Friday, April 06, 2007

Learning as we go

The hills of the California Coastal Range are teaching us a few things about packing light and trusting the inherent goodness of people. It's been very tough to pedal our heavily laden bicycles up the steep inclines, but we've made it over some tall ones. We've been repeatedly delighted by the graciousness of strangers.

We're spending today reassessing our projected route, considering our behind projection progress of the days since we parted ways with our support vehicle in Arcata. We've decided to avoid Highway 1 entirely, because we've heard it is treacherous. We've also extended down to Santa Barbara, because we've met marvelous hosts there. The new route is posted (

Another goal is to reduce our load. It's challenging to let go of things we think we need, but after a few hills it will be easier. Heavy clothes for northern climes can go, as can paper copies of electronic documents. We wish we could compress our sleeping gear more, but we can't afford the really light equipment.

We also want to learn to leave earlier and ride more intently, so that we can spend more time with hosts. I suspect we'll get better at this as we go, but the children aren't likely to become disciplined cyclists soon. Perhaps the lesson is about planning and projection...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

well vernon, you're learning what i learned, leave earlier and have more time.
just reading this blog amkes me wish i was with you. we just had a meeting last night for b4p. mark nagel is helping this year along zach, kerri, al and lorna. i am going to get video from dave to make some youtube clips for promotion. we are going to write to adventure cycling again. i've posted some bikeforums. i will send you links so may comment on them if you wish.
i can't wait going. the arrival in d.c. this year will be so awesome converging you. maybe we shoul dtry to meet on the c&o before d.c.
that's a long ways away.
my hopes and prayers are you all!!
don't give up the hope of better tommorrow.

Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 4:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ron_bike4peace said...

i just created an account, so i'll blog often.

Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 4:17:00 PM PDT  
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Monday, April 9, 2007 at 12:09:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Strayer said...

Hey, you all are getting me inspired. I got my old bike fixed, although I do need to learn bike repair. And have committed so far, to no driving two days per week. Already feeling better, getting more exercise. Am also hoping to buy and eat primarily locally grown food.

Monday, April 9, 2007 at 10:08:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Rebecca with the waste vegi oil rv said...

Hi Vernon, Michele and girls, I hope all is going well with you. We brought the "dead weight" back home and unloaded much nessasary and unnessasarry stuff. Most of that being food that was brought to feed the people who came with us and bedding that few people thought to even bring (did you realize some very light wieght feather sleeping bags got sent back?). Most of those who came on this ride to begin with didn't go on after the "dead wieght" went back, appearantly that "dead wieght" was of value to those. Ben took Michele's stuff back to his house to deal with as he deems appropriate. I am hoping I didn't force you all into accepting the rv as a must for this ride, it was offered as support and a way for people to see that there is a way to alternativly fuel vehicals beyond biodiesel. You die hards seem to be doing great without it. I wont be imposing it on you again.

Yesterday I was able to enjoy a wonderful day in Eugene with the kids at the senators offices working off my community service. Keenan and Shay left notes for Ron Wyden. Making it a trip with several purposses I got Anna's stuff back to her and had a wonderful visit with her and Carrie. Also got to pick up what was left at Gordon's house during our wonderful first stop. I've been letting people know how the trip went for me and where you all are.
I've done my part in serving others and will continue to serve where I'm needed the most. For me that is thinking globally and acting locally. Peace, Rebecca

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 9:49:00 AM PDT  

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