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County Loop and Big Rides Planned!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Perfect weather for riding today and thoroughly enjoyed looping through Broome County in the Southern Tier of upstate New York today. The only thing that could have improved the 50 mile ride would have been some company.

Whether tunneling through the tall corn fields, taking in the sight of a regal blue heron beside a pond like glass reflecting the abundant blue skies and fluffy clouds or being caught up short with the beauty of wildflowers of every hue juxtapositioned more spectacularly than any flower shop could dare to accomplish...the outdoors just endlessly rolled out all its splendor today.

My camera hardly does justice, but I did make an attempt today:

And here is a shot I took during my commute to work one morning last week. It was foggy and the trick of light coming through the trees, reflecting off the water...just caught my eye enough to bring me to a stop and attempt to capture it:

I've been trying to bump up the miles a bit as I have (hopefully) two big rides on the horizon. The first one is a bit questionable as we may not have enough signed up as we had to commit to 16 minimum. Each year our bike club organizes rentals at a hostel at Tibbett's Point in the 1,000 Island area:


If we succeeded in getting enough (I'm still awaiting final word) this will happen over Labor Day weekend...soon! I finally got my enhanced Driver's License so that I'll be able to join in with rides over the bridge into Canada!

The 2nd ride is REALLY big...HUGE! It has me intimidated too as I am WAY breaking out of my comfort zone...by planning on a self-supported tour...no hotels, sleeping bag & tent will be packed on my bike along with all my clothes and other necessities! But get this: the ride will be curling throughout all of Cape Cod! From a state park near Boston, through Falmouth right out to Provincetown with a ferry ride back to Boston. Here is the link and map of the ride:


I have no idea how I'll do sleeping on the ground outdoors and am nervous as all get-out over packing everything and managing, but the president of our bike club is loaning me the tent / sleeping bag and going to help me to plan on setting up my bike for the ride. No trailer, just dual rear panniers with the tent & bag rolled up on top.

What excites me, however, is the idea that I might just take to this like a duck to water: my cheapskate heart LOVES the idea of snubbing hotels and their costs but even more, my adventurous heart will be thrilled by the sense of independence of managing a self-supported tour.

However one good rain storm will pull the plug from the whole thing for me. Gulp! I just know that is how I'll react...I just HATE cycling in the rain!

I have some nervousness over managing power for my smartphone and having enough charging capabilities so that I can use it and not leave it off all the time.

Anyhow...if anyone has any tips, suggestions, I'm way open to them. Have been reading up some. Last year my failed attempt in touring at least had me riding two 60+ miles stretches with two full panniers without much difficulty, so I feel good to have at least that much experience.

Cross your fingers for me!

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    Wow, I am excited for you-makes me think of your "alive in the world" intro! You are living your dreams and inspiring us all to do the same-no limits except those we self impose.
    My oldest daughter spends a lot of time hiking/camping in the Rockies-a sleeping pad might be helpful-comfort and temperature maintenance.
    The pics are beautiful. Can't wait until you post about these adventures!
    2717 days ago
    My bf rode across the country from Washington State to NJ when he was in his 20s. And he still talks about it.

    So you never know what that Cape Cod trip might encourage you to do next...


    P.S. For power you can investigate some GoalZero solar panels. I have a set for powering rechargeable batters for my GPS...

    I also have a hand crank charger for emergencies.

    Put the phone in "airplane mode" when you're not using it and turn off the wireless internet when you aren't near any. That will conserve the batteries.
    2717 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/12/2013 8:57:21 PM
    Wow! This sounds totally adventuresome. Your "lone" ride Sunday might have been more fun with company but . . .obviously you still loved it!

    The Labour Day ride into Canada with friends should be just right--

    Wish I had some suggestions re the possible logistical difficulties on the Cape Cod route but: I've never done anything half as cool! I think so long as you give yourself advance permission to bail if you decide it's too much . . .
    2717 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    fingers crossed!!!
    sounds like an awesome trip....
    all the best..........

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    2718 days ago
    I don't have any tips but love your pictures. I am excited for your big ride into Canada.
    2718 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    Another great and well-written blog!

    I'd suggest that you contact LAUROCHKA and read her last blog, she might be able to give you some tips: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
    She is a Scot Sparkmember who did a long bike tour... and in Scotland, I guess they know all about low temps and rain. emoticon
    2718 days ago
    air mattress suggested
    2718 days ago
    Wonderful pictures. I wish you great fun on your long adventure!
    2718 days ago
  • CATS_MEOW_0911
    Cool pictures. And the Cape Cod trip sounds amazing? Would you be able to charge your phone at coffee shops or restaurants? I suppose that may not be an option in remote areas, though...
    2718 days ago
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