Saturday, August 23, 2014

D2R2 2014 - The 10th anniversity of the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee

It is time again for a little road trip up to Deerfield, MA. The 10th overall and the 8th in a row D2R2 for Py this year.
Boarding the ferry Friday around 11am with Johney.

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Light rain on Friday afternoon -- perfect! Little ride with John to sign in and check on the dirt in a little loop back to the Red Roof.
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Again great dinner in Shellbourne Falls at "Blue Rock" -- now our favorite for a few times in a row.

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Rising early Saturday morning and getting ready. It's seemingly getting easier :) About 6:05 rolling out.


7:42 at the 1st water station for a quick top off and grab a snack at

Water station "Steady Lane" (mile 20) at 7:42  [*7:39]
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8:33am wait up after fast fun decent for little group -- virtually no tracks in front of of, may be a 2 or 3 riders ahead??


 Checkpoint "Heath" (mile 36) at 9:00 [*8:50]

9:00am -- one more food/water station. Heading on, some what slowly loosing the group even easing up a notch. So what, only one rider -- Paula was joining me. So now just left ahead in nearly no mans land, but beautiful and quite riding. Still partially overcast, slight moist roads, comfortable almost "cool", in particular for the season. Only two other rider in some back/white Rapha kit were dangling around up front for a while, eventually we lost sigh of them, not sure. No seen again later.


9:34am -- wait up for her at a beautiful old stone bridge after one more fast fun decent.
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Then making the way to the lunch stop at Green River Covered Bridge -- well, a little past as the bridge was under construction. Just a grassy field, no as scenic but good for a quick lunch before heading on.

 Checkpoint "Green River Covered Bridge" (mile 64) at 11:17 [*11:50]


12:28am -- Nice view, quick photo stop and banana snack.
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moving on, no photo at the optional water station "around the corner off route" before cruising along the a nice river -- 12:47 a few shots while riding along the nice river...


On top of Patten Hill taking a few snap shots at 14:10 and at.

 Checkpoint "Patten Hill / Little Big House Gallery" (mile 97) at 14:14

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Finish in Deerfield mile 112 at 15:08

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Enjoying the fresh cold pint, getting some dinner :) Then a nice refreshing and comfortable and dirt cleanup bath in the river across the road.

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Next morning, breakfast before heading back home.

And finally:

of the Franklin Land Trust and all the volunteers.
most important thx to
all the great cyclists,
making this event and day so great and enjoyable once again!

Almost sure again, see you all for the D2R2 2015 for 10+1 years?

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