Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Ode to Berthoud
The bag with 3 extra spokes, 2 spare tubes, a multi-tool, a tube of sunscreen, a tube of Crest, a folding toothbrush, 1 toothpick.
One spoke wrench, 3 tire-irons, 1 derailleur cable.
A 4-pack of AA batteries, 13 zipties, a cellphone, a change of socks, long-fingered gloves.
A cue sheet, a ferry ticket.
Three newspaper bags—bags within a bag.
One pair of black arm warmers and a faded Red Sox cap. A vest.
The bag that whispered words of comfort in the darkest hours of PBP.
The bag that sags in the corners from the weight and worry of a dozen brevets.
The bag that flat-out lied, said the next control was just around the corner.
The bag that challenged the crew to a county line sprint. And lost.
The bag that cursed the cold rain.
The bag that knew I would finish when I thought I could not.
The bag packed and ready for the 300k.
Left behind on the kitchen table.
And never needed.