It’s 5 PM and this place is humming with last minute preparations. Steve has cleaned, lubed, and successfully dismantled his bike and has it carefully padded inside its case. The need for another large bag is apparent so we can get the 4 panniers and their accompanying racks to Oregon with us. The confounding factor in this is that we each get two pieces of luggage….2 X 2 is 4. Well, I’m the only one flying back so negotiating 4 bags (one of which is a large hard-shell bike case) could be a challenge. Steve’s hoping that my small piece of luggage and one of the bags he’s using for some of his gear will fit inside the bike case. Then I’ll have only 2!!!
The forecast for our destination in Oregon is 90 degrees today. But…by Sunday when he’s to begin the ride, the 70s and showers are in the forecast. Hmmmm….he may put his new rain gear to use right away.
Thanks for all the cool comments. We’ve also received a ton of emails today. It’s quite heart-warming. Love to you all! –Diane
Here we are only two days from taking off for Oregon. It seems crazy, but my “Things to Do” list seems to be getting longer rather than shorter! Steph’s ready to take command of the household and our geriatric kitty after receiving our “Household Management Guide” and a guided tour from me. Jeremy’s been busy creating this website and will be our communications contact for the summer. Two nights ago Steve had neatly organized all of his wordly possessions for the bike trip into piles that amazingly ended up fitting into his four panniers (saddlebags). The next two days will be a whirlwind as we tidy up essential paperwork, break down THE bike so it fits into a special carrying case, and somehow pack the panniers and their contents into a suitcase. While Steve is officially on his sabbatical, I have two more days with my preschool students this week and a couple of days packing up my classroom next week before my summer begins. Stay tuned!
So much for leaving town under the cover of darkness. Who knew that a little bike ride could cause so much interest? Obviously – not me! So, by popular demand, here is the website. Thanks Jeremy!
If you are here for the first time, I am embarking on a self-supported bike ride from Oregon to Virginia. It is the dream of a life time and I am looking forward to the bike ride, visiting friends and family, meeting new people, and seeing the country at 12 miles per hour.
Throughout the summer Diane and I will post electrifying tales, mesmerizing stories, and thrilling accounts of our glorious adventures. And all of that with photos. I’ll try to stay away from “Day 29, 74.5 miles, 11.5 mph, wind from the north,” unless you let me know you find that mesmerizing.
Thank you for all the interest, well-wishes, and prayers.