I bought my airline tickets, and I feel like this is a big step forward in the commitment to actually do this. I also stopped by the bike shop for a box to pack the bike for the flight. They didn’t have one but asked me to check back next week.
I studied how to remove the pedals from the bike and it looks fairly easy, though I haven’t actually tried it.
Otherwise, I have gotten in a three good rides this week, one over 30 miles. There was a day when the winds died down but the heat is an issue. By noon it is so hot that it sucks all the energy out of me, and I was almost wishing for the winds to come back to help keep me cooler.
Yesterday we had a morning appointment so I didn’t ride. It was also the hottest day yet, reaching 99F after noon. Today the winds are howling. They were so strong they woke me up quite a few times during the night, so the thought of getting on the bike today wasn’t very appealing. They are supposed to die down over the next few days though, so we will see what tomorrow brings.
Preparations for the tour move forward. I still vacillate between being ready to go right now, and thinking I’ll never be well prepared or up to the trip. Everyone says the tour will train you so you shouldn’t worry beforehand. We shall see.
Someone seems to be reading this blog. Thank you, whomever you are. Hopefully it will get considerably more interesting after April 1st, my target date to leave.