+1 for ditching ridiculous plastic cleats! Bike touring sandals don’t mold so much when wet for three days straight (swim/sprinkler/rain/slipNslide), but my particular feet find the unbreathable rock insole and blistering straps VERY uncomfortable compared to MTB shoes, plus it is annoying to sunscreen the holes. If space allows, I’m planning to…[Read more]
I see the base maps, and Karras loop seems clear by scrutinizing the shape of the grainy picture, but I’m still left wondering exactly which gravel roads we will be on Tuesday. Any chance someone has the secret gravel day cue sheet or a real map or GPX, etc?
@Zac, perhaps I’ll see you there, and/or meanwhile you and Ross can pick me up on the way to Durham, or I could head over there for a Neuse meetup, etc. I’m also hoping to pick up some ~B group road social rides with CBC/CCC/IOS/BicycleChain/Firecracker on the west side of town.
Dunno, never registered for bracelet or charter so my immersion comment was pure ideology. Some self-sustained people PERCEIVE “charter people” as being uptight, but I trust PB will provide us as much fun as we can handle, even if we miss out on some particularly harrowing dark alley experience. Perhaps the shower will liberate our decision to…[Read more]
I also enjoy the company of “regular folk”, but I think the standard bracelet means I have to pack/procure tent/bag/pillow, food/water/beer, and contract some other org(s) to shuttle to/from some airport, and maybe charger, shower, etc? I think i could spare a couple hundred extra for something closer to “turnkey”.
I did a few RAGBRAIs 10+ years ago, moved to NC, had kids, turned 38, got vax, and am feeling a longing to return this year. Thing is, all of my experience was frugal bachelor vomit-in-a-ditch-style, whereas now I am more interested in riding and can appreciate “all inclusive”. I don’t want to wake up at 5am, but also can’t quite close the bars…[Read more]