I don’t seem to remember that we were routed through little towns when I rode this in 2008.  I seem to remember that the towns directly on the route put on street fairs, but not ones that were even a little bit off the map.

There’s always a cop or someone in uniform directing traffic off the main route.  Sending us right into the arms of folks who want to sell us food and trinkets.

The scene below has been replayed a dozen times or more already:

Gotta admit I don’t know how they managed to get high school students to do something civic-minded on summer vacation.  But the crazier of the bicyclists hadn’t worked off enough energy yet.