It's so nice to have some pictures of us riding together! Thanks to Ashby for taking these.
28 February 2010
I just read the weather forecast for the next few days and it looks like we have another snowstorm coming. It rarely snows here in NC but that's not the case this year.
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27 February 2010
Today was Ashby's first time pulling his Burley. The guys were trying to figure out where to put the flag. :)
We all had LOTS to talk about all day. Great ideas were exchanged and after the ride we had a yummy dinner. Ken made Grilled Tofurkey and Not-Cheese Sammiches. 40/30/30 of course!
We rode 35 miles today - Ken with (we think) about 60-70 lbs in the BOB2. He figured out before we left today that BOB2's tire was only about half full yesterday! That was actually reassuring since he didn't have any trouble pulling it. Ashby came from Garner to ride with us and was very pleased to learn that he CAN ride for a long time, up big hills, without his Bionix. We really enjoyed his company. He's the first person to ever join Ken and I on one of our longer rides.
We thought Simon might object to having another triker with us, but he seemed really comfortable with Ashby. This was taken on one of our breaks. He was getting sleepy in the sun.
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26 February 2010
Yesterday Ken cleaned the trikes and lubed the chains and got BOB2 all loaded and ready for his first ride. Our next trip will be a fully loaded one up and down the biggest hills near us. I predict we will come home and see what we can do without so we can lighten our load. We're not getting carried away with that, though, like one person we read about who actually drilled out the handle of his toothbrush (wow), but we are going to be really streamlined and efficient. We are fighting with ourselves about what clothes to bring since we didn't find any eco-responsible sponsors to outfit us. Patagonia stuff would have been great but our thrift shop finds will also do.
My dad told me yesterday that when he is running the world, that one of the first things he will do is create a law that states, "NO MORE CLOTHES WILL BE MADE FOR 2 YEARS." He and I agree that the world is FULL of piles of clothes and that it is our demand for more, more, more that creates those piles. In an effort to support our planet we wanted to wear nothing but organic clothes for this ride but it didn't take us long to figure out we can't afford them, and that paying that much would NOT make us part of the solution. So, when you see us, you can rest assured our entire outfits, head to toe, came from our local thrift shops (we love you Haven) and cost about $10. No more new clothes, Dad!
Posted by Jen at 5:52 AM
25 February 2010
I peeked out the window just now and was quite relieved to see NO SNOW. When we got home from Cary yesterday evening it sure looked like it was going to snow, and a few people had expressed their concern about us riding in it. I would have to say the cold weather is our biggest concern at this point. We have warm clothes and great sleeping bags but the thought of not being able to come home and get out of the cold is more than a bit unsettling. The tent will by cozy, I am sure, but what about getting OUT of the tent early in the mornings, or in the middle of the night if nature calls? It makes me cry a little to think about that.
Yesterday's shopping went great! We were able to get BOB2 for $60 cheaper than the normal price and we got some lights to put on BOB1 and BOB2 so we can be seen if we get caught out at night. We also got some really great headlamps that will serve as headlights at night and will allow us to set up camp with our hands free. They also have a red light on them which will keep our night vision working better and they have a strobe feature on them for emergencies, or for raves. :)
After we left R.E.I. we spent the afternoon stuffing envelopes in Raleigh. Yep, stuffing envelopes. lol We volunteered at the Sierra Club and helped get some VERY important information out to our fellow members. We also met some terrific people and enjoyed so much talking to them with our mouths full of Trader Joe's dark chocolate hearts truffles. YUM!
Our BOBs look like this:
Posted by Jen at 6:27 AM
24 February 2010
Today we are going to Cary to get more supplies, as well as a second BOB Trailer. Thank goodness they have one there at the R.E.I. because we ran out of time to order one from TerraTrike! Thanks for the donations that came in just in time!!! This weekend, weather permitting, we will be camping at San-Lee, a short dry run to help us figure some things out. I really hope it stays warm.
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23 February 2010
Anyone out there know some good, portable but healthy food we can bring with us? Easy to make stuff like Instant Steel Cut Oats, or Instant Organic Potatoes? Or drink mixes we can add to the water in our Camelbacks? If you know of some good products, let us know! Thanks!
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22 February 2010
Our third day in a row riding, today we went 46 miles. It was a great confidence builder because our legs (and brains) felt really good! We were starting to feel it a bit towards the end but still not bad at all considering how many miles we've gone the last few days. Perhaps the most exciting part of today, though, was that we took the route we will be taking when we start The Just Be-Causes TerraTrike Tour! Giddy and talkative we imagined what it will feel like when we are taking off on our big journey. We leave in 39 days, possibly less if Donate Life America is going to have an event for us in Richmond, VA on April 3rd. There is talk of it, but no confirmation yet. If that is confirmed, we have just 21 days until we leave! HOLY CRAP!
Posted by Jen at 6:05 AM
We've had some terrible weather in the Midwest and along the East Coast lately. My parents who are currently in South Padre Island Texas sent this picture to remind us that South Texas is also getting it's fair share of devastating weather. This photo shows the excessive damage caused to a home from a storm that passed through their area yesterday morning. It should remind us all not to take life for granted:
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20 February 2010
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19 February 2010
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I was very drawn to these old buildings. It was apparent that they had been neglected for some time, and as we rode by them, I became very aware of the way nature was slowly taking over and reclaiming what we had borrowed and left behind.
These vines reminded me of telephone wires. I used to work for AT&T, though, so maybe that's why? lol
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