Well, maybe not.
It’s all about logistics at our house. We’ve been spending about a good amount of time amassing what we need for the journey as well as making sure our tandem is ready to roll. Just about everything is new on it, including seat posts, chain rings, chains and cables.
It has spent the winter at our friends Nancy and Michael’s house near San Diego. They have taken great care of it, but haven’t mentioned what the rent will be.
The funniest thing we have had to do is put our names on EVERYTHING we are bringing. When 40 or so people are having their laundry done at the same time, you have to label all of your clothing.
Aren’t they cute? We feel like we are back in summer camp. Technology has advanced, and you no longer have to iron-on your labels. They stick to your clothes with their own adhesive. At least we hope they stick.
We are doing a lot of camping on the trip, and the large duffel bags are full of sleeping bags and warm clothing.
Our tour guides, Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers, do the dirty work for us. They pitch (and provide) the tents and air mattresses. There’s a chef along to fill our tummies. They even do our laundry. We just have to ride and they take care of the rest. We could get used to this!
Here’s our trip by the numbers:
3000 Miles, the approximate distance from San Diego to St. Augustine
2500 Feet, altitude at Alpine, CA, where we climb to on Day 1 from sea level
200 Hours, about how long the trip will take at 15 MPH
110 Pounds, weight of our four suitcases
95 Miles, longest ride scheduled
61 Years, average age of the riders
52 Days, the length of the trip
45 Days, amount spent riding on the bike
40 Percent, time spent in Texas
25 Riders, total number on the trip
8 States, number visited on the trip
7 Days, time off to rest
4 Legs, propelling a tandem. How many horsepower is that?
3 Countries represented, making this an international trip
2 People, one bike
1 Year, time we have been training for this ride
Are we ready? We think so. We will find out Saturday at 9AM PST when we dip our rear wheel into the Pacific Ocean and start the climb to Alpine, CA. All we need for the rest of the ride is sunshine and tailwinds.
This is cool—see where we are right now (and how fast we are going if we are moving): http://tinyurl.com/rogerandeve
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