Just checked my email and had an awesome set of questions from 7th graders out of Mason City. Here are the answers.
Tim and I decided to ride our bikes because he’s had a life long goal of biking across the USA, one day he sporatically (I though it was a joke) asked me if I’d go with him. Two weeks later we have bikes and are leaving for San Diego. I’m always up for an adventure, so when it became real, I was pumped.
We’re averaging over 70 miles everyday. That’s between 4-5 hours of sitting on a bike seat. You ask if our muscles get sore….they sure do. We stretch every moment possible. In the morning there are times our muscles feel like they could cramp up, we drink ridiculous amounts of water everyday to keep them going strong.
We do carry a First Aid kit. Tim was certified as an emergency responder and made proper checks to ensure we had correct supplies. And WOW is it useful!! We’ve added duct tape to that kit, it’s one of the best inventions ever.
This question stumped me: “Has your trip met your expectations yet?” I try really hard not to set expectations for adventure, in the past that’s always set me up for a let down. Instead, I set goals of things I’d like to try, see or do.
That way, when we accomplish them it’s rewarding! For instance, one goal was to sleep in the middle of the desert and that was accomplished numerous times in AZ and NM. accompanied by LOTS of sand in our tent!
Foooooooooddddd! Because we’re biking for so many hours, we need to constantly be eating. It’s one of my favorite parts of this trip. One day for lunch we had tortillas, ham, cheese, apple sauce, beef jerky, chips, a pear and rootbeer! (a convenience store special!) We eat heaps of KIND granola bars, our bags are packed with them.
We carry atleast 3 pieces of fruit each day. We’re carrying Nutella, Peanut butter, honey, pretzels, tortillas as everyday staples. At dinner, we’re eating mac n cheese w tuna on our very small camping stove.
“What is the favorite thing you have seen so far?” To name a few: the Mexican border, the California Sand Dunes, orange trees, cotton fields, the desert, Apache National Forest, the Rio Grande, the Continental divide….the list goes on and on!
Funny you should ask about wild dogs. Today was the first encounter with a dog and luckily the dog had eaten a little too much lately and couldn’t keep speed. 14 days and we’re still in one piece!
“Can you tell us a little about the different people you have met” People are our favorite part about this trip. To be brief: we’ve met farmers, ranchers, US border patrol, Postal service workers, chefs, retired veterans, truck drivers, RV’rs, action sport enthusiasts, curious kids, fellow cyclists, nurses, mechanics, teachers, bankers, librarians, green thumbs, Spanish speakers, marathon runners, firefighters, students, artists, even a man walking across the country and many more amazing people. Every day we’re reminded how great the human race is. How unique each person can be and what it feels like to be welcomed by a total stranger. Each personal interaction resonates, making me more aware of my actions towards people. How kindness, can really change the world.
Think it’s awesome that you took your first backpacking trip last summer. Keep asking to go on more trips!!!