The decision to do the 2017 Bike the US for MS northern tier was a tough one. Instead of spending my 2016 summer on the bike, I spent the summer in a sling and then physical therapy after surgery to fix the collarbone. Life doesn’t always go as planned.
Dan also paid the price as he was my caretaker for the summer and was unable to do as he had planned for the time I was to be away. Now we have a second summer where I will be off riding and he will be doing his thing. Its like we’ve had to put life on hold for a year as we were hoping to do traveling together in 2017. Life doesn’t always go as planned.
Cycling has started slow. First few times were just around the local airport (flattest area around here). A bit boring going in circles but got to where I felt confident enough to ride out on the road again. Since then, rides have included going out on Hwy 120 to Rim of the World and also from Moccasin to Jamestown and back (before the Marshes Fire).
Living in a forest can be beautiful but living in a wild fire area has its disadvantages. This year Marshes Fire started a couple weeks ago and is still burning near Moccasin. Air quality isn’t good for going outside to work out. Highway 49 has restrictions – one way following a pilot vehicle to get through. Then, not far from that another fire has begun. It affects the other way out of town and is also near Moccasin but on the other side of the Tuolumne River. These are my training areas. Life doesn’t always go as planned.
So, even though life doesn’t always go as planned, I am planning another summer to ride across the US by bicycle on the northern tier which will take me places I’ve never been before, I will meet new people, and I will have new experiences.