I am delighted to report that in addition to my experienced crew captain Joani, I have now added Greg to my team, and yay I can ride! Whew. And OMG, now what? All week I have not allowed myself to get excited, because I was not sure I'd be able to ride. Now suddenly I'm going to do it, and I'm excited and scared and worried all at once.
Well first things first, make the [long] list of things I'll need to bring, read as much as possible, eat, drink, make a plan, and then... go for it! It is better to have loved and lost, then never to have loved... and infinitely better to have raced and dropped out, than never to have ridden. Although it might not feel that way on Saturday night.
So I start at 0700 on Saturday, checkpoint one is California City, checkpoint two is Trona, and by Saturday night I should be climbing the incredible Townes Pass into Death Valley. Check point three is - ta da - Furnace Creek, where I should be in the wee hours of Sunday morning. At that point I plan to sleep, get about 3-4 hours. Then it is up the Salsberry grade to Shoshone, checkpoint four, and then Baker checkpoint five. That should be mid-afternoon Sunday. Then the endless climb up to Kelso, checkpoint six, descend through the desert to Amboy, checkpoint seven, into the evening. And the final false flat to Twentynine Palms, and the finish, late late Sunday night aka early Monday.
Please keep your fXf!
See you Monday night, same blog channel :)