One of the blogs I’d read about a guy who’d done a cross-country trip was talking about the philosophy of planning out his trip. He said there were some who planned every single detail before they pedaled their first mile. At the other end of the spectrum are the folks who get up in the morning and take off without a specific goal in mind. This writer said he was somewhere in between.
I suppose I fall into that mind-set, too. The broad goal is getting from California to South Carolina. I’m giving myself two months to accomplish that goal. The details, I thought, will work themselves out.
Except, the devil really is in the details. Particularly when it comes to getting away from the West. There just aren’t a lot of towns / people / services out west. Nothing like the eastern half of the United States where you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a convenience store.
I needed to really nail down my route from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City. When I realized that, I figured, what the hell, might as well route the entire thing.
This list is more than a little scary. Particularly the middle of September. From September 10 through September 25 there are eight days that I need to ride more than 70 miles a day. From the 13th through the 18th there are three near-80 mile days I’ve got to accomplish. The last time I rode that many 80 mile days was six years ago in preparation for RAGBRAI 2008. And none of those rides were through mountains and deserts.
It’s not like I have a choice in destinations out west. If I don’t reach the destination town, I’m sleeping in the desert. There are no other places to stop between the town I’m leaving and the one I’m trying to get to.
Yeah. I’m a little concerned.