We’ve on the cusp of another cycling tour, but first we have more important things to attend to. Right now we’re on baby watch. Our daughter, Karen, is due to have a baby boy on April 1, which given her past track record could mean any time now. Gathering up our cycling gear, packing our panniers, and pouring over maps have taken a back seat. Instead, I’ve been baking cookies, preparing freezer meals and wrapping kiddy presents in readiness for my upcoming Grammy duties.
Once the newly-expanded family gets back on its feet in its new 6-member configuration, Rich and I will head to Texas for a month of warm spring cycling. In a nod to our previous swing through that state three years ago, we’re calling this one the Two Timing Texas Cycling Tour. Just like last time, we will set off from my brother Bill’s house in Granbury. And like before, we expect to enjoy plenty of warm weather while Duluth suffers through mud season.
Although we’ll revisit a couple of favorite spots like the Davey Crockett National Forest and the Hill Country (hoping to catch the bluebonnets in bloom again), for the most part we will explore new territory. The route looks firm on paper but in fact is quite malleable. In general, we expect to cover about 1,000 miles in the month of April.
It feels like a long time since we last bike toured, when in fact it was only last July. I’m primed and ready to start pushing the pedals again. Almost. First I need a fix of that new baby smell.