With just 2 weeks to go before my first day pedalling across Canada, I’ve found myself looking back at how I reached this point. I first started thinking about this trip during one of our regular holidays with family in Toronto, long before either of our lads had even taken their GCSE’s, and now Sam is in his 2nd year at university and Jacob starts at the same uni next year. (Taken in Toronto, Winter 2004)
They’ve both gone off and had great adventures of their own all over the world since then, whilst I’ve been plodding along, planning and scheming!
It’s amazing that, even after all this time, I still suddenly think of things that I haven’t done yet. You would have thought the list would be finalised by now, but no; it grows and it grows.
Then there are the items I need to buy. I’ve noticed that everything is costing about £8 at the moment, which could be worse I suppose. Earlier in the year the bills were much higher. Now it’s things like 10 metres of super-light nylon climber’s cord: £8, kevlar spoke repair kit: £8.99, waterproof bags for phone, passport etc: £6.99. There’s a saying that it takes as long to pack for a journey as you’ve got, and that’s been proving to be true in my case. I should apologise to my family for the ever growing pile of gear in our conservatory, which I reassure them will eventually be compressed into just 4 panniers and a handlebar bag. In fact it has to be!
And I should apologise to everyone I meet at the moment if I appear to be a bit distracted mid-conversation. It just means that I’ve suddenly remembered something else I need to do.
A special congratulations today to Louise Peck, Music Dept Administrator at Beechwood Park School and friend-of-the-blog, who successfully completed a 30-mile bike ride on Sunday, starting and finishing in St Albans, called the St Albans Rotary Charity Cycle Ride (quite a mouthful!). These events create a great atmosphere around sociable cycling, and are always very memorable for the participants. Plus there is sometimes a medal at the end! Chapeau Louise!