We had perfect weather, missed all of the rain, and had very little wind. A brief headwind refreshed us on the way to Long Beach, and after that, nothing but net (tailwinds) on the ride home. It was really wonderful to ride the entire 300K with six randos. Everyone waited for each other at stops, and flats were quickly repaired.
We arrived at the Long Beach control as the Mardi Gras festival was underway. The parade passed us as we were getting our receipts.
Made some new rando friends. One with a very old RUSA# and one with RUSA# in the post 10,000 era.
James Yuan, the badass in the group with the cool 650B 42mm tire rando bike complete with Schmidt dynohub and Rene Herse cranks. He is hoping to take his wife and 3 year old daughter to PBP this summer. He said he daughter likes to go fast and can be found on the river trail yelling “Go, Daddy, Go!”
Jim Kehr from SD Randos with the lowest RUSA number in 3000s riding his new MOOTS bike.
Alan Tolkoff of PCH Randos picked up his bike in December after a long hiatus, and is thinking about PBP too.
Keith Olsen of SD Randos joined at the turn-around.
More photos in Stacy’s Google+ album.