Before the ride started, the North Carolina crew, as well as cyclists from around the globe, gathered for beer and bicycles at the Windmill, a small pub that was a stone's throw from the ride start. The tap dispensed Guinness while the TV showed Le Tour's Mont Ventoux mountain stage. There is no finer way to spend a pre-event afternoon with your rowdy friends. Here are Jimmy and Cap'n Ende enjoying a pint.
Speaking of friends, we made many new ones including Spencer from Missouri. He was a constant riding companion the last couple of days, and he kept things fun. Here's the proof.