frighten them fiscally. I didn’t ask ANY questions about the ride, so it’s all a pleasant mystery, from start to finish. I do know that the prevailing wind will be in our face the whole way, as we grind through the red states.
Next year, if I get to return, I pray we go the other direction.
Any suggestions for must-haves ?
Never having done a really long tour, I’m all ears and poised pen…
Just learned that the French Minister of Corrections has come up with an original idea for rehabilitating, or at least re-habituating a lucky group of cyclists, seventeen at a time, riding a sort of Penal Tour, with guards cycling alongside. There may be lots of joking about it ( see Sam Abt’s story in NYT) but as Paul Fournel mentioned in his story, ‘the bicycle is the fastest way to freedom’.