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Sometimes it's best to write about these things after the fact instead of beforehand, but given the recent interesting weather and the current interesting forecast, I'm going to lay out a few advance details here.

Tomorrow is a 400k brevet out of Lincoln. Note our usual glamorous sorts of controls - convenience stores and McDonald's! That's one of the more fun parts of out-of-country brevets: fewer convenience stores, more interesting establishments. It's just hard to find places that are open at the odd hours randonneurs tend to keep.

I might try and voice-post during the ride. No guarantees.

I *will* guarantee that I am going to be carrying a lot of burritos (2 breakfast and 4 dinner) and a lot of wool with me. Spare socks this time, and probably a wool jersey, which should ensure warmer weather than the 300k. I'm also carrying a reuseable space blanket - kind of like a small tarp. So really, it's like going bike touring, hobo-style.

I have hardly done any riding since the 300k, 2 weeks ago, which makes me nervous. I just have to remind myself that I just need to keep on pedaling ("keep trundling along!").



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May. 8th, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC)
I will be on your shoulder (weightless and tiny, of course) cheering you on, with magical pompoms that give a little extra oomph to your pedaling.

May. 8th, 2015 09:46 pm (UTC)

I have a feeling there will only be two of us riding tomorrow, myself and the RBA (organizer). This is going to be a good one for practicing the art of taking things one mile at a time!
May. 9th, 2015 12:16 am (UTC)
Do you need a tiny devil on your other shoulder to balance things out? ;>
May. 10th, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
Of course!
May. 9th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
I have heard wild rumors that there is such a thing as non-hobo bike camping, but I can't say that I've ever seen it actually happening, much less experienced it. So, carry on!
May. 10th, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
I have even done this other form of bike camping before! In basically the complete opposite fashion, carrying a two-burner Coleman stove and cast-iron frying pan, so as to enjoy a freshly cooked gourmet breakfast.

We managed to keep the hobo aspect fairly tame this time, only camping out on the sidewalks in front of convenience stores a couple of times.
May. 10th, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
May. 11th, 2015 04:03 am (UTC)
Heavier Bike in Wind
Rebecca, I can really relate to your comment about benefits of heavier bike in wind. In 20mph winds on my ti fast road bike last week and at my weight (112) I sometimes felt like I was going to get airborne fighting crosswinds. Then I'm wishing I were out on my old stout camper bike which would be a godsend!. Thanks! Jim Duncan
May. 11th, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Heavier Bike in Wind
Trade-offs, eh? ;-)
May. 13th, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
How do you keep your burritos cold or safe to eat during your rides? They have meat in them, right?
May. 13th, 2015 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: burritos
I am vegetarian, so no meat, actually. :-D

The breakfast burritos contain egg and cheese, so I try to eat them within the first couple of hours of the ride. The non-breakfast burritos have a little bit of cheese in them, but that's generally not an issue for food poisoning anyway. They've got black beans, kale, and rice, plus a little bit of salsa. All foods that will tell you that they are going bad by producing unpleasant smells and tastes.

If one were concerned about it, I would think that it would be possible to start out with frozen burritos, then clock out how long they can be safely consumed. There are a lot of different potential insulating systems that could be rigged up to extend burrito lifespan, too, without adding a tremendous amount of bulk or whatever. I suppose I take my cues from how people prepare for backpacking expeditions.

I should also note that I also carry small sandwiches, and switched over to using vegan mayonnaise to eliminate any concerns about mayo poisoning.

I suppose if I were interested in eating sources of meat while bicycling, I would look into things with longer shelf lives, like smoked salmon and salami. Most of the randonneurs just buy all of the meat-filled products sold at convenience stores (pizza, burritos, sandwiches). It's devilishly hard to find vegetarian alternatives at convenience stores, though, hence the carry-my-own approach.
May. 13th, 2015 08:16 pm (UTC)
Re: burritos
Oh ok I see, thanks.
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