Tomorrow is the day! I read somewhere that the hardest part of the tour is when you pedal away from your warm and comfortable home base. I am thinking about that right now as I left my tent for this warm and comfortable couch indoors. But, I think I am ready to go.
I am very happy to report that the sleeping arrangements are greatly improved. I exchanged my sleeping bag for one rated for 20 degrees and this made a huge difference. I have spent two nights in it, two warm and much more comfortable nights. I also got a set of thermal underwear which I think helps as well. Now I think my biggest challenge will be emerging into the chilly mornings. I may be on the bike at sunup just to keep warm!
Today I have a few small nonessential errands, and I plan to pack, a practice run of putting everything on the bike. The rest of the time I will be with my family and playing with the baby.
We have had some absolutely gorgeous weather here the last couple days, and there are spring flowers everywhere you look. I will leave you all for now with some photos I have snapped around town. After this I will be on the road but I will do my best to keep you all posted on my progress and experiences.