Working frantically on the schedule for the ride--hope to have it up yet this week. Lots of response from folks calling for a calendar and map, and they are right. I began to realize late yesterday this ride is likely going to be longer than I thought. Rather than 10-12k miles, I'm starting to think more like 15-20k miles. Yikes! That makes it like an occupy movement--as in--my butt is going to be "occupying" a lot of time in the saddle. Guess that's why so many people are making fun with descriptors like "Ironbutt" and "Monkeybutt" ride.
Anyway, I got the message. Schedule and map coming as quick as I can.
Not that it really is all that important to you, but my new stuff carriers for the bike showed up yesterday and should be installed today. I'm pretty jazzed and will post a picture as soon as they are on the bike. My wife took one look at them, scrunched up her nose and made some comment about "Now people will be calling it the ‘butt-ugly ride' for sure." I guess they aren't cute enough, but I assured her that "form follows function."
I do have to admit privately that I looked at the bags and then looked at the "list" of essential junk that's gotta go and... uhm... let's just say between you and me, I'm starting to wonder how I am going to cram it all in. Seriously! A couple months riding around the country while trying to be presentable and not smell like the southbound end of a northbound mule when I meet with people requires a fair amount of careful consideration, especially with limited stowage in the holds.
Did you notice the comments to yesterday's post announcing my ride? One of the predictable detractors posted what he thought was a derogatory "redneck" comment. I almost laughed when I read it. That association is like a badge of honor to me. Don't know about you, but my Daddy brought us up to listen and be nice to other people, do the right thing, love what this country stands for, and never to be ashamed to work for what you have. That is really what this ride is all about. Let's roll up our sleeves and "Git-er-done!"