Today I rode about 40 of the 80 miles we had a goal to do, and the bearings on my crank went out. The crank is the whole pedal assemble, and because that is where all the pressure is applied to make the bicycle go the bearings are pretty substantial. The slop in the pedals got to be so much that the chain would come off the sprocket. The nice thing about having a support vehicle along is I called Tom on his cell phone and asked if he would pick me up. He had already parked the motorhome and was off on a ride, but said he would go back to the RV and come pick me up. He took off riding when he got me, and I drove the motorhome to Swanson’s house, where we are staying tonight, just out of Coeur d’ Alene, and here I sit in a lawn chair in the shade writing this blog, waiting for them to get home.
Thinking about riding the TransAmerica bicycle route unsupported, and possibly by myself if no one else wants to do it with me. I would fly to the East coast to begin, and start at Yorktown, Virginia and finish at Newport, Oregon. I think that a bag with some spare bearings, extra spokes, tires, tubes, extra brake and shifter cables, and a variety of screws would weigh about 5 lbs and would be weight worth carrying. That trip would be about 4,000 miles and would take about 80 days to do. I think I would start April 10th and finish June 30th. A trip that long, and being unsupported would require a lot of planning, which is my favorite part of these trips. If I do it next year I only have 10 months to plan so I am thinking that it would be better to wait until the following year to do it.
Tom and I are heading home in the motorhome tomorrow morning, about 500 miles driving, and Cliff and Kathy are going to finish on their bikes. It will be good to get home, and get some things scratched off of my to do list before I head up to Alaska fishing, in 9 days.
I have been thinking a lot while riding about what I want to do in the next 10 years. When I think back 10 years ago about what I was doing I realize how short that time really is. In 10 more years I will be 80 years old, and I may or may not have energy, health, or even a sound mind. I have written out the beginnings of 10 new B-Hags, “big, hairy, audacious goals” in regards to ministry accomplishments, and I will work at filling them out in the next several months.