My wife is on the DL with no idea when/if she'll be able to resume her "duties". I'm bummed out needless to say. Yes, I'm riding my single which I enjoy, but 100K's are lonely! We'll see how it goes. Meanwhile I suppose I have some stoker options:
1. 38 y/o son - very good cyclist but he has a family and I'd have to "pay" him to get him on the back. We'd be fast, however.
2. his 10 y/o son - maybe
3. his 5 y/o son - future candidate
4. 38 y/o son twin of #1 - athletic, but out of shape/overweight due to being Mr. Mom for a 2 y/o. He's going to have to shape up before I lug him around
5. Other - I suppose I could lead a occasional club ride on the tandem with some hapless volunteer on the back.
Of the above, the 5 y/o holds the most promise. He's a dynamo and with a kid stoker kit he would more than carry his own weight. Plus, he likes to go fast. He did a 50K on a trail-a-bike and never stopped pedaling. He could easily have done the 50K on his 5 speed, drop-bar single, but he's not road-wise enough.
Life goes on as they say. Meanwhile, the daVinci hangs in the garage.
BTW, my LBS would love to see someone on a tandem try the new Hutchinson 28mm tubeless on a tandem. I've got them on my single and I think I'm in love.