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A Small Weekend Adventure

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tomorrow I start a small, mostly solo, adventure--touring 3 state parks over 4 days on my bike. The weather should be perfect--mid-70s, partly sunny, with very cool nights--in the 40s. That means I'll be packing a bit more clothing than I wanted. Uggh--more weight. When every ounce counts, you'd be surprised how heavy an extra set of clothing can be. I wanted to go really, really light, but comfort comes before weight. No sense being on a miserable adventure. Average daily mileage: 40--unless I miss a turn somewhere and that could happen on country roads that don't have a road sign.

Friends will join me on one day--it will be nice to have some company.

The camp stove has been tested, the routes have been mapped, the packing list is complete, and DH is on standby. All that's left to do is pack and get on my way. And quell the butterflies in my stomach and the voice in my head that says terrible things to undermine my confidence. I may have to stealth camp one night and that's freaking me out a bit. I've prepared for it as best I can--did a reconnaissance to find a possible site and the pepper spray and a whistle/horn will be at the ready. Like most things I worry about, the odds are I won't have to stealth camp, and if I do, nothing will happen, except it will probably be a fitful night of sleep.

These small adventures are tools to build my confidence for cross-country cycling in 2015. My preference is to go solo for the most part--to be able to explore the country without being tied down to a strict route or time schedule. But right now, this is way out of my comfort zone, and Iím going to have to ease into it. Like all great accomplishments, it starts with one step at a time.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/17/2013 6:01AM

    What a fabulous adventure ! I do hope you will tell us all about it!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/15/2013 10:20PM

    I wish you tailwinds and great campsites on your ride. I bet you will have a blast! No matter what happens, you will learn a lot from your ride. What a great thing to be doing.

I think even the hard times on a bicycle tour create great memories. Knowing that you made it through it will build a lot of confidence.

Have fun!!!

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DDOORN 8/15/2013 12:21PM

    All kinds of jealous! Kudos to living your dreams! It looks like you will be blessed by sunny clear days with no rain...which is my biggest fear when it comes to touring...I just can't bike in the rain without being pretty miserable...ugh!

Don

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