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30-Day Pre-Bike Ride Panic

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hi, Speeps! I hope everyone is good. Here's my dumb story.

So, I've been planning to go on a 6 day bike tour with my kid.

Signed up in January, sent money, got accepted. Check.

I could sign up for a bus ride to the event, as well as meals, and pay for those at a later date. I didn't have the money at the time, so I had to put it off. Today, I figured I had better check into that. Well, that date has come and gone. I missed it. Now I'm on my own for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As well as a ride across the state. :(

I also don't have any substantial camping gear to speak of. I'm sure I could borrow or buy some of that stuff. But I feel like I've don't a last-minute thing here, and now I'm all anxious.

I had planned to start camping with my daughter on the weekends, just to get a feel for what we're going to be missing and/or need. But we haven't done anything yet. And of course there's something to do every weekend up to the ride.

I've barely been training for this ride. We put in 16 miles yesterday and it felt like a lot. How are we going to do 50 miles a day?

It was already going to be a challenge to take my girl camping for 6 days. Who knows if it will be hot/cold/rainy. Who knows if she'll hate it and want to go home after day 2. But now, I can't even plan on where my eggs and toast are going to come from. I feel like I've failed in planning this even.

I've wanted to do this ride for so long, but now that it's here, I feel so unprepared, that part of me just wants to call it off. But I'll hate myself if I call it off. Argh.

Argh. I don't know what my decision is going to be. I'm just frustrated at myself.

The end.

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    i say go for it. borrow the things you need. try to go as far as you can every day and then ride in the van. your daughter will remember the good parts of the trip the part of being with you. not we diddnt go 50 miles or had to eat peanut butter while others ate turkey. it is about you and her and an adventure of a lifetime. you cant say no you can only try.
    3431 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    You know, it is always easiest to back out and replan for next year. However, I'm thinking that you might regret that. It sounds like last minute nerves to me. Sit down with your daughter and talk to her about it. What does she want to do? If you are both still game, then consider the meal planning and transportation just another part of the adventure. Plan it out together.

    Your daughter is a lucky girl.

    3434 days ago
    see what your sweet daughter wants to do and then roll with regrets, and you can do your own fun trip....just a thought..zo
    3437 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/18/2010 11:38:28 PM
    If you change your mind, that's one thing. If you still want to go, nothing has changed. Deep breath!

    They advertised a family ride. Kids included. It's NOT a race, but more of an adventure to be enjoyed. If you have a "bad day", there will be a vehicle to pick you up.

    Have you tried being the exception to the rule as far as the meals go. See if they will accept a late decision. Someone else may have had to cancel. Who knows?

    You'll figure it out. It's still a choice.

    Best Wishes!

    3437 days ago
    I'm sure it will work out okay, to be honest. When I do stuff like this (missing deadlines, overlooking details, etc., and it happens quite often, LOL) I just go find a quiet place to think and write down what needs to be done if I am going to be successful at it. I can guarantee that you find a way to do this if it is really what you want to do. As far as your daughter MAYBE saying she'll want to go home, it could happen. My kids have done it to me countless times. But I wouldn't worry about what COULD happen. Just go, if you decide to, and take it one memory at a time. She may enjoy it more than you'll ever know!
    3437 days ago
  • GEKKO1
    50 miles a day? Is your daughter up for that? Especially if you wind up going against the wind?

    The camping issue I think will be fine, you'll just be relegated to buying your food elsewhere before reaching each campsite along the tour. Carrying supplies is definitely an issue though.

    If the planning has gone south the best thing may be to count your losses on this one and plan your own tour with your daughter, especially if she had her heart set on this particular ride.

    Maybe you and she could drive to each camp site along the tour, set up a spot, take your bikes and ride to meet the group in the middle and turn around and ride back to the site with the group.At least in your vehicle you can store camping gear, other necessities, and a cooler with food.

    Just some thoughts! I'd hate for you to lose your money on a trip planned for you and your daughter. But if she did hate it, you could just hop in your vehicle and head home!

    Planning your own father/daughter trip might be cooler to her anyway!

    3437 days ago
    i feel your anxiety but i'll bet it's not as bad as it seems. you can borrow the camping equipment from friends, etc and buy what you need. as far as food, there's always something quick and easy to put together..just ask other campers/bike riders, for suggestions.

    for the still have 30 what you can and 1 weekend of trial camping will be enough to tell you what's missing or needed. if your daughter wants to go home after day 2, so be it. at least you can say you made an attempt and who knows, you both may just enjoy the whole experience. turn it into a fun'sright up your alley!! all the go and make it happen!!! emoticon
    3437 days ago
    I hope it all works out for you. You are in my thoughts.
    3437 days ago
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