Thursday, June 19, 2008

Here's my two week notice!

Reality is setting in. I'm about to pack up and hit the road for 20+days. The longest I've been from home has only been 7 days...and that was in the same shelter with all amenities you could hope for. This is ~25 days of 25 different shelters, mostly probably primitive camping. I don't think I really know what I'm getting myself into, but I'm pretty stoked right now.

I plan to get more detail of the bike, gear and luggage that I'm taking with me, but alot of that is still coming in and I'm sure there will be a few last minute items that I will need. So, I'm saving the details for closer to blast-off date when I have all that I will be taking with me.

For now, I've been on Google Earth, MapSource, Excel and the Internet, going thru the planned motions mentally and writing them down. Like, where will I get oil this day, where will I camp this day, how many miles do I think I can do this day, etc... I'm trying to get a good timeline of events, but damn, after 10 days, who knows what's going to happpen? I could have bike problems one day and that could throw me back a day. I could have a sore ass, and not feel like riding that day. Who knows? It's kind of silly planning beyond a week, but I guess it's neccessary and now is the best time to mark any campgrounds and gas/water locations rather than doing that on the road. I guess the further west I plan, the more locations I'll have to map, b/c there's no telling where I'll be.

Anyway, I'm pretty stoked about the ride now. Before, my laziness had taken over and I'll admit that I was thinking that this may not be the best idea. But that has passed. It had to pass. Why? Because I really have no other choice. I realize that I could be walking (riding) into a ball of fire or the into greatest adventure I've ever undertaken. I could get some bad weather, bad luck with the bike and this thing could turn into a nightmare, or this thing could turn into great weather, no problems and wonderful sights.

There's really no telling at this point. But, one thing is for sure, I'll be ready to rock come July 4th, what happens after that is very unknown...

More details to follow...

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