Tomorrow’s the day. Finally! I hate to think of it as wishing the summer away, but I have been looking forward to our Trans-Superior Cycling Tour all summer long, and now it’s here. So how do I feel?
Ready – I’ve done the training. We’ll see if it’s enough, but I’m confident I can handle the 500 miles of the trip. I suspect my bottom will be more sore than my legs. Our bikes are tuned up and we’re prepared for basic repairs, but hoping we won’t need those skills much.
Excited – I can’t wait to be outdoors, do the cycling, meet people, see things along the way and stop for ice cream or coffee – depending on the weather. And it’s vacation after all. It may not be everyone’s dream vacation, but to us it’s a great adventure.
Anxious – Weather probably holds the greatest unknown for me. Now that the heat has broken, it looks like we will have chilly mornings, comfortable days and cool evenings. Did I pack the right layers to be warm enough? This is beginning to feel like the night before a marathon. Only it’s a lot harder to predict 9 days than 4 hours.
Practical – I think I can take pride in my packing. We’re talking bare bones – two sets of cycling clothes on the “wear one, wash one” plan. Little in the way of civilian clothes. And my iPad, of course. I still have excess room in my panniers. How did that happen? The trick will be not to fill them up before our departure.
Curious – What will it really be like, cycling all day every day for 8 of the 9 days? Will it really be “500 Miles of Love” as it says on our shirts? Time will tell. Starting tomorrow.