Sadly I am not participating in BRAN this year.  Sorry to those of you who are here to follow my trip.  I cancelled my spot for several reasons:

  • My rear tire is questionable after the local The Bike Rack store incorrectly trued the tire, stressing out the spoke nipples to the point one came through the rim on a ride right afterwards.  I brought it back to them and they loosened the spokes, replaced some spokes and a couple of nipples, but who is to say if any of the remaining ones have metal fatigue.  I sure don’t want to find that out on the side of a busy highway.
  • I’m not physically in the shape I would like to be in.  I don’t want to, in a weakened state after days of riding, do something stupid and injure myself.
  • The weather here has been so unpredictable, riding could be dangerous.  I remember the 2010 BRAN ride we were up several night from sever storms and I was just plain exhausted from lack of sleep.

Sorry to be missing what would otherwise be a great ride, but I do have RAGBRAI to look forward to the end of July and hopefully will have my trike ready by then.

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