“Once upon a time in a far-off kingdom there lay a small village at the edge of a wood…”
Here I am, about to start an epic self-supported bicycle adventure. San Diego California to St. Augustine Florida. It will take 67 days. There will be 9 riders in total, none of whom I have met. The trip is organized by the Adventure Cycling Association. They run trips like this all over the country. They have an extensive catalog of routes from fully supported to self-supported, short duration to extended duration. This trip, the so-called “Southern Tier” across the United States is one of their most popular. The trip always begins in September to provide the best chance of friendly weather across the entire route.
I’m a bit anxious. I’ve only done a moderate amount of riding in preparation for this. I have been hiking in the Sierras this last week, so at least I haven’t been sitting around. I originally envisioned doing this journey solo, but never having done anything like this before, I decided that it would be better to go with others - at least the first time.
I hope this turns out well. I’ve brought my iPad along to keep a journal. I’m actually quite excited about the prospect of writing each day and recording the days events and impressions. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It should be a blast.
Besides… “I’m a great admirer of my own writing.” - Snoopy
Tomorrow the adventure begins!