Down to single digit days now. Pretzel and I took advantage of our last day to sleep in…then started the packing.
Here is the packing list….or at least most of it……
- 2 tshirts
- 1 long sleeve tshirt
- 2 pair of jeans
- underwear and socks for 3 days
- swimsuit (hot tub at the end of this journey IS going to happen)
- leather chaps
- mesh riding jacket
- rain gear
- motorcycle boots
- pocket belt in lieu of wallet and purse
- duffle bag for the bike
- Note: pajamas are not included because I will be wearing those on the plane. Yep…I’m going to be THAT passenger
All of the heavy, large, or awkward stuff is what I’ll actually be wearing the entire trip….just needed to pack it for the plane to Utah. I will NOT be trying to wear leather chaps, an armored jacket, and monster boots through security and on a plane.
Whiskey was not a fan of the packing. I think she was trying to blend in so I would pack her, too.
In the end, with the change to a larger suitcase, it did all fit. All that is left are the little things I need until departure; like my toothbrush. What is still left, also, are the daily goodies to keep us going. Nic has very specific dietary needs, so this is what we will be picking up for person-fuel:
- Mixed nuts
- Jerky (only Matador….but that’s a taste preference)
- Trail Mix
- Sliced turkey and chicken
- Hard boiled eggs
I can’t believe that there are less than 48 hours until this adventure kicks off. I have a combination of feelings about all of this…..excitement, nervousness, silliness, happiness, and gratitude. I’m overwhelmed with the feeling of seizing life…..when there is something you want, you go and find a way to make it happen. Except for free baggage on airplanes, apparently….
Don’t forget to get your pledges listed, and donations submitted to www.teamteve.com.
OK….no photo with this update……but I just realized that at this time next week I will be on a plane to meet up with Jawbreaker (my pops) so we can start this crazy quest!!
I can’t believe I am actually going to get on a bike (ok….TRIKE) and attempt going coast to coast in 50 hours. If we are successful, we will achieve the following certs:
- Saddle Sore: 1000 miles in 24 hours
- Bun Burner: 1500 miles in 36 hours
- 50cc: coast to coast in 50 hours
Oh. My. Lord.
My theory is that the published page 50CC map will update as we get on this trip with our current location. Take a look over on the left side of this page…..down the menu……find Pages. There it is! 50CC route map. I have signed up this trip with Spotwalla, which will ping for our location every 15 minutes or so and place a pin on the map. There’s going to be a LOT of pins.
Just in case the page is not working…..you can look us up direct!
The trip starts on the 4th when I fly down to Utah…..so it’s going to look really boring right now. However, if you go to the link I just provided, I believe you can leave messages! Neat, right? Messages get attached to the pins…..then I can check them each night. Or at least each night that I am not totally exhausted.
Plenty of time and space for more donations! List your pledge per mile…..our goal is 2,334 miles in 50 hours, and a pledge of $0.10 per mile we complete in those 50 hours makes a huge difference….even if we only make it 1,000 miles! Make your pledge here, or make your donation at www.teamteve.com.
The easy part: Booking the flight. And, thanks to good people, finding a dog/house sitter.
The harder part: paying for all the gear I had to replace. This will be detailed in the “my attempt to pack” post coming soon….
The crappy part:
In March I discovered I had a partially torn Achilles tendon. I spent March in a boot – this boot – so that I could heal and be ready for this ride. Two nights ago all the things around my ankle and heel started feeling “wrong” all over again. So I am back in the boot and will see a specialist in a couple of days and find out REALLY what’s going on.
This does NOT stop the ride! The backup plan is that I will end up riding with Nic rather than on my own. While this would mean that I would not get the ride certification, it will mean that we might end up with pictures along the way. WIN!
There is a backup plan for the ride….which is not ideal but totally OK. There is not, however, a backup plan for teaching my MixxedFit classes. I can’t “sort of” teach. This is tremendously frustrating…..for over a month one of my closest friends has been covering for me at the personal cost of teaching and extra 4 hours a week (that means teaching EVERY day for several hours now) and missing her kids because she doesn’t get home until 10 EVERY night. This ankle owes her!
So….got Nic’s bike ready for the ride. New tires, fluids and oil changed, new brakes. Luckily the Thunderbird has the same attitude!
And just to be clear….Triumph of Seattle is fantastic and gets a LOT of our money 🙂
Don’t forget to make a donation…. Our ride is helping bring visibility to Alpha1 and raise funds for our friend Steve….he needs a double lung transplant. We are shooting for 2,334 miles…..pledge per mile that we complete and make your donation at www.teamteve.com
Next prep coming up…..
Coming up in only a matter of days is our 50cc challenge ride. We have 50 hours to make it from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast. Riding May 7-9. PHEW! I’m exhausted (and a little terrified) just thinking about it!
This ride has started off as an amazing experience with my dad that I refused to let pass me by. He’s my best bud, and been my coach for all things dangerous, exciting, and life-altering (there is a whole separate post coming about that). One thing that my pops doesn’t shy away from is helping others. If there is an inkling that someone needs help, he’s all over it! So when I discovered that my friends husband needs a lung transplant, I was not going to sit idly by…..
Steve Bailey is a dedicated husband, father, and mentor. Four years ago he was diagnosed with Alpha1 which is a genetic disease that causes a deficiency in a particular protein that protects the lungs from all the bad stuff out in the world. In the four years since diagnosis, Steve has gone from 100% lung capacity to about 33% capacity….and he’s only holding at that high because of the injections he gets regularly. Stem cell therapy does not work on Alpha1, and so Steve is facing a double lung transplant. DOUBLE!
Steve has been an avid biker nearly his whole life, and instilled in his kids a love of two wheels! The financial burden facing this family is enormous: surgery, lost income, and medication for the rest of forever. So what better way to help this guy out, than putting our miles to work for him…
Here are your options…..all easy!
- Pledge per mile that we complete in 50 hours. Our goal is 2,338 miles in that short little bit of time. Pledge any amount per mile that you want, list it below, and then complete your donation at www.teamteve.com Even $0.01 per mile is terrific and adds up!
- Straight up make a donation. go to www.teamteve.com and drop some pennies in the jar.
- Donate $50 or more before May 1st, and get a bottle of sand from both coasts collected on our journey!
- Donate $100 or more before May 1st, and get on the RIDE LIST to complete our trek home as a giant Bailey-loving motorcycle group. We’ll be coming home on the 13th or so of May, and this will be the info on hooking up for the last bit of the ride to Pleasant Grove. Estimated 200 miles – with meet up locations on the way.
I’ll be riding with my #TeamTeve flag waving….all 2,338 miles down and lots more miles home!