Garrett (garote) wrote,
Garrett
garote

Dear friends

Tonight I'm in a city called Trinidad, on the eastern edge of Colorado. As most of you already know, tomorrow morning I am embarking on a 1600-mile bicycle trip, to a city called Elmira in the state of New York. I'll be on the road for about 33 days, and I hope to average about 50 miles of biking per day. This is pretty ambitious compared to my last big trip in 2009, when I rode 500 miles in 14 days (average 35 miles per day), but unlike 2009, I will not be climbing up into high desert and through a mountain range. Instead I'll be cruising down into the Great Plains and then zig-zagging my way through lots of farmland. Eaaasy stuff, right? Right! That's the spirit.

I expect the weather will be cold, and possibly rainy, but that's not going to stop me. I've got some new waterproof gear in my bike bags. I've also got lots and lots of audiobooks, if the endless rows of corn start to drive me nutty (or grainy).

You can follow my progress on a website I put together just for this trip, called http://pokingthingswithsticks.com . I intend to crosspost some of the content here on LJ, so if you don't feel like adding another damned RSS feed to your life you can just hang out here and you'll get the highlights anyway. I know we all have busy schedules. Well, me excepted. :)

Wish me luck! And, I'm sure I'll be calling some of you on the phone in the ensuing days, to proclaim things like, "I'm in a field!!!" or possibly, "I just saw a bunny rabbit!!", and other such important and vital things. I will also, of course, be reachable via blog and email and other internet buzzwords.
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