Asking What If adds weight to the bike
In an environment where people sometimes cut the labels off their clothing, saw their toothbrushes in half, and just so that they won’t have to carry it, choose to use leaves instead of toilet paper, all in the name of saving weight, the most dangerous question to ask is, “What if?” What if my brakes fail? What if we have a freak blizzard in July? What if bike thieves with portable grinders are lurking in the shadows? Without a doubt, some of those what-if things may very well occur, but unless you’re content to carry an extra 100 lbs. of weight up every mountain pass, sometimes you have to play the averages.
The longer we sit here, and the more we let our imaginations run wild, the more the what-if question has an opportunity to worm its way into our thinking. Virtually every single day we have kept an eye peeled for the postal truck to stop outside the driveway, ferrying packages to us from Amazon, REI, and small mom-and-pop manufactures. The top image shows what was included in yesterday’s delivery, and today will be another big day. Of course, it’s all stuff that we need (there is definite sarcasm intended there in case you missed it), but we’re nearing the end. Seriously, we are.
What if our phone cords break, as they always do? Rather than carrying spares, I preemptively wrapped the new ones that we have in shrink wrap tubing.
Additional what-if thoughts:
As much as this post is meant to be a cautionary tail of asking “What if” too much, there are definite benefits to sometimes posing the question, especially for sailors. Check out this post and its follow up for my thoughts on the subject.