Well, here it is Saturday afternoon, July 5th, at about 3:00 PM. One week from right now, I had better be very close to heading over the Columbia River on the Lewis and Clark Bridge entering Oregon on the Seattle to Portland ride.
Yep, after signing up in January, it is finally here! So today, before the rain started, it was time to get the hands dirty a bit!
First off, it was time to find my cycling camelback. It holds a liter of water, but is very small and easy to ride with. I only use it on rides where there isn’t any places to get water (such as going up Chinook Pass) or on the STP where skipping food stops can gain me valuable time. Since I only have 16 hours to go 206 miles, every minute can count.
Especially on the STP. The first 2 or 3 stops are NUTS. They are mobbed with people, long lines for everything, I just prefer to keep going. I carry enough food and water to not stop until the 50 mile point or so.
Luckily I was smart and drained it completely after the Chinook Pass ride last year, so this didn’t take long at all. It is now drying in the kitchen. I did have to toss a package of petrified ShotBloks though. I am pretty sure they were at least 4 years old, if not older. Even I wasn’t ready to risk eating those.
Then it was time to start working on the bike!
I broke out the chain wash, brushes and lube to get all the grit and grime of the chain and cassette, and then get it ready to go! I used to HATE doing this. I either had to hook up the bike rack and hang the bike there, or try to do while leaning the bike against something. This years REI dividend purchase of a bike repair stand has done wonders!
Finally I had to clean some grime and dirt I hadn’t noticed on the frame. OK, I guess I didn’t HAVE to, but since I will be riding with 9999 of my best friends next week, I thought I oughta look good.
It was time to break out the Cat’s Tongue wipes!
I can not begin to tell you how much I like these. They cut right through grit and grime, and they a rough like the name sakes tongue allowing you to scrub if need be. Better yet, it cleaned off my hands as well! Last thing I want to do is get great black paw prints on Michelle’s favorite white towels!
Finally, I got the trunk bag set: Two inner tubes, patch kit, plenty of CO2 cylinders, band aids (remember 2 weeks ago?), tire irons, multi-tool and small roll of duct tape. I hate being out there in the middle of nowhere and not having what I need.
All that’s left is to check the air pressure on Thursday or Friday, grab some shotbloks, thank Michelle profusely when she makes my road snacks and back the bag for that night and the trip to the coast. OH, and attach the numbers
I will have a beer and food when I get to Portland, sleep HARD, and then spend 3 days being able to look at this
Yep, it’s going to be a great ride and mini-vacation! I’ll keep y’all posted!
Like the wind!!