Iva and I each needed one more unique Populaire.
[Bob had completed his Explorer Challenge the previous month.]
We had two possible routes in mind:
- DaveG's "Buckhorn Boonies" route [I had noticed a sign pointed toward Buckhorn when we had done "The Whirligig" route in March], and
- Deaner's "Lillington Lilliput" route.
We chose Dean's route because we were confident that midweek traffic would be acceptable,
Whereas, even though Dave had opined that traffic would likely not be an issue,
We were unfamiliar with the traffic situation near the start/finish of the "Boonies" route.
["Lillington Lilliput" shares its start with a couple other Perms with which we are familiar.]
[Hmmn, after I type the above, it does seem that we perhaps did not adhere to the Explorer concept.
I expect that we'll give the "Boonies" route a try on a Saturday sometime in the next year.
I hope so.
The schedule does sometimes get crowded.
Heck, for nearly two years,
I've been trying to take Crista up on an invite to come ride her 4-state-perm or 3-state-pop,
But local rides, riding them or volunteering, combined with "life" has repeated gotten in the way.]
The following is a copy of Dean's RWGPS map of the route:
[Come to think of it, I think I may have made that map for Dean;
Maybe I should ask him about that.]
Anyway, a RWGPS map, embedded:
We didn't take any photos.
I recall that a couple of us were struggling a bit all ride long.
More likely, it was just me that was struggling.
So taking time for photos, with the need to rewind the legs, etc. back to cycling rythum,
Was not on the agenda.
It was a bit chilly with a slight wind out of the west or northwest.
[I wanted to get the facts by referencing "weather underground," but it was so slow to load, ... .]
We spent some extra time at the turn-around control in Lillington,
Standing in the sunshine, out of the breeze, gently warming ourselves before beginning the return.
We also loitered at the indoor seating at the control in Erwin,
Probably for the gentle warming in addition to just chatting,
But it could have been that one or two of us were playing for some extra recovery time.
Here's hoping that the I can copy in the chart of the rides we did to complete our Challenges:
|Rider Name / Explorer-Challenge-Pop Ridden|
|Month||Bob, #5843||Iva, #7702||Martin, #6218|
|May-2017||Get 'er Dunn||Get 'er Dunn||Get 'er Dunn|
|Jun-2017||Bunn Wash Caper||Bunn Wash Caper||Bunn Wash Caper|
|Jul-2017||3M||Bay Leaf - Oxford - Bay Leaf||3M|
|Aug-2017||NCBC 100||NCBC 100||NCBC 100|
|Sep-2017||NOB Lite||NOB Lite||NOB Lite|
|Nov-2017||Denny's Store||Denny's Store||Denny's Store|
|Dec-2017||Bay Leaf - Oxford - Bay Leaf||Ala Orange||Bay Leaf - Oxford - Bay Leaf|
|Jan-2018||Raleigh - Berea - Raleigh||Raleigh - Berea - Raleigh||Raleigh - Berea - Raleigh|
|Feb-2018||The Whirligig||The Whirligig||The Whirligig|
|Mar-2018||Taylor's Gin||Taylor's Gin||Taylor's Gin|
|Apr-2018||Lillington Lilliput||Lillington Lilliput||Lillington Lilliput|
[It appears the chart copied in from Excel more-or-less as intended.]
Routes not previously ridden by each respective rider are in red.
Routes shown in black were previously ridden by the rider.
I had the fewest "new to me" routes.
Iva the most -- which makes sense since Iva has many fewer RUSA rides than Bob or me.
During the thirteen months shown above, we did manage to get a few other riders to respond to advertisements of the rides:
|Aug-2017||Hope Springs Eternal: Dave McD|
|Oct-2017||7-Cs: Brad W|
|Jan-2018||RBR: Daniel R|
|Feb-2018||The Whirligig: Bridget J|
|Mar-2018||TG: Bridget J|
We didn't get a lot of takers, but each route was new to the rider that joined us.
[Note: I've included McDave on the the "Hope Springs Eternal," even though HSE was not counted by any of us as one of our Explorer rides, because I want to recognize those that responded to advertising of a ride.]
Some may think that I'll stop with this Explorer-Challenge foolishness now that Bob, Iva, and I have completed one Challenge -- that would be wrong thinking.
- I will continue to encourage advertising rides, Perm-Pops and 200+ km Perms.
- I will continue to encourage camaraderie rides with others not one's usual partners.
|Permanent Route Name / #||Distance||Date||Finishers||DNF|
|NC: Lillington Lilliput / 2009||123||2018/04/11||3||0|
|Cert#||RUSA#||Name||Club / ACP Code||Time|
|RUSA-T80508||7702||A__, Iva C||Randonneurs USA / 933095||06:43|
|RUSA-T80509||5843||B__, Bob||Randonneurs USA / 933095||06:43|
|RUSA-T80510||6218||S__, Martin||Randonneurs USA / 933095||06:43|