As I prepare for this summer’s adventure a number of questions have been raised, some by others excited about the ride and other thoughts brought on by wandering thoughts as I train on my new Norco bike. The following link I found on the web and may provide some answers. Or perhaps raises more questions. http://www.biketouring.net/rides/xcountry/faq.html
I do not think a week goes by that someone asks me about the ride, my preparation and often I hear the “What an awesome adventure, I wish I could ride with you.” For many reasons some cannot take the time or commit to ninety days of pedaling. But for the committed riders we must reflect on the great privilege and adventure that we will soon be a part of. I am certainly thankful for the opportunity and perhaps a little nervous about the physical challenge, wondering how my fund raising will go but knowing this journey is “far beyond what I can think or imagine” and the Lord will empower.
I am upping my ride frequency and mileage as the weather in Washington improves and the days get longer. My personal goal is daily 30 mile rides before or after work with a longer weekend ride about the time of the switch to Pacific Daylight Time. (Sunday March 12, 2017) I am focusing on really riding through the discomfort you experience in the legs and of course your seat. Cushioned bike shorts help a lot as did the seat switch out from my old bike which had a softer seat. Our 61 miles per day average is between 4-5 hours of riding a day. Break for lunch and a nap and it seems very doable.
101 days and counting down.