Thursday, June 23, 2011

Getting ready for the next bike tour

We've decided to do another bike tour, but this time we're going to add a huge luxury item: a car. I'm calling it the Half and Half Tour. Each of us will ride daily while the non-rider drives the car. All the miles will be ridden by bicycle by one of us (no cheating either). Our initial goal is to leave from East Nicolaus and take the Western Express Transamerica bicycle route almost to Pueblo Colorado before turning north for Boulder to visit Mike and Nicole. After that we'll head generally north and west until late September or whenever Dick feels like it's time to return to the boat in Mexico.

This is our fifth bike tour so we think it's pretty easy to get ready and we only gave ourselves today to do it. Some of the benefits of having the car will be an ice chest, two stacks of books, more clothes, and the bigger laptop. One of the best features is not having to ride "loaded". The car carries the gear, the bicycle rider carries one lightly-filled saddlebag.

Here are a couple of things that I get to leave behind! Hair products and the blow dryer. Only the comb goes on the trip.

Leave all the earrings and rings at home, just the small silver hoops.

Tomorrow we're off. I'm so excited, I'm sure I won't sleep well tonight.

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