Twenty miles of my first day from the Dog Beach in San Diego will be on level, bike paths or bike friendly roads and through the dessert. The last seventeen miles will all be uphill to the little town of Alpine. That will be a start up a 4,000 foot climb. (Click on picture to see the uphill grade).
On the second day I'll have to continue to climb the mountain. After the climb I'll be on the expressway for awhile. Then I'll descent a bit into a high valley and into the town of Jucumba and an overnight at the Jacumba Motel. I have been looking forward to this unique motel for nearly a year now. It has a natural hot spring spa. After two days of climbing I know how good that spa will feel.
On the third day I'll make a twelve mile descent down the other side of the land mass into a fertile valley. Can you imagine a twelve mile descent after an evening spent soaking in a spa? Exciting!
I am about 90% recovered from my slipped disc and am now riding an hour a day. That is a long way from the required four hours but a good start. I am optimistic that for the two weeks before I ship the trike I will be able to ride for the four hours.
Today I went into a "Ride Preparedness Mode". Everything else will be put aside except for the anticipated ride. I do have a square dance to call this coming weekend. That took quite a bit of my time today writing the script, getting out my equipment and warming up for the event. I have to spend Friday afternoon with my leading couple going over the dances. Otherwise, I am accepting no other obligation until I leave on March 13th.
Incidently, March 13 is on a Friday. No, I am not superstitious. Just to be on the safe side, however, in my daily strength training, I'll turn three times to the left and hop back twice. Not that I'm superstitious, mind you.
Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, British Author:
Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them!