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!

6 thoughts on “Shifting Gears

  1. Wow!
    Barb, I’m so excited to hear about the beginning of this fantastic adventure. We will be following along each leg. Please share often. Here’s hoping you have endless tailwinds.


  2. Wow! It’s hard to believe you’re so close to realizing your big dream. I am thinking back on our dad “cycling” his way across the continent by marking his time on the exercise bike on a map in the basement but you will actually putting rubber on the road. I am looking forward to following your blog and riding beside you in spirit. I’m sure you will do just fine, considering the bumps and scrapes you’ve overcome in the past. Lots of love to you and may the wind be at your back.


  3. Congratulations, Barb! Your Odyssey is now just a week away and the preparations have been taken care of. A few last good byes and then off to Oregon. Thanks for the link. We will be using it often and cheering you forward as you pedal on, pedal on, pedal on, for miles and miles and miles and miles. You won’t be needing a tailwind as you need the challenge of a head on breeze, right, Barb? Maybe even a gale or two. Stay dry and hydrate often, alcoholic only after you step out of the saddle. Now start composing your next page. Vicariously yours, Pete and Judy


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