During the last few months I’ve read hundreds of journals of bicycle tours across the USA and quite a few in other countries. I’m an early riser and oft I fill my early morning hours reading these journals. The past two mornings I read the adventures of the Fast America…the 2011 edition by America By Bicycle touring organization. The riders in this tour are way out of my league, traveling 3600 miles in 31 days. That’s more than a century a day minus a couple of rest days. My plans are more like 90 days of lollygagging around seeing the sites, meeting people and writing about the people I meet along the way. I’ll bet these sadistic people beat their thumbs with hammers each morning before they leave to take their minds off the pain they suffer during the day while riding back to back to back 100 mile days.
I picture myself more as a Bob Phillips the Texas Country Reporter on a comfy recumbent trike. When the camera is on, Bob Phillips is so laid back. Two guys I have always admired and wished I had a gig like theirs is Bob Phillips and Norm Abram of The New Yankee Workshop. Of course I don’t know what their real lives are like, but to watch them on TV I would think these guys are living their dream. Think anyone wants to pay me to ride a bike, sleep in a tent and smile all the time like I like it. I will.
Just remember, if you want to sponsor this tour, I’m a fair weather rider. I don’t like cold weather and I really don’t like cold wet weather. I consider anything under 50 cold and anything under 70 cold if it’s raining. I’ve read of others having a mild winter this year where they live. East Texas fits into that category, we’ve had a very mild winter. Seldom have we had freezing nights and most days top out in the 50’s and 60’s for highs and even a few scattered days in the 70’s. I know it’s still only February and there is still plenty of time for bad weather to come.
I ride most days except for today. Today it is raining and under 70. So I’ll call it a rest day. Sometimes in the winter I have to have several rest days in a row while I wait for milder weather. I looked at the weather report this morning to see if it was going to stop raining early enough to go for a ride today, but it looks like it will rain all day. But tomorrow is another day as the forecast is for sunny skies and 60 degrees. In fact it says 60’s and 70’s for the next 10 days. That’s the way I planned it, rest day today and ride for the next 10 days.
I hope it’s good where you are today, if not, call it a rest day and go back to bed.