Day 0: Preliminaries
Lots of red tape to deal with. The day before the ride, you have to go
to the starting point (which was the World Trade Center on Boston's waterfront
last year; I gather that it will be at Northeastern University this time).
You have to do all the following things:
All of this was remarkably efficient, and never involved standing in line
for more than five minutes at a time, but it did take a couple of hours
to get through it all. Having to leave my bike was the most annoying one;
you're supposed to be there at 6am the next morning, and how are you supposed
to manage that if you have to give up your bike? (The T doesn't run early
Watch an orientation and safety video
Show proof of insurance
Settle up your pledges
Sign up for a tentmate
Get your rider number
Leave your bike in the storage area
I didn't have a tentmate in mind, so they gave me one then and there.
Don't remember much about him; we didn't see each other much. He was a
morning person, and was up well before me each morning; in the evening,
he was already back and had the tent up before I arrived. And he never
came to the tent on night 3 at all; perhaps he got a better offer. Or perhaps
he gave up on the ride somewhere during day 3; couldn't blame him if he
After all that, I went out with Marian for a nice big pre-ride dinner.
Don't remember what we ate; it was too long ago. (It's June 1997 as I write