Two More Training Days
I got in a nice core workout by doing a 16 mile paddle and then got in two more days of riding, 14 miles each. The weather has been spectacular and that has really helped to get out and train. My attempts at 'self taught' Yoga are continuing and I am optimistic that I will eventually get it. This morning was an early ride, and I caught a cool image of my front wheel on my Salsa Fargo spinning along as well as the early morning construction crews were busy at developing more un-devleloped land. Just what we need in the middle of a terrible recession, more torn down forest land to build homes that no one can afford to buy. I really don't understand, but lest, I digress.
The Fargo is working out awesome, really everything that I had hoped. I now have two donors for a drive train, everything except a bottom pull front derailluer (anyone??). I am inclined to just stick with the bars that came with the bike even though I really want to run those sexy Salsa Woodchipper's. However, unless I find a few more sponsors, the bars that came with the bike are it. I will try and find a used pair of bar end shifters to throw on, as I don't think there is really enough room for the donated XTR shifter pods on the One Mary bars.
Lastly, I need to replace the rear wheel and possibly the front. The tires are Schwalbe Big Apple tires, and I so love them. Big, fat and comfy, they roll amazingly well on both the road and some rough dirt trails. Great tires, so I am good to go there. I would love to pick up a pair of the Spinergy Xcyclone Disc wheels, so I am on the lookout for a pair that could make the trip. I think that 7,000 miles on wheels like the Spinergy's would be an awesome statement. I have heard amazing things about their lightness, speed, and overall durability, all very important to me. Given that I will be staying in North America, I am not overly concerned about the use of such 'alternative' wheels & spoke technology.
As for carrying all of my gear, I am totally committed to going ultra-light no matter what means I use to actually store the gear. At this point my overall preference is to go with a Bike-Packing style using a combination of frame bag, seat bag, front bar bag, and then two new products from Salsa. First the ultra-light front rack would be used to carry my camera gear and then two Anything Cages and one Minimalist Rack up front. This would allow me with enough storage for my kit, plus 3 days worth of food, my estimated resupply load for this trip.
The second option for storage is to go with a B.O.B trailer. I think it would be awesome to use one of these as they have a multitude of benefits, not the least of which is getting all my kit into a centralized spot. However, their is something really intriguing and 'Wabi Sabi' about being able to go with an ultra-light kit and have it all on the bike and not have it look like I have panniers full of everything including the 'kitchen sink'. I will make my final decision on that in the next week or two as I get to the final stages of preparation.
I plan to eat the same way as I do on my long distance kayaking (5,000 miles and counting), so I don't expect their to be too much difference in diet. One possible exception is on the snack front, since a higher heart rate from biking is likely to cause a greater expenditure of energy during the day. My three main meals should not change at all (Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Pasta/Quinoa), as the core meal components. I also should not have to carry anywhere near as much water, thus allowing me to use one of my 8 liter dromedary bags for my main water storage.
Up next is to collect the rest of the donated parts and make the big switches, and then train, train, train.