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Tomorrow

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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bluepapercup
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.

RAH RAH REBECCA, QUEEN OF THE OOOOPEN ROADDDDDD!
rebeccmeister
May. 8th, 2015 09:46 pm (UTC)
HURRAH!!

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!
twoeleven
May. 9th, 2015 12:16 am (UTC)
Do you need a tiny devil on your other shoulder to balance things out? ;>
rebeccmeister
May. 10th, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
Of course!
randomdreams
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!
rebeccmeister
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.
randomdreams
May. 10th, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
Semidemihobo.
jamesfduncan
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
rebeccmeister
May. 11th, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Heavier Bike in Wind
Trade-offs, eh? ;-)
caligirlartist
May. 13th, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
burritos
How do you keep your burritos cold or safe to eat during your rides? They have meat in them, right?
rebeccmeister
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.
caligirlartist
May. 13th, 2015 08:16 pm (UTC)
Re: burritos
Oh ok I see, thanks.
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