Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Connections

Good news is I've connected with Terri K., Jim C. and Ashley R. Ashely (in Rochester) has a new job and an interesting work schedule (M-T 10 hour days), so I want to arrange my trip so I can visit on a weekend. More tweaking to do......but progress all around.

Now, I just have to break it to my boss at the bike shop that I'll be away for three weeks.....

Leavin on a Jet Plane

No one can accuse me of being a commitment-phobe now! I just booked my flights. I guess it's real now. I fly into Syracuse on Monday, July 18th and return on Monday, August 8th. Whew! And in all the time I was fiddling with possible flights, I realized I might be able to reverse my week (start by riding to Elmira and finish with my trip elsewhere in the state) and make the trip work a little more smoothly. Okay, but now I've got buyer's remorse (in less than 5 minutes) and realize if I moved the trip back a few days it might work even better. Sheesh!

Monday, June 13, 2005

A third Option

Okay, what if I don't go to Phoenix first? Based on weekday vs weekends, maybe I want to fly into Syracuse on a weekday, visit my friends at Stage and spend the first night in Syracuse. Then I could ride directly to Fair Haven.....and stop in Phoenix on my last night before returning to California:


Another Route Option

Okay, I can't settle with my first whack at a route, so here's another option:

Nope, that won't work (too many days -- it's just too far to ride to the western end of the state and back in a week. What if I look at front-ending my entire two weeks of independent touring before the bon ton roulet?


Reconnecting with Friends, GPS, routes

Well, since I need to plan my route ASAP, I decided I needed to start by re-connecting with friends and family in NY and determining who I wanted to see and where I would go.

Next, I need to determine when I want to arrive and how many days I'll have before my anchor -- and organized ride called the Bon Ton Roulet. That ride begins on July 24th. I was just glancing at their website, and they offer some interesting options. One is called Camp-Telling, and for $200 they'll set up your tent, provide an airmatress and camp chair, coffee, and cell phone change. I think they also offer these services a la carte. Something to consider.

Okay, so here's my super-initial itinerary (all miles are car miles from yahoo maps):

Well, that's 21 days. But, I'm missing the entire western end of my trip (Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Jamestown). Maybe I need to rethink it a bit. And there's no days off (although there are some easy days).

Guess I'll think about it a bit more tomorrow.

On the GPS front, I sent an email out to the Velo Girls group (900+ women) and got two offers so far to borrow GPS units and I also think I found racks and panniers. Cool!


More Technology

Okay, so I was reading mtn bike mag last night and saw reviews for bike-mounted GPS systems. It hadn't occured to me that this would be a smart option. I just can't rationalize the expense, so I'm going to see if I could borrow one or pick up a used one.

Here are the recommendations:
  1. Garmin Forerunner 301
  2. Magellan Explorist 600
  3. M10 168RS
  4. Suunto X9

On the riding front, I feel positive. Did about 25 miles on Saturday with two climbs, 45 miles yesterday, and my recovery ride (11 miles) this morning. Had some challenges yesterday -- can't tell if it's dehydration or glygocen deficiency. My flexibility sucks right now so I need to do some very focused stretching every day (maybe Bikram?). Oh, and I'm not sure the saddle on my new Trek Madone 5.9SL makes me feel good. I've lost so much core strength and leg strength that it could contribute to a sore butt.


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