Pre-Ride Vancouver to Mexico
One week ago I went back to the doctor who had sent me to physical therapy for my knee back in March. The knee had recently developed a clicking when ascending steps and my paranoid mind had started to play with me. What if it didn’t hold up? What if the pain came back? What if I destroyed the joint and the knee exploded while I’m climbing Grant’s Pass and the knee shrapnel takes out some endangered Oregon fauna? My doctor looked at the knee, listened to the clicking, and told me without any hesitation, “go do your ride.” With that my overactive imagination was laid to rest.
The anticipation has built to almost an unbearable point. I found out I’d been selected to be a Ranger at the end of February and now it’s the end of August. That’s 26 weeks of thinking and prepping and double checking things to make sure I’m ready to go on the biggest adventure of my life thus far. That’s months and months of answering the same questions over and over again as your family and friends want to know what you’re getting up to. The next time I do this, I definitely want to share the plans with folks much closer to the departure date.
All that time hasn’t been wasted though. I’ve really been able to dial in my ride. The folks at WTB helped me out by letting me try a few different saddles till I found the perfect one. SRAM hooked me up with a cassette that allows a greater range of gears (and easier climbs). Listening to feedback from other Rangers and John Watson at The Radavist, I decided to switch to flat pedals, allowing a little more range of motion for my troublesome knee. I’ve even stolen some ideas for favorite pieces of touring clothing, like the perfect lightweight long sleeve shirt that Tommy Hurl Everstone swears by. All of these little bits of information from these great riders that have gone before me have allowed me to really dial in my setup.
So the time has come to disengage from the planning and the second guessing and just get on with it. It’s time to get out there. It’s time to pedal, dammit.
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