Cycling Along The Way...

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Silver City, NM, United States
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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mapping the Ride

I picked up maps at AAA while we were in Albuquerque, where Eileen got to play her fiddle with some friends and others who are excellent musicians.  While looking at the AAA maps, Google Maps and Map My Ride, I have now realized that, when I get to the border of Kentucky and Virginia, the cycling will be tough....going over the Appalachians into Virginia.  Short, but STEEP, climbs...found some gaps to go through but cannot avoid the climbing.  Back East, when they built the roads, they believed they were following the directions of God, so they went straight UP.  No, switchbacks weren't allowed because God told them to go STRAIGHT UP.  While the climbs here are long and can be hard, they are not as steep as back East.  Hopefully, by the time I get there, I will be strong enough to handle the climbs.  There should be some cyclists there who can direct me over the easier climbs, if anything like that exists there.

Haven't figured out an approximate on mileage yet, but will be doing that soon with Google Maps and Map My Ride.  Map My Ride also gives me an elevation profile that helps me plan a day's ride.

While in Albuquerque, I picked up some food items to take with me for those times when I may not be near someplace to eat, which shouldn't be often, but having the food helps.  Quick oats, quick rice, dehydrated refried black beans, and dehydrated hummus.  Good stuff to eat and easy to fix.  It's funny when I talk to people about the ride, they seem to think that, once I'm out of the Silver City area, there won't be places to eat or buy food at.  Sort of like the rest of the U.S. is different than around here...or wherever one is situated.  What I remember from previous rides is that every place has a store or a diner.  That's where I met the locals, who wondered why this crazy cyclist is riding across country...!!

Feeling stronger on the bike these days.  Still working on distance and climbs....and adding distance.

Enough for today...now, for your listening enjoyment...kevin Burke on fiddle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QseqNeUN2mQ