Today was a good day. First, there was a very successful shopping trip to the Sports Authority. I got a rain jacket that I am very happy with, a sleeping bag that is rated to 30 degrees, and a tarp to put over the tent for extra rain protection.
Then, I set out for Seattle on my bike for a test run. It has been rainy, cold, and uninviting but this afternoon it stopped raining, and later the skies cleared and it turned into a postcard kind of day. It was still chilly but my jacket kept me warm enough so unless I was speeding down some hills I felt OK. There were a lot more hills than I am used to on the route, and the round trip was 18 1/2 miles so I was very happily to come home feeling good and not tired. It is so easy to be lazy and sit on the couch, but when I got out there I remembered why I love to be on my bike, and I started really looking forward to my tour. Let me share some of the beautiful scenery I saw along the way.
I think I have the biking part handled. Now I just need to manage the off bike time, particularly the sleeping part. Tonight I will test out the new sleeping bag and I’ll also try my son-in-law’s sleeping mat which he has offered to loan me. At least part of the time want the independence of going where I want rather than finding hosts who will be waiting for me to show up, so hopefully I will be comfortable tonight even though the weather prediction is for a low of 39 degrees.
I’m very glad I have had this preparation time, and of course I have been loving this time with my family and that adorable baby! I have three more days here.