I’m starting to amass some new stuff for my bike trip. Two new Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires to replace the two I’ve been riding for a year and nearly 5,000 miles. (The old ones are still usable but won’t survive a long tour.)
A new Ottolock will replace my heavy U-lock. I’ll be mostly in rural areas so this should provide ample security. It’s a combination lock so I don’t have to worry about losing my key.
Spray on sunscreen for the ever growing solar panel on the top of my head.
And a pile of Adventure Cycling maps to keep me from getting lost.
I’ve also bought new Koolstop brake pads for my front and back wheels.
I’m going to buy a water filter and maybe a merino wool t-shirt before I leave.
About five or six weeks to lift off. Stay tuned.
Today was a recovery day. My legs and back were sore from yesterday’s 38 mile ride. I suppose I should be used to this. Event rides in cities are a lot harder than the mileage indicates. They are filled with starts and stops and short hills.
Goslings Take Over DC
So today I rode Big Nellie to work. It was warm in the morning then downright hot on the way home. About a mile from work at the Memorial Bridge the trail was covered in goslings. They didn’t seem to care that I was there and neither did the attending adults.
They had the decency to get out of my way.
Just the Thing for a Mapaholic
When I got home, I jumped in the car to fetch Little Nellie from the bike shop. The folks at Spokes Etc. turned around a cable and housing replacement in 24 hours instead of the promised 48 hours. Well done. Now Little Nellie shifts freely again.
While I was waiting for the mechanic to ring me up, I noticed this on the counter.
No, not the electric bike demo. The new Fairfax County Bike map! Back in the winter I went to the Fairfax County Transportation Department offices to help with this project. The planners had set up a roomful of long tables. The tables were covered with draft versions of the map. Area cyclists like me were asked to annotate the maps. Mostly we looked for errors and wrote comments about bikeability.
I should confess here that I am a total mapaholic. So this map makes me very excited. (I know. Get a life, dude.)
I haven’t had a chance to look at it in detail but my cursory examination says FDOT did a great job on this. Congratulations.
Finally, there is some bad news to report. I have been complaining all spring that there has been a dearth of ducklings this year. I was really jealous when I saw a friend’s Facebook pictures of ducklings in the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial. Well, I am sorry to say that they are probably all dead. A parasite has taken up residence there and it kills ducklings. The pool is being drained this week.