moderate speed touring
Reality is painful sometimes. Thanks for the reference, though. I am amenable to group rides, though there is a certain elegance to solo, unsupported expeditions that beguiles me.
One aspect of randonneuring that does not appeal is the arbitrariness of distance goals. This route
, a 200 km randonneur scheduled on September 26, has no destination, nor does it go anywhere particularly interesting. While many of my training rides are similarly arbitrary, and there is merit in such random adventure, this route - with a literal 10-15 km out-and-back at its northern apex - is contrived solely to hit 200 km. It's only marginally more interesting than sitting on a trainer for 7 hours. Boston-Montreal-Boston is somewhat compelling, as it's about getting somewhere.