Winding down to vacation

For some reason, we just didn’t have much in our legs this morning.  It may have been the longish walk we took after supper last night…I’m not sure.   Or, now that I think about it, maybe it’s staying darker longer.  I know in years past that’s slowed us down a little, but it could just be that we were tired.   I know my back and hip was hurting when I got out of bed this morning (desperately need a new matress!).  We ended up with a 17.0 mph average speed.

We leave for Michigan after work a week from tonight.  We’ll just have to trust that as a team we’re ready for a weeklong trip of 425 miles.  I know I can do it, but I’m not by myself on a single this time.  Life has conspired to keep us from racking up a lot of big mileage tandem rides to this point so I’m concerned about the need to pull down several 50-60 mile days in a row.  We’ll probably handle it just fine, but I worry just the same because I want riding to be fun for Pam.

Here’s the plan for getting ready to go (yup…I’ve got a plan for everything.  It comes from laying awake at night).  This weekend we’ve got time for a breakfast ride Saturday morning before Pam needs to be someplace mid-morning.  After that, I’ll thoroughly clean and lube the bike.  Also on tap for the weekend will be to get our camping bag packed.  I’m also hoping we can squeeze in a 20-25 mile ride on Sunday afternoon after church before I need to be back there for a 3:00 meeting.

After we ride on Tuesday, we’ll wash all the cycling clothes and get them packed.  Wednesday evening, we’ll finish packing and attempt to load the tandem and our gear in the back of the Prius.  It may be a stretch, but by taking both wheels and the rear rack off, it may barely fit if we hold our tongues just right when we’re trying to load it.  If it doesn’t, we’ll go to plan B and just drive the truck.  Pam really wants to take the Prius…it’s not only more comfortable for the 14 hour ride to Mackinaw City, but it will cost us 1/2 as much to drive as the truck.

We’re really looking forward to this trip.  We’ve never been to that area of the country before, and it looks like this ride takes us to a lot of neat and unique places.  We do, however, have one big concern….Pam’s mom has been in the hospital for nearly a month now.  She nearly died three times, and is only one step down from the ICU, but appears to be on the road to something of a recovery (or at least stabilization).  It was only last night that we finally decided that we were out of the woods and were as safe as we were going to be to go.  Still, there’s always that nagging thought in the back of your mind about what happens if something should happen when we’re a couple of days into this trip and we need to get back quickly.  I guess we’ll just cross our fingers and pray that we don’t have to deal with that.

One final thought…. I started this blog for my own personal edification and enjoyment, but now that its getting some traffic (like wow!  6-8 hits a day), I’m curious about who’s finding me.  If you see this, please do me an honor and drop me a comment letting me know what led you here.  I know a lot of folks are coming from the Oklahoma Freewheel site, but I’m curious what other things are leading you to me.

God bless…


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One Comment on “Winding down to vacation”

  1. Ron Says:

    Nice blog, nice read, nice ride. Tracy and Pam, you are the best.

    Best regards, Ron, Stellie,Cary and Paul

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