Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Packing up for Joshua Tree...

My bike is sitting in the livingroom pretty much loaded. Just going through the final checklist of what to bring and what to leave behind. All the S240s and 3 day tours generally make packing easier, but on longer trips there's always that nagging feeling of leaving something behind.

The weather looks good. No rain for a change. However it will have wild swings. Highs in the 80s and lows in the 30s, so the clothes and gear have to layer well.

I bought some groceries for the trip. Dried fruits. Hard cheese. Baguettes. Prosciutto. Coffee. Tea. We'll probably buy groceries for dinner as we roll near the campsites. Bringing a hatchet this time to chop up fire wood so we don't spend two hours trying to get giant logs lit.

Everything is almost packed and ready to go. This tense stillness before a trip is always so excruciating and wonderful at the same time. Looking at the bike with gear, you can almost feel the kinetic energy that is all stored up and waiting to be unleashed.

You can almost hear the bike whispering, "All you have to do is push me out the door and you'll never have to come back."

Don't know if I'll be able to update on the road, but I'll try if its possible. If not. I will when I get back! Till then.


MTBMaven said...

Be safe and have fun!

Tavis said...

I don't mean to be a jerk, but something has to be moving to have kinetic energy. You can feel the potential energy of your touring rig.

Jose said...

cheese, baguettes, proscuitto, fruit. can't go wrong with those provisions! ride safely. -- J.

Alex said...

do you have a cooler?