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    Saturday was The Ride everyone came for, and it was a doozy. Metric century through lovely scenery with just a few hills thrown in:

    Dave's sister Sue was our rest stop savior, hosting at both the new Glarus Brewery and the non-existent Dalesville Park.

    Not everyone took on the same kind of water at stop #2 :

    At the end of the ride, more talk, more beer, more great food:

    Sunday, Robbie, Pete and I wanted to ride the trails out to the old train tunnels, so first we hit Monroe. Beautiful small town central square, but deserted of course on a Sunday morning, except for us and the Italian opera being played at a fairly high volume from the county courthouse tower. Rather surreal.

    The back down the trail to the tunnels at the Belleville end. Wow, it was really DARK IN THERE! And cold.

    Afterwards, a quick change into street clothes, a quick lunch, and then off to the highway:


    Full photo album can be found here: Centario Bartali 3 Day Bike Tour Slideshow by rccardr | Photobucket
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    Surreal moment: Sunday, we rolled off the Badger State Trail into downtown Monroe, Wisconsin, 3 men on bikes. The square was deserted, huge beautiful courthouse in the middle, Italian opera was playing on speakers. We just rolled quietly and tried to digest the moment, because it was like a Fellini movie.

    Bizzare moment: Um, uh, "taking a chair" in the restroom at the Walker House, and the provided reading material was Camus.

    Odd moment: Trying to vote for the bike that would win the "Varsity" award. Zero, zilch, nada. Every bike in the show was so far up the ladder, the award was derailed. I just voted 1-2 and called it a day.

    Humility moment: (no, not on the road......) Just walking into the barn, and seeing 40 better bikes than I've ever built.
    Reality moment: seeing them the next day on the road, under a bunch of great folks, doing what they were made to do.

    Confused moment: (as usual, on the road....) Coming to the proverbial "T" intersection, not knowing which way. In my head were David's words... "you're all adults, you can figure it out...." I went a couple miles Left, a couple miles Right, got the wrong directions from a local (and had to climb back up from the "park" he told me was there, but wasn't). Finding the next wave drinking beer at the rest stop, as if they do it every day...

    Enlightened moment:
    realizing Pete (Chrome Molly) can only be slowed down by food. He will definitely stop for food. You ride with a guy 3 days in a row, and day 1, he's wearing his Minnesota Gran Fondo jersey; day 2, he's in his Wisconsin Triple Crown jersey; and day 3, merely his Dairyland Dare jersey. Looking at the jerseys made my legs hurt.

    Best kit: PBB, full Team 7-11 kit, even the headsweat....

    Bike Nerd moments: first, searching CL with rccardr and seeing an NOS Koga-Miyata frame, re-thinking our day to accommodate a purchase....then meeting Chrome Molly at 10 am and it's already in the back of his car.. second, Will having to leave Mineral Point for Madison to see his wife, and returning a few hours later, with a Vitus 979 full DA in the trunk....

    Gravity moment: Barrettscv going downhill. Then again, when you can swear in Itallian like he can, you should be fast.

    I'm trying to figure out how to edit and combine a few video clips, then I'll post.

    Friday, with rccardr, Chrome Molly, PBB (the newly christened "Pete's Brother Brian), and crank_addict, great time on a great trail with great root beer. My first trail ride more than 5 minutes, but the 7 miles to/from the trail were on pavement, and very fun, as well. 66.97 miles/2113' of climbing. Ended up late to the show, but fine, nonetheless.

    Saturday, with the entire crowd, truly a day I'll remember, as much for who was there as much as anything on the road. OK, I'll definitely remember the new chip seal, and Star Valley road was a slice of biketopia. 64.05 miles/4055' of climbing (and I took the short route).

    Sunday, heads down and "strolling" on another trail with rrcardr and Chrome Molly. Asking directions for root beer at 9:45 am and having the guy recommend "just beer" instead. The aforementioned twilight zone in deserted downtown Monroe, Italian opera playing as we drifted down the street. Then, moving on, and finally finding a root beer float (some assembly required) at the New Glarus starting point. 44.08 miles/1047' of climbing, and if there existed an extra 20 miles that was anywhere near flat, to get our 3rd metric, we'd have taken it, but we'd had our share; and seriously, there was root beer.

    Thursday, Sunday, and Monday: excellent company with rccardr on 15-16 hours of driving each way. If you have to sit with someone in a car for that long, he's da man. His theory on what kind of people race RC cars is well-grounded. Sort of the "Gomez Addams" pipeline.

    UPDATE: My sister has "floated" the idea of the 2015 Dairyland Dare as a rendezvous once again. The Dairyland Motel is very much for it, as is Kathy at the Walker House, and the Fire Department is once again open for a dinner. Perhaps "once more into the breach" would be a good thing. If the DD would just get iab to plan their route, it would be, hands down, the best ride in WI. For now, though, the Centenario Bartali would have to be the best bicycle event I've been to, bar none.

    Perhaps we can spell Dave and have him be our guest of honor at the 2015 DD.
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    Robbie- The excursion about the three of you riding Sunday into Monroe.... chilling awesomeness!

    Ciclomuseo Gino Bartali

    I've got to mention the dedication iab has. (Not that I really need to but....) On Saturday a few of us were just about finished packing up and here I notice our host loading his prized, incredible rare bikes on the BACK of his car AND the garbage can with the trash of us party goers is inside his car! Thank you again -
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    Had to post just one more picture. Hard to describe the feeling our Group of Five had when we crested the previous very long and difficult hill and saw this in front of us. Daunting.



    But a couple folks did a Gu to help with the leg cramps & nobody got left behind. Truly wonderful memories of the entire long weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
    I've got to mention the dedication iab has. (Not that I really need to but....) On Saturday a few of us were just about finished packing up and here I notice our host loading his prized, incredible rare bikes on the BACK of his car AND the garbage can with the trash of us party goers is inside his car! Thank you again -
    Same as when I drove in.

    IMG_1278 by iabisdb, on Flickr

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    Looks like a very cool event, and wish I had been in shape to have done this. Glad it went off well David!

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    Notice he put the modern bike on the back, in case someone rear-ended him.

    I'm still working on getting my videos chop-chopped and re-stitched, but they're nothing special. I'm a monkey with a camera.

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    ^I noticed that too... The pictures make the trip out to have been quite the adventure. I look forward to seeing what the video shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir_Name View Post
    ^I noticed that too... The pictures make the trip out to have been quite the adventure. I look forward to seeing what the video shows.
    Nothing spectacular. The other guys know how to use a camera. I just pulled the Contour ROAM out of my pocket once in a while.

    Skip, can I ask where that cool green T-shirt came from? I'd like to get one of those.

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    Robbie ♪♫♪...☻

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    bump for video

    my first ever upload to YouTube....

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    ^Finally/just saw this. Further evidence that I missed a fantastic event.
    Nice choice of tunes and nice editing.

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    So it's been a few weeks since the event but I wanted to share some pictures. It was a great ride and it was great to see everyone. Thanks to the four riders that waited for me after I had to walk a couple of hills due to cramps. Thanks iab for putting this together, my award is proudly displayed on my basement shop.




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