The Grand Plan

Just over three weeks to go! For those of you who have asked, here is a photo of the route we will be following. We start in Florence Oregon on about the 17th of May  and, if all goes well, finish close to Virginia Beach, Virginia — 12 weeks later.  The route goes through 10 states: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Virginia — a total of 4, 233 miles (6,723 km). I will try to average 100 km a day, six days a week and take one day off each — hopefully to relax with a couple of cold beers by a nice lake.

If anyone is interested in more details on the route, you can check it out at AdventureCycling.org. This is a fantastic not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to get people out exploring their world by bicycle. The TransAmerica route celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, so I expect there will be lots of people riding — some east to west; some going my way.

I would welcome company on any portion of the route. If you think you might want to ride a section with me (or maybe join me for a brew), let me know and we’ll see if we can link up!

Til next time, keep the wind at your back!

Barb

Shifting Gears

With just one month left before setting out on this epic journey across the USA, I am having a hard time focusing on work. I realize that my lifelong dream of biking across America is really going to happen.

We have lists of “things to do before we leave, and as tasks are completed, the lists seem to grow longer, not shorter. I have “mustering stations” set up in rooms all over the house: biking gear, tools, clothes, electronics, camping stuff. I fear it’s way too much and yet I worry that it might not be everything we need. How many pairs of underwear? Will I need rain pants? What kind of phone should we get? Should we even bring a phone or use it to take photos and forget a real camera? Do I need GPS? Dog spray?

I have never been away from home for four months and although I am very excited, I am nervous too. What if I get sick or injured — can we make it home? Will the house be OK? Will we get homesick?

Many of you have asked if I will maintain a blog while I am away. Although I am very new at this, I will do my best to keep connected with everyone I love back at home.

The countdown has begun. Time to shift gears!