Saturday, June 11, 2005

The Farewell Tour

On our ride in Marin today, I was telling the women about my tour and called it the farewell tour. Of course, that just made me think of Cher (and her farewell tour every year for decades). I started giggling like a school girl and no one could figure out why.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Progress -- Getting a Bike to Tour

Okay, this is good. I'd decided I didn't want a Trek (even though I work at a Trek dealer), because the color is ugly. Stupid reason, but I've got to look at it, right? So, I'd done some research on the Adventure Cycling Association site and narrowed it down to the following:

I'm leaning toward the Ritchey. Will call them later today to place an order, I think. Then I can build it up however I want at Summit (where I work).

Next up, figuring out my route!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Journey Begins

Why do I always title my first blog entries "The Journey Begins?" Well this time it really is a journey. And in reality, it won't begin for a month or so, but it's something I've been thinking about for years.

In July, I'll return to NY. I'm going to do a bit of self-supported bicycle touring, join in on a week-long organized ride around the finger lakes, celebrate my 40th birthday, visit with some old friends (I haven't told them yet), visit my parents' graves, ride through my childhood, and say goodbye once and for all to a whole lotta past.

I've been thinking about this trip a lot lately -- probably because I need to figure it out soon so I can book my flights. I'll probably take two-three weeks (including the one-week tour) and want to visit Syracuse; Elmira; Sayre, PA; Mormon Lake; Rochester; maybe Buffalo; maybe the Thousand Islands. Wow! That's a lot of riding.

Things to do:
  1. Decide my route (in general).
  2. Book flights.
  3. Get a touring bike and equipment.
  4. Figure out my daily plans (specifically).
  5. Contact friends and family I want to visit.
  6. Finalize maps.
  7. Think about accomodations.
  8. Find internet cafes.
  9. Relax and enjoy the process.
  10. And I need a number ten, so I guess that would be continue preparing here in California for an incredible journey.

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