Sheila and I have long dreamed of cycling across America. Many things have come together to make 2012 THE year. I had already planned to skip Camp UKANDU for other reasons, so the summer was open. Then we found a supported, vegan, permaculture-focused  trip leaving June 1 for three months. When I couldn’t get THAT much time off, we learned about this trip with Cycle America. The more we thought of it, the more excited we got about going. Couple that with my coming 60th birthday (what a way to celebrate), our continually aging bodies (better get going while the going’s good), and we decided, “Let’s go!” So we’re planning on riding from Everett to Boston in the summer of 2012.

There’s suddenly a lot to do. We’re going to have to get in much better shape than ever to make this a happy experience. The first week has four 100 mile days (century rides). And what isn’t a century is a mountain pass! We’ve already started spinning classes 3-4 times a week to wake up our legs. There are tons of logistics to nail down, like finding a large camping tent (anyone?), planning training rides, planning how we’ll supplement our meals to survive the trek, how we’ll stay in touch while on the road, finding someone to house and cat-sit for us until mid August (anyone?), and much, much  more.

As we get things answered, or as new questions arise, we’ll blog about it here. There will be a pre-trip blog, then sections for every week of the trip. We don’t really know what we’re getting into. 4,200 miles is more than we’ve ridden in the last two years, and we’re going to do it in 2 months! Hang on to your helmets. It’s going to be a wild ride!

The Training Begins