Saturday, April 07, 2007

The twilight zone...

When I stepped out the door this morning at 7 am to leave for the Tour Dallas ride, I was sure that I had stepped back in time to a winter month. April in Texas is more than just a spring month - it's usually the beginning of that long stretch of hot weather that reaches into October. But not today. Monday reached 90, but today's temperatures barely got about freezing. As we hit mile 10 of the ride, there were even snow flurries falling! Some friends of mine were at Six Flags (an event planned long ago to celebrate Jono's 22nd birthday) and said the snow there was a little more than flurrying. Nothing accumulated (as per usual in Dallas), yet it was definitely a strange event for EASTER WEEKEND!
After one of the coldest rides of my life, I went home and crawled back under the covers to catch up on some reading. Then I headed back out for the second part of Jono's party - the Rangers game. I heard someone say that tonight's game was the coldest on record at the ballpark in Arlington, and I don't doubt it. Ironically, we were able to beat the snot out of the Red Sox, who should be used to temperatures such as this even if we are not.
Cold as it was, today was a good day. Got a good ride in and had fun hanging out with the friends. If only I didn't have so much work to do in the next two weeks...

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The planning of the epic roadtrip continues...

Here's the plan so far for the drive to Portland at the end of May (click here to see the map)...
  • Depart early in the morning of Tuesday May 29
  • Drive to Santa Fe; spend the night there.
  • Get up early and drive to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Camp there Wednesday May 30
  • Get up early again and drive to Cody, WY. See the Buffalo Bill Museum. Either camp there or stay in a motel the night of Thursday May 31
  • Get up early yet again and stake out a camping site in Yellowstone. Spend the day of Friday June 1 exploring the park then camp there that night.
  • Get up early again and explore the park some more, moving to Grand Teton NP in the afternoon. In the evening, drive to Idaho Falls and spend the night Saturday June 2 there.
  • Get up early (do I really need to keep saying that) and drive to Baker City, OR. Spend the day and night of Sunday June 3 there.
  • Be in Portland around noon on MONDAY JUNE 4

Wow. That's a lot of driving. 2,42o mi for Frodo according to Google Maps.

Training update...

So here's the scoop...
I AM TWO-THIRDS OF THE WAY TO THE FUNDRAISING MINIMUM!!! A week into fundraising, I've raised $200 already. Wow! Thanks to those who have donate thus far. If you haven't yet, it's super-easy ... just click on the link on the previous post or send a check made out to the National MS Society to me.
As far as training goes, I'm feeling pretty good. I did another 27 miles on Sunday, this time all hills. It was brutal, but I felt good afterwards. Apart from the general feeling of tiredness, no problems. My training buddies are having a little bit more difficulty. Renee's first day back to the world of cycling after a 5 month hiadus was the Sunday ride and I don't think it agreed with her. If only she would join Iris and I on our 6 am rides on Tuesday and Thursday. Hehehe. Iris also hit a bit of a snag this week - she ended up tearing a muscle in her leg and is now having to go through physical therapy for the next two weeks! Oh no! But no worries - she'll be back up soon, in plenty of time for the longer training runs.
This Saturday, we're doing the Tour Dallas, which is 30 miles through downtown to see all the sites. Bradley is joining us, so if Iris' leg isn't better and Renee is still having problems, I won't be alone.
After that, there's the weekly Sunday rides with the Mad Ducks in Grapevine, then on the 21st there's "Cruisin' de Hood" in Granbury (county seat of Hood County - get it), which is 63 miles. The Saturday after that, it's the Muenster GermanFest - another 63 mile ride. The Saturday after that is the MS150! Yikes, it's getting close.
I think I can, I think I can...