Well, I’m in California, and on the cusp of starting something I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time…ride my bicycle across the United States. Except for some years in my twenties where I lost interest due to personal circumstances, I’ve been an avid cyclist since I was probably 12-13 (can’t say exactly, my memory doesn’t work so well these days). I think anyone who rides a bike more than just to get from his house to that of his playmates as a kid thinks about a cross-country journey once or twice at least. I know I have, and now at 52, hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish what for so long has seemed like a distant dream, something that I’d try to do “some day.” Well, today is THAT DAY!
Flew out yesterday after a half day at work. I had shipped my bike over a week ago via UPS, and although I know from the miracle of tracking numbers that it arrived exactly when it was supposed to, I harbored uneasy feelings that while the box and hard plastic case may have actually arrived, the contents were a completely crushed mass of carbon, aluminum, and punctured bubblewrap. So I have been very nervous this past week, that the new bike I built up over the Christmas holidays (Trek Madone 6.2/6.5 frameset, Campy Record components and Campy Eurus wheels) would be trashed, and I’d spend all day Saturday before the ride starts on Sunday scrambling around LA to buy another high-end bike in a hurry.
The past four months have been
spent bundling up against the cold, wind, and snow of the
After my 4-1/2 hour flight from
The ABB folks had a meeting scheduled at 3 that went on approximately four hours, where everyone introduced themselves and we went
over logistics and safety information. Of the 21 folks starting the trip, there are two from
The ABB staff is professional, and has done these trips a number of times, so they pretty much know where the pitfalls are. Still, the unpredictability of things like the weather and road conditions promises to make everyone a little nervous until hopefully we make it across.