Cycling a thousand miles begins with the first post

In about 2 weeks, I’m going to start cycling across Britain, from Land’s End to John O’Groats. More information about this route is available by clicking the “route” link on the right side of this website. A couple sentences ago, I used the words “start cycling.” I know I can do that. I have time away from work, the equipment, & the hope. But, I also have serious & sincere respect for cycling 1,000 miles with 4 full panniers. Hills hurt, a lot. I’ll describe my reasons later. For now, I’ll just mention Shackleton’s wonderful, successful, and possibly mythic, marketing slogan, “Men wanted: for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.”. If you like that quote, or even if you don’t, you’ll love the movie.

On to lighter topics, I chose the name of this website from a common comment I heard during some of my training rides. I cycle alone but always meet fun people. A few of them were interested in my cycle-camping, but different folks said the same thing “You’re cycle-touring on that bike?” as they pointed to my folding touring bike. Princess Lea said something very similar to Luke Skywalker & Han Solo, back when Star Wars wasn’t made for pre-schoolers. I’ll write more about my bike later. For now, I’ll just say I smile in response to the comment and say, “Yep.”

I’m writing in this website for a couple reasons. First, this is one of those lifetime events, so I want to record some thoughts, pictures, & hopefully, videos, for myself. It’ll give me something to ponder in retirement. And second, a few people have shown an interest in my trip, regardless of how far I go. I appreciate their interest & encouragement, so the least I can do is share some thoughts & pictures. Stop by later for more.