Blackburn

Jennifer Schofield
Pacific Coast
Raring To Go It is the final week before my trip and I am ready to be done with the planning, errands, logistics and details! What little time I'm spending on the bike is less about building endurance and more a reminder of why I'm doing all this work. If I can make a ridiculous analogy, I feel like a racehorse at the starting gate. (I'm pretty sure racehorses can go faster than my 10 mph average.)

I've had my bike fit, tuned, re-fit, adjusted, mapped the route, tested all the gear, swapped some things out, thought of and forgotten many little details. When I do finally get out for a ride, it is such a relief, a release to just be on my bike. And five or six hours of riding later, when I can still feel my fingertips and I think, yeah, I could actually wear these shoes for a few more hours, those are the sweet rewards for all that prep work.

The thing about planning is it's the only part of this trip that I can do with the dogs at my side, in the comfort of my own home. Is there a word for missing something before it's gone? I'm feeling a lot of that right now... and that help might explain how I'm getting in my own way with all the prep.

The best part of planning is wondering what lies ahead. Here are a few predictions:
- I'll see a major change in how much I swear... not sure if it will be more or less.
- Telling people about my trip will prompt them to tell me about their dream adventures. (This has happened a few times already; it's pretty awesome.)
- I will develop an extreme dislike of sunscreen in about a week. It's already brewing - sunscreen and sweat, yuck!
- I will consume astounding quantities of food! I will enjoy this thoroughly!
- The proverbial blood, sweat and tears will make an appearance. Although I may have already met the quota in the planning phase...

Looking forward to finding out if any of these come true!

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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? Have you traveled by bike in the past? Reading Bruce Weber’s New York Times posts about his 2011 cross-country bicycle trip rekindled my 20-year old dream of doing a long bike ride. Then I talked with several friends who have done long tours – both the PCH and Transamerica…and I started thinking, hey, if these guys can do this, I can too. I’ve done the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic a couple times – what’s a few more hundred miles?
  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? Have you traveled by bike in the past? Reading Bruce Weber’s New York Times posts about his 2011 cross-country bicycle trip rekindled my 20-year old dream of doing a long bike ride. Then I talked with several friends who have done long tours – both the PCH and Transamerica…and I started thinking, hey, if these guys can do this, I can too. I’ve done the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic a couple times – what’s a few more hundred miles?
  • What is your goal for the route? What do you hope to get out of this journey? I intend to ride from Port Angeles, WA to the US-Mexico border. I am hoping for adventure, time on the beautiful Pacific coast, a good tail wind and embracing life outside the cubicle! I’m looking forward to visiting the small towns along the coast and especially meeting new people along the way.

MY MUST HAVES

  • Magic Feather Because believing I can do it is what's going to get me there
  • My Journal Documenting the memories as I go
  • My Phone Staying connected with friends and family
  • Lip Balm A little bit of comfort that I carry with me on every long ride

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