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Today is the day. In just a few moments time, we’ll be riding our fully-loaded bikes down the driveway, and up the mile-long hill just south of here. We spent yesterday shopping for a bit of food, and solving the puzzle of how to pack all our stuff into the myriad of bags on our bikes. Think Rubik’s Cube. I have to say, even though we have tried to be incredibly minimalistic in our gear selection, some might even say merciless in our packing (we deleted a number of items even yesterday), our bikes weigh a ton. Or, at least, it feels that way for me. Just as powerlifters get accustomed to the increased weight on a barbell, so I imagine we’ll get used to the increased weight on our bikes. It may take some time but it’ll happen.

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We’ve done our best to “color in” most of the trails and side roads around here. Of course, we didn’t have to contend with the weight of our fully-loaded bikes!

Our destination today is Fallbrook, approximately 70 km southwest of here. This ride will be, by far, the longest that we have tackled to date. We’re looking forward to it, but will be leaving our daughter’s home with mixed emotions, knowing full well that it’ll be some time before we’re able to see our family again. We do feel extremely fortunate that the stars lined up in a way to allow us to spend the last month here, and especially with our rapidly-growing grandkids.

As we head south into Mexico, full blog posts will almost certainly end up being a bit less frequent than they have in previous years, but I’ll do my best to update the site with photos, and an account of our journey. It may end up being a lot easier for us to use our iPhones to update our social media accounts though, so if you’re really interested, please make sure that you’re following our accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. See you on the other side!

11 Comments

  1. Best of luck in your travels.
    Enjoy the Baja – one of our favourite places in all of Mexico.
    Paul

  2. I think you will get used to the weight and the bike will feel normal very quickly but the energy expended is another matter entirely. But it’s not a race. Like a sailboat, the journey is the destination. Fair winds! I’ll be following you, one way or another. I wish you the best and if there is anything I can do for you, e-mail me.

  3. Safe cycling and we’ll follow along!

  4. Good Luck…Godspeed…Be safe.

  5. Best of luck on your adventure!! One day at a time! Looking forward to your updates!
    Jeff

  6. Wishing you both the very best in your new adventure!

  7. Hey Guys, Casper here. Still following you two. Enjoy; looking forward to see the pics. You guys should have a blast. Peddle long peddle hard but most of all peddle safe. I’m stoked for you guys.

  8. Any symbolism to you’re leaving on the first day of hurricane season? 🙂

    – jeff

  9. Congratulations on your new adventure. I hope your first day went well.

  10. Thanks for the support, everyone!

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