Saturday, June 6, 2015

On the Road to BRAG

BRAG is the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, a week-long supported bicycle tour.

Touring is simple. You have a route, a cue sheet, and a destination (your evening's lodging). On supported tours, rest stops are provided every 15-20 miles. You can be speedy, slow, or in between. You've got all day to get to your destination.

Many years ago we did our very first BRAG. On fat tire bikes. Our longest ride up to then had been under 40 miles. We were a bit apprehensive, but figured, "Hey, what's the worst that could happen?" A week and a lot of miles later we arrived back home. Very tired. And totally hooked on bicycle touring. We were pretty much the slowest riders on the road, but we pedaled the complete route, talked with lots of interesting people, and enjoyed some pretty impressive scenery. All the physical activity felt amazing. Bicycle touring became the yardstick against which other travel was measured.

These days we live in Florida. South Florida. Flat South Florida. We will be riding with BRAG in the Georgia Piedmont region, an area of low hills and narrow valleys. Our cue sheets for the week promise some entertaining terrain. The scenery will be pretty nice, too.