|Newsletter - 2007 Archive|
Ken Bonner wrote an e mail message for the discussion list after the 300. It can double as a ride report. Title courtesy of Richard Blair (though Wim Kok may own the copyright).
Damned Dam 300
A large THANK-YOU to Deirdre and Bob for organizing another interesting brevet! For those of you who did not ride this brevet, you missed some good climbing, low traffic roads with good pavement and lots of sunshine.
The much dreaded Dogs, lots of Dogs warning,
caused me to ride with 5 kg. of freshly ground hamburger meat
and 3 bunny rabbits to divert the doggy fangs from my legs. Fortunately,
the dogs were locked behind a steel fence that sparked like a
welder's torch as the nice doggies tried to chew their way through
the fence to reach those whirling calves. Knight and Day were
Knowing that randonneurs are easily bored,
Deirdre and Bob arranged for some drilling and blasting to discourage
riders from following the designated route - Keith Fraser and
I were undaunted by the many large fluorescent signs proclaiming
the official route CLOSED, but when the road exploded in front
of us, we thought perhaps we should back-track and accept an
The unexpected detour left us in high spirits (having just avoided death) so we did not mind the extra 8.326145 km detour, not even the uphill portion.
Keith Nichol was a welcome sight at the
end. He told us how he really, really wanted to ride the 300,
but circumstances would not permit him to do so. To deal with
the stress of not riding, he had just finished eating his 3rd
whole apple pie and 4th large Coke. He was also working on a
Many thanks to Bob & Deirdre for organizing this event; and for the cheerful work of the volunteers (Harold Bridge, Barb & Dave Gillanders; and, Keith Nichol.)
April 29, 2007