Let's Do It! (Part 2) -
The (Almost) Cross Country Bicycle Tour
On our 2nd day we already have traveling fans! The Woolridge's, Willcox, Arizona
Part 1 of this bicycle tour saw Roger and I pull into Willcox, Arizona (our first stop). We had hatched a plan to ride across most of the country, with little time to plan, a rider with a serious back issue, both of us with severe lack of money but with optimism for the miles ahead.
Roger Burke, somewhere in New Mexico
What I learned from the first day in the saddle:
1. Butt was not created to spend 7-10 hours on a narrow seat.
2. The kindness that ushered in our first day would be the single trademark that would bless us each and every day of our adventure.
3. Good company is golden.
4. No matter how tired, angry, hungry, ticked off, etc., scribble notes about each day in your journal. It really pays off 20+ years later!
5. A classic line from Rog's journal - "I hit the gorge point for lunch and ate furiously for about 35 minutes".
T or C New Mexico
Day 2 would be a good, good day but trying at times (my exact journal notes). While yesterday was a tough day for Rog, today would be my day of challenges. Low blood sugars would take their toll. There would be many adjustments to my new life on the road. The diabetes added a factor that made the trip more challenging, and at times more frustrating, but in the bigger picture, the diabetes was the reason for my journey.
I was riding, with diabetes, and largely for diabetes. Not as a fund raiser or for a sponsor, but for myself. This trip would be monumental for the life ahead of me.
Day 2 highlights from our journals.
* We seem to be the center of attention for any small town we roll into.
* Our 2nd day and we have our first border crossing into New Mexico.
* We are hit with monsoon action and headwinds. Welcome to life on the road.
The day ended with the road climbing near the New Mexico border. We pulled into Lordsburg, NM and expended some serious time that should have been earmarked for eating, to find a place to camp. As the coming days will prove, we rarely knew where we would be catching zzz's each day. We would see how the day went and aim for a good stopping point. Oh, the stories of what housing we would discover.