I was just reminded that after last year’s ride I insisted that I wouldn’t do it again. Not wanting to totally destroy my credibility, I insisted that I am not doing it again. The last 2 years I rode across the country, from coast to coast. I have now seen more of the central part of our country from the seat of a bike than I want to.
I am not doing that again. No, I am not riding coast to coast. This time I am riding from border to border. Well, sort of. To add a few miles, I am starting in Quebec City, Canada, which is roughly 275 miles north of our border. And I am ending in Key West, Florida, which is pretty much on our southern border because I can’t go any farther south without drowning. Hence, after this trip I will be able to claim, “Twice Across +,” this ride being the plus.
Greg C, one of our riding buddies when he isn’t holed up in Texas, just asked me why I am doing this third ride. The first, from Santa Monica to St. Augustine, was because riding across the country had been a long held dream. The second, Astoria to Portsmouth, was because I started feeling that I had taken the easy route the first time by avoiding the mountains of the Northern Route. (The fact that the Southern Route was sweltering didn’t ease my sense of guilt.) This time I am looking forward to seeing the scenery and small towns of our East Coast, while hoping that foul weather, bad roads, heat and humidity don’t make me regret my decision. There is also an element of wanting to show myself that age hasn’t yet made this impossible joined with the satisfaction of knowing that through your support this ride will help raise money that will help at least a few victims of breast cancer.
Being an avid Warriors fan for the last 5+ years I have read numerous articles about how this year’s championship season was the most difficult because the team had to deal with issues of fatigue, complacency and a “been there, done that” attitude. While I don’t equate my rides to championships – I am not racing, or even competing, and many people ride across the country – the parallel has nonetheless occurred to me. Having already ridden across the country, there won’t be the same excitement when finishing the ride as there was when Nick and I dipped our wheels into the Atlantic Ocean. And my regular visits to a physical therapist over the past few months, not to mention today’s MRI, suggests that my body has experienced a bit of fatigue from the past 2 summers. And having proven to myself that I could ride across the country, this time I won’t take the chances that I did the first time when I insisted on riding through temperatures that were far too hot to be safe. However, I trust that the goal of being able to change the “Twice Across” that is now on my bike to “Twice Across +” will be sufficient motivation to keep me pedaling.
I am set to fly to Quebec City on June 28 and expect to start the actual ride on July 2 after Alejandra and I have had a chance to enjoy some of that beautiful city. And yes, I did say Alejandra. Because she will be joining me for the THIRD TIME. Thank you, Ale.
And thank you to all of you who support this ride, both through your donations to help breast cancer victims and through following my posts and occasionally commenting on them or on the ride. All of that is definitely appreciated.