"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

April 9, 2008

Bicycle Tour Preparations

Grr, I had a schedule all mapped out for training for my bicycle tour. Unfortunately, I've screwed up my sleep schedule which screws that up a little. I keep falling asleep around 10am and waking up around 10pm. Barely any time to get any riding in. It's still doable though.

I'm stopping by REI tomorrow to check to see if they have salespeople who know what they're talking about as far as touring bikes. Sometimes, they do. It's understandable when they don't. We're a fairly small market share compared to the commuters and racers. If I even mention bicycle touring to anybody around here, they blink incredulously at me and ask, "But, why?" My father told me I was insane for going as a solo female. I tend to snicker at people's warnings of danger so I just chuckled and shrugged.

Anyway, since REI revolves around camping, hiking, and other outdoors activities, I've had a better experience with them than I have with the bike shops. I'll probably buy a solo tent or bivy sack from them before I leave too. They seem easier to set up than my current one and it'll definitely be lighter. The sleeping bag I have now is probably fine. Too heavy but it's rated for three seasons. I highly doubt I'll be sleeping in winter-like conditions in June.

REI = The store that makes me wonder when in the world I switched from annoying hipster kid to wannabe mountain woman. (Actually, camping is just $50/night cheaper than a motel. Camping annoys me.)


Jillian said...

That sounds like fun, like something I might like...

... if I weren't allergic to nature!

How adventurous, though!

Gianna said...

sounds great...where are you going...how long of a tour?

rino said...

Good luck on your tour. It will not be easy but surely it will be a fun adventure. :)

FerdC ~ Crazy Medical Cases said...

Will you be able to blog or twitter from the road? That would be cool!

Berryvox said...

Jillian - If I see a snake anywhere near me, I might end up faking an allergy to nature!

Gianna - Whoops, I should have included a link to a past post. I'm doing Adventure Cycling's North Lakes route. It runs through Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It'll be about 1500 miles. If I do 50 miles/day, it should take me around 30 days. (plus a few rest days)

Rino - Thanks! Yup, it's one of those things I've always wanted to do. :)

Ferd - I should be able to. The maps from Adventure Cycling point out a bunch of public libraries along the way. I don't know if I'll be able to upload pictures though.