I wanted to be the first to congratulate Eric Keller on earning his (1st) R-12 award with the completion of the Hawks Nest Permanent on Saturday. Eric rode his first brevet last February and successfully completed the PA SR series in May. Tom may be able to confirm this but I believe Eric is the first PA Randonneur to complete the R-12 in their first twelve months of randonneuring.
... another "success story" to come out of the PA R-12 series and I want to thank Tom for all of his efforts in running the PA R-12 series which allowed many of us to earn our R-12 awards with "local" rides.
I had the pleasure of riding Saturday's Permanent with Eric and he mentioned that along with these milestones, another goal is to ride a randonnee.