Today, we started in South Weber, UT and after spending the better part of the day meandering on the Legacy Parkway and Jordan River Trails, we’re writing this blog entry from a campground just outside Salt Lake City. Among other things, this means 99.9% of the tour is complete! We’re grateful we arrived safely. Were also thankful we met so many very wonderful people on the ride. When we started, that was a goal – to meet people. We sure did! We have to say although we stayed with only seven Warmshowers hosts we were overwhelmed by the generosity, kindness, hospitality and friendship extended to us. It re-affirmed our belief that most people are just darn nice.
As far as the nuts and bolts of the ride go, overall, we rate the road experience as something we’d do again at the drop of a hat. And, there are few things that won’t make their way into our panniers again (extra t-shirts, the dress, extra socks and the crappy old camera…..) We DID like and use the new additions of the Kindle (Thanks Meg!) and the PowerTrip solar charger.
A final thought about the ride after arriving at our destination – cycle touring is everything we want it to be: fun, challenging, rewarding, exciting, empowering, good for the mind, body and soul… and sooo do-able.
We’ll be attending the USANA International Convention Awards night on Thursday and we’ll be receiving one of fifteen “Champions for Change awards” We’re pleased to be recognized for fulfilling our dream to cycle to the convention and at the same time raising funds for the USANA True Health Foundation’s Sanoviv Medical Assistance Program. We also hope our journey will inspire others to love life and live it to its fullest in happiness and health. Many thanks to everyone for supporting us and the True Health Foundation along the way!
Here are some random cycling thoughts and fleeting nuggets of wisdom from the ride:
Never take route advice from someone who doesn’t ride a bike.
Never underestimate the value of shade.
Eat well and often… lots of veggies when you can… and take your vitamins.
Stay away from foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Try to wash out the clothes you wore… every day.
Learn to control your assumptions. They can lead you down the garden path.
Stay away from Jackaninnies.
Be open to lost souls you meet. He or she could be you one day.
Really, you can never really carry too much water… really.
Its not about the destination… it IS about the journey.
Don’t worry if you can’t find a place to sleep. You can sleep tomorrow.
Check your tire pressures if you feel low on energy. (Or, it could be a lousy night’s sleep)
Its OK to be wet, just not cold and wet.
Limit exposure to the sun. You’re not much good medium rare.
Wear your helmet at all times. Think of your head as a watermelon and imagine it landing on the road.
Wash your water bottles often. The alternative may lead to circumstances beyond your control.
If provided, use bear boxes to store not only food but smelly stuff like toothpaste and shampoo. The alternative may lead to circumstances beyond your control.
Acknowledge the opportunity to chat with people. A quick “hello” could lead to a really good home cooked meal.
Dont always ride down Main Street. Consider the next road back.
Take time to stop and smell the posies.
If you can smell rain, it’s on the way.
Attach your tent to the earth so it wont blow away.
You can tell the crest of the summit is near when you start to feel wind in your face.
Avoid riding in tall grass – two reasons – a) thorns can pop a tire in a jiffy. b) ticks are just waiting to get a ride home with you.
If your chain squeaks, oil it.
Have patience at the bottom of a long hill. Slowly settle in for the long climb.
Always pedal easy. Don’t push hard. That’s what gears are for. If in doubt, listen to your knees – let them be the judge.
Enjoy the ride… every second of every minute of every hour….