It looks like the majority of things that are going to happen this year are DIY or unsanctioned types of events. Ted King is promoting his #DIYGravel initiative after completing his #DIYGravelDK across the State of Vermont. If you haven’t seen it yet, it is worth the 15 minutes to watch…
I won’t be doing something as grand as Ted’s ride, but I am attempting to ride a cross a state in a single day – in New Jersey. Since working in shops, I have heard reference of “The Longest Day” as some kind of folklore from the randonneurs and other long distance riders. If you worked or hung out in bike shops back in the 80’s and 90’s, you probably remember them. The folks that rode the lugged steel (often Italian) frames, Suntour group with down tube friction shifters, Benotto Cellotape (usually yellow, white, red, or some combination of the two), probably wearing a hairnet and wool, with some waxed canvas bag handling off the handlebars – but I digress.
These crazies talked of riding all the way from High Point at the northern tip of the state all the way down to the southern tip, Cape May. Racing on the track made a ride like that seem like something only one of THOSE crazies would do…
Well, looks like I am going to try and become one of those crazies this weekend.
Distance: 207.6 miles
Elevation: 4,877 ft
I have recruited the help of my buddy who still lives up there and is willing to drive across the state to drop me off, coordinate food and water, then shuttle my potentially broken self back to a safe place to recover with Jersey Shore Pizza and cold beer.
Because this is just a one-day ride with support, I am going pretty light on gear.
- Surly Midnight Express – this has become my all-time favorite bike and I should probably do a write up on it…
- Revelate Designs Fuel Tank
- Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag
- Bontrager Seat Bag
- Garmin eTrex 20x
- AA Batteries (x 2)
- ANKER USB Battery Block
Please follow along on Instagram and I hope to see a few of you out there this weekend. If I don’t see you, enjoy whatever you get to do.