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Jun 10, 2012

An adventure we cannot fail

Everett-Boys and Girls-ClubThis is our final pre-trip entry. It’s been an interesting couple of days. Yesterday we were planning to ride to Everett. Twenty minutes into it we realized that things were still not right with the bike after the recent tune-up. The chain has been skipping ever since then. That usually means worn chain or gears, but those were all replaced. With only a week to go we figured we better get it to the shop. We spent the day with them trying things out and us test riding. Finally bought a new derailleur (the old one had 18,000 miles on it), but that still didn’t fix it. Total “training” miles: 12!

So today we completed the route from the Pacific to official start line, the Everett Boys and Girls Club. We changed our shifters from index shifting to friction shifting (I use barend shifters) and that solved the problems we’d been having. We hope that the sunshine today is a good omen. The 62 mile round trip seemed almost lazy which implies we’re ready. We have a total of 1,875 training miles in from the first of the year.

A few thoughts as we head into this great adventure:

  1. This IS indeed an adventure and one we CANNOT fail! Even if we stop, we will still have had an adventure.
  2. It’s all “practice”. We’re going to attempt to be in each moment without telling ourselves how much we’d rather be somewhere else (dry, done, on the flats, on a curvy road, out of the wind, in the wind, in a warm cabin, back in Seattle, already to Boston, etc.).
  3. No point complaining about it. No one wants to hear it.
  4. We aspire to not use the sag vehicle.
  5. We aspire to blog consistently as time and access allow.
  6. We aspire to have FUN!

One of the wonderful things about life is how much a mystery it all is. We’re going to step into that mystery next Sunday, June 17. Come join us! (Figuratively speaking. We don’t expect you to hop on your bikes!)

Jun 9, 2012

Accidents do happen


Friday Sheila collided with a door jamb at full tilt and broke her nose! She’s fine and is able to ride but it’s a shock to the system and an energy drain. To make a long story short, she was running to catch a phone call and slammed face-first  into a door jam! There was […]

Jun 3, 2012

The UNofficial start of our journey

We’ve done lots of training in the past couple of months including back to back 80+ mile days to Mt. Vernon, a trip up Snoqualmie Pass where we hit snow and had to back track and another up Mt. St. Helens where we also turned around for snow. We’ve done hills, passes, and lots of […]

Mar 20, 2012

Planning and Packing

Figuring out what and how to pack for 9 weeks of supported cycling, within the two 50 pound bags per person limit was a planner’s dream. Those of you who know me (Sheila) know that I LOVE to plan and I’m a total techno geek. I realize many readers will have NO interest in this […]

Feb 27, 2012

Join us on a training ride

Our training has begun in earnest. We have been spinning 2-3 times during each week and getting out every weekend day we can. This past Saturday we rode 47 miles to Vashon Island’s lighthouse and back from our Capitol Hill home. On Sunday, after volunteering for the Cascade Bike Club’s Chilly Hilly, at o’dark thirty […]

Jan 30, 2012

House sitter must love cats


Given that we will be away from home for much of the summer, we’re beginning to look for the “purrfect” house sitter. Actually, the house doesn’t need sitting so much as Morrie, our cat will. He’s very people oriented and used to having me home with him all day. So  it would be wonderful to […]

Jan 29, 2012

Something Borrowed – Something New

As Spencer mentioned there’s a lot of planning to do. And you can help! Here’s a starting list of things we’ll need to either borrow or buy. If you can lend something or have input on our purchases please add a comment below.

Jan 27, 2012

The Training Begins

OMG! What have we committed ourselves to? Four thousand miles is more than we rode the last two years put together! We’re just starting to set up our training plan but already have a few strategies in place.

Jan 26, 2012

It’s Official

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 […]