Training and Planning
Yesterday was a nice second day of training. A good 10 mile ride on my borrowed Specialized Crosstail bike, a wee bit too large, but perfect none the less. I followed that up with a 30 minute session of Yoga that my body only moderately complained about. Working the muscles of my legs and the associated flexibility is a bit of a challenge. Nine and half months of paddling brings your upper body into great shape, but other than the plyometrics performed by your legs in a Kayak, they are largely not used. I guess carrying a boat up and down the beaches associated with 20 foot tidal swings counts as leg exercise, but clearly not the same thing as biking.
Today continues the search for a bike capable of carrying me across and around the country. My mileage estimation is close to 7000 miles, depending on the route back east. I am concerned that it will be so early in the spring that my preferred route, back through Glacier National Park, will still be snowed in and thus not passable. I need to obtain the ACA Northern Route maps and look at what options might exist for that time of year. Another possibility will be to find locals that are familiar with some snow & ice riding and still attempt to make it through the area. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be to travel through the park on the edge of winter and spring.