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St. Louis 2003 brevet series: 829 miles. Why?(6 posts)

St. Louis 2003 brevet series: 829 miles. Why?JS Haiku Shop
Jun 3, 2003 10:50 AM
Four trips over 4 months, ~2600 miles of driving (36 hours in the car), 829.12 miles of riding, ~53 hours on the bike. Spent around $420 on hotels, $120 on gas, and $60 on ride fees (about $600, or about $.72 per mile ridden).

3/1 200 km brevet:
140.32 mi logged
9:38 on bike
avg 14.5 mph
Review: This ride started with 3 inches of snow on the ground.

3/29 300 km brevet
186.58 mi logged
13:24 on bike
avg 13.9 mph
Review: The 300k featured 15-20 mph headwinds, rain, hail, and sleet.

4/26 400 km brevet
250.26 mi logged
14:01 on bike
avg 17.8 mph
Review: Worked with a strong group of 5 other riders. Nice weather.

5/24 600 km brevet
251.96 mi logged
16:09 on bike
avg 15.6 mph
Review: Rained. Quit at 250 into 370 mi ride. Slept 6 hours at mi 202.

Why?: In honor of my paternal grandmother, who passed in January 2002. She lived in Nashville, IL, a small farming community rural southern Illinois. The brevets all started in Edwardsville, IL, and the longer rides—300k through 600k—each circumnavigated Nashville.

She most profoundly affected my life. I continue to ride in her memory.

Santiago de Compostelams
Jun 3, 2003 12:22 PM
I usually am not touched by a post, but your post hit a responsive chord with me. Several years ago, I met a man in his 70s who just had walked from Switzerland to Santiago de Compostela (in Spain) in honor of his wife who recently had died. Your post reminded me of his story. Both of my grandmothers had significant impacts on me. I can understand your loss and think that you have found a great way to honor your grandmother.
Because you are a dedicated winner not a quiter(nm)abicirider
Jun 3, 2003 12:26 PM
In loving memory of her name...Dale Brigham
Jun 3, 2003 12:29 PM

It's been an honor to ride with you and, in a sense, her, on the 400K brevet. We keep those we remember alive, as we likewise hope that others will do for us.

I ride this year in the memory of my late sister, Elaine, who left this mortal coil in January of this year. I carry two charms (small jewelry pieces) of her's in my brevet wallet: a dove and a bicycle. Look's like she is going to PBP with me, as I was able to promise her last Christmas. She always did like France!

See ya', Bro!

Riding with the spirits sounds wonderful! Bon route! nmdzrider
Jun 3, 2003 12:37 PM
much better reason that I have hadDougSloan
Jun 3, 2003 1:31 PM
I rode "just cuz." No good explanation for it. Sounds like you had better motivation.