27 miles on a 70° day with only 12 weeks remaining before I fly out to the East Coast.
It's all surreal and feels so soon!
My ride took me over rolling hills as well as a couple bigger climbs. One thing I enjoy is taking rest breaks without worrying that I'm losing time; I stopped at a convenience store to pick up a sports drink. Later on, I stopped at the co-op for a rest and towards the end, I lay on the sidewalk and snapped this picture.
My countdown is on.
There are so many things to do before I board the plane for the east coast, but I have such good energy with me right now. My departure is still so many weeks away, but I see the buds on the trees and the days are passing rather quickly at times.
At times I consider why I sit down and type out these thoughts, public for the world to read. Why? I'm not exactly a model of fitness right now, physically ready to ride many, many miles across the country. I haven't purchased a plane ticket or practiced changing a flat tire. My to-do list is long.
Basically, I'm a picture of someone that does not look ready to begin her adventure to Oregon.
With that said, there has been so much emotional preparation happening in my head and heart that I actually feel okay about my level of readiness.
Because for me, I see my challenge lying mostly with the mental strain of riding and the emotional pull to be back home in my comfort zone. Yes, my body will be physically stressed but if my head is in the right space, I believe I will overcome the physical challenges.
As I'm nearing my departure, I would like to reach out to my community for support. In May, I'll share the places you can send letters and care packages along my route, and I foresee finding much comfort in reading your words of support and encouragement.
And thank you for joining me on this journey! So much of what this ride is about is what's happening before I leave, so thank you.