When I purchased my bike the expectations were limited to the functionality of getting me from the Atlantic to the Pacific. After today's ride I realized how perfect my panniers are for picking up a week's worth of groceries for myself. I stopped into Walmart on the way back and grabbed chicken for the George Foreman and tuna helper(the extents of my cooking abilities). Even with the panniers loaded with books there was still room for more; I can definitely envision doing this regularly after this whole trip is over. This is my little note to how cycling can make me a more environmentally responsible person. As for today's ride, it was a sample of how I'd like my days on tour to be. After class, I did almost 50 miles of random country roads. There were plenty of scenic views, small towns (I crossed three different main streets), and limited traffic. It also had the type of hills that will help get me ready for the big climbing days ahead. Today was a big confidence builder. I rode with the weight I'm expecting to carry across the country and I still have enough energy to not cut my day short. We'll see how my body responds tomorrow though. Either way I'm taking the day off as 8fest rolls into town an I'm anticipating an even better time than my first two years after looking at the local weather reports.
A nice plot of land somewhere between Trimble and Amesville here in SE Ohio.