I would love to fly to California for the Eroica California, and have no doubt I could find a bike in my shed that would be fun to ride and would be the subject of universal admiration there but the fact is, I have a son who will be starting college this fall and I cannot justify anything as selfish as a weekend in California.
So here's what I'm going to do about it:
On the very day that the heroic Californians ride their 122 miles on their heroic bicycles, I am going to ride 122 miles in New Jersey or maybe Pennsylvania. I'm going to ride a bike that's older than I am, I'm going to stick to dirt roads as much as possible (like, at least a few miles), and maybe I'll work an ocean view in somewhere.
And anyone who wants to join me, you are welcome to do so. In fact, I encourage you to join me. I'll even let you camp in my yard the night before and the night after the ride.
Heck, I may even by some beer.
Now, if that's not tempting enough for you, or you wouldn't want to be seen riding around New Jersey for whatever reason, I encourage you to plan your own ride that day, whether it's 40, 65, or 122 miles, and ride it with some other Bike Forum members, and tell us about it here.