Wow, we’re sure feeling the love! We have so many wonderful friends in our life! It has been a bittersweet week as we make our plans known at work and then more publicly on Facebook. It has been surprising and overwhelming to see so many encouraging words from dear friends! We’re blessed to have such a great circle of friends – we love you all and thank you for your support and encouragement!
So, nothing like telling everyone what your plans are! No backing out now! I want to remind everyone that we don’t know if we can do this thing! It has been a lifelong dream, but gosh, I hope we can do this! Even if we aren’t able to finish, please pray for a safe trip. Thank you.
For those of you who don’t know us, we have some experience with bicycle touring. We have done DALMAC (Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw – a wonderful tour of Michigan) every summer for the past 14 years. This will be the first one I’ve (Shawn) missed since we started doing it and Jim has only missed one. Last summer, we experienced RAGBRAI (the Register’s Annual Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) and had a riot! Iowa is definitely not flat, by the way!!! And we’ve done an unsupported ride across the upper peninsula of Michigan, also known as “God’s Country”. Oh and 2 years ago, I rode my “half-bike” from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Bemidji, Minnesota. So, we’ve done some bicycle touring, but no experience at all with mountains and that is what terrifies me most about this ride. Michigan is pretty darn flat compared with most of the rest of this continent. Hopefully this old body holds out (Jim is a warrior – I’m sure he’ll be fine!) and we can get me over the Rockies and the Cascades – and over the “hills” of Vermont and New Hampshire too!
Thanks again for all your kind sentiments!