Monthly Archives: May 2012
While riding one of my favorite rides the other day a realization hit me. I’ve probably ridden this loop over a hundred times in the past few years. I know where every bump in the road is, how far the climbs are and at what % grade, what stop lights are triggered by a bike, etc. In fact it got me thinking that 99.9% of the rides I do are loops. As Matt and I train for our ride almost all of our training rides have been loops on roads we’ve ridden many times before. That’s when I started thinking about cycling across America. We’ll be cycling lines not loops, starting and ending in towns we’ve never been to before and riding roads we’ve never ridden before. While the loops are trusted routes that have prepared us well, we’re ready to abandon them for the adventure of riding lines! So while we all need the stability of loops in our lives it’s fun to change things and see where the lines take us.
As the Beatles sang 45 years ago (can you believe it’s been that long) “I get by with a little help from my friends…” While Matt and I prepare for our ride one thing that we’re both in awe of is all the support and encouragement we’ve received. Family, friends and work colleagues have been incredibly supportive. While many think us a little nuts and wonder how we’ll be able to sit on a bike seat that long, everyone has been very encouraging. Last week I was fortunate to have three co-workers from Goodway come to Tahoe for a 3 day team meeting. While I’m off riding my bike this summer, Maureen, Lori and Sarah will be keeping all of my projects running smoothly (of course they do already, so with me gone to not pester them it may actually go more smoothly). The three of them were 100% supportive of me living out my dream of cycling across America and simply asked what can we do to help. From Brenda to my family and friends everyone wants to know if there’s anything they can do to help or simply tell us how great it is that we’re attempting this. I can’t tell you how nice it is to have to be so focused on all the preparation for what we’re doing and have all this support. So a big THANKS for all of the encouragement!
We’re now inside of 50 days before we leave on or trip. We have all of the big things nailed down like the dates, route, SAG drivers, training, etc. It’s the little things that are driving us nuts. If someone were to ride with Matt & I during our training rides they would think we were going to be nowhere near civilization during our ride (of course some points of South Dakota may be considered nowhere near civilization). We keep discussing what we need to bring and what are we going to do in certain situations. We have talked through the gear, nutrition, clothing, accommodations, weather, traffic, injury, etc. You name it and we’ve talked through it dozens of times. Now we’re onto “what are we forgetting?”. Just about the time we have each other completely stressed we remind ourselves that when Matt’s Dad cycled across America 20 years ago, they had no GPS or cell phones. They figured it out and had a great trip across America. While it’s important for us to be well planned out and organized we also have to keep it all in perspective. Basically, as long as we can ride our bikes we’ll make it…