Cycling the Erie Canal – One week to departure

Started packing tonight.  Seems like there is too much stuff going with me … and there is.  Sigh.  Isn’t that the way it always is in life – we try to over prepare instead of trusting in God.  Nevertheless, I think I still need to carry deodorant, even though it is heavy 🙂

This past week, I’ve been riding by myself because my daughter was visiting her grandparents in Colorado.  It has been a really nice week.  I’ve logged a bunch of miles, too.  I’ve been riding my circa 1990 Trek 420 road bike.  Even at 20 years old, it’s a sweet ride!  Well under 20 lbs., and fast.  Makes me remember why I used to love riding so much.

In some ways, it seems like we’ve been preparing for this trip for a long time, but on the other hand, this summer has flown by.  Looking back, I’ve had a great time getting ready for this ride.  My daughter has changed even over the last few months as she is getting more and more mature.  I’ve truly enjoyed spending this time with her.  Getting her up in the morning … well, that’s another story.  I’ve decided that she has the gift of tongues since I usually can’t understand what she’s saying when I first wake her up.

We leave on Saturday to go up to New York in preparation for the ride.  We will have about 4 more days of training once we arrive.  Then, it’s the real thing.  We will begin next Thursday (July 22) at the western most edge of the Erie canal where it meets the Niagara river.  Watch for pictures and more blog entries soon.


– Dc. Matt