So we've got a fleche thread, how about one for brevets?
When you finish a brevet (or DNF/DNQ), post what brevet you did, where it was, and how it went!
I'll start off. Did a 300k brevet with the Seattle Intl Randonneurs this Saturday (my first 300k). Starting in Lacey, Wa (near Olympia) we meandered down south towards Vader, and tackled a lot of rolling hills along the way. The climbs weren't long, but steep in some places (like sustained 18% in one spot, supposedly). Climbing total was in the 7,500 foot range, according to the route-makers. And I believe it!
I rode with three friends the whole time, more or less Audax-style. We didn't set an official pace, but we stuck together the whole time, and regrouped on hills. Had I done this ride solo it would've been so much harder! First off I would have died of boredom out there by myself, but also because we pacelined when we needed to (which was often). The rain started at about 2 P.M. and never really let up! Can't wait for summer-brevets... then at least it'll be warm & rainy!
We started at 7 A.M. and finished at about 2 in the morning! Surely some riders were done by 8 or 9 P.M., but we stopped for "real" food along the way (for about an hour), and one of my buddies had three flats + a tire-blowout! I'm just glad we finished this in time though, I don't care about being almost-last (there was one more finisher after us).
Here's a shot of my group (+1 rider) riding through Olympia - that's the capitol buiding in the background, (I'm behind the tree):
More photos & details about the ride on my blog entry about it.
Also a bunch of great photos taken by a volunteer are on flickr.
So post your brevet stories here! Can't wait to read about other brevets..