Tomorrow, I (Lesli) leave for France for Paris-Brest-Paris,”the most famous long-distance randonnée.” During the ride (which covers 12oo kilometers in 90 hours), I will be off the grid and out of communication with Archival readers. In lieu of a live broadcast, I’m providing some placeholder photographs documenting my experience.
Interested parties can track my progress via the Official Paris-Brest-Paris site. The Vanilla and I are registered as US frame number 4641. Eight riders from my club, the Oregon Randonneurs, will be making the trip. After PBP, I will be spending a week in Paris recovering from the ride and shopping from the present.
11 thoughts on “Archival Departure: Paris-Brest-Paris”
Somehow, I get the feeling you will NOT be drinking milk at the end of the race.
Best of luck!
bon chance! dig into a proper paris-brest dessert when you’re back in paris!
So jealous, good luck and have an awesome time.
Good luck! I hope staying awake isn’t too difficult.
Excellent adventure to you. Remember, pictures or it didn’t happen.
go Lesli go — you can do it!
(repeat 10,000 times or until ride is successfully completed)
I look forward to watching your progress. Here’s to safe travels, smooth pavement, and a happy vacation at the end!
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The photo of the bicycle troops, the file name is misleading, as they are in British Commonwealth kit/helmets/rifles.
The commonwealth used bicycle scouts, dragoons and regulars extensively, particularly the Canadian Divisions, as summed up nicely here: http://wwii.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=2673