Get your cycling shorts ready. We’re going on a bike ride from SEAttle, WA to KEY West, FL this summer. I hope you’re more prepared than I am!
I plan on leaving June 13 from Anacortes, WA which is about 80 miles north of Seattle. I just like the Sea2Key thing so I say starting from Seattle.
I don’t really have a set time to finish but I am guessing that it will take somewhere around 10 weeks to finish this 4,800 mile trek. My only important timing is to be in my hometown of Bristol, SD on July 9. The Bristol High All-School Reunion is July 10 and I will be there. Hopefully no one has to do a recon mission to pick me up somewhere short of there!
My bike was assembled and functional last Friday. I tried to assemble myself but I required a little (OK…lots) of help. Fortunately I had ordered the bike through Courtney Spratt and bikesdirect.com. They have a shop about 10 miles from me and they finished the assembly for me and ensured that everything was operating. Much thanks to Courtney and her staff in Jax Beach.
I’ve just been riding around our neighborhood. Pedaled 9 miles/day on consecutive days and my butt survived so I’m feeling good. I only have to do that 8 times a day with about 25 lbs of saddle bags added on going over and down mountains while trying to avoid traffic. Piece of cake!
I’m planning to do a couple 40 mile rides on a busy road to get used to being near traffic. I’ve got a good helmet and I will have a rear view mirror attached to it. Don’t worry, Mom!
As you can imagine, I’ve still got a bit of preparing to do but wanted to make sure you’re all ready to roll!