ROM - February 2020
Transcon Prep - Tarheel Style
Since my 20's, I have dreamed of a transcon bike trip.  I have decided that 2020 is the year.  I am planning to spend the months of April and May on a mostly solo cross-country trip from California back to Boston.  To supplement winter training, I took my bike south to visit my daughter in North Carolina and begin the serious part of getting ready.

While I had ridden in the Carolinas before, this was my first bike trip to the Raleigh area.  The riding was amazing -- miles and miles of rolling terrain through isolated countryside.  The roads are in excellent shape, and I never experienced the annoying New England problem of suddenly finding myself on a dirt road.  The cars -- amazingly polite and consistently give cyclists a very wide berth.  I felt embarrassed when the mailman stopped to check on me as I was pulled over at the side of the road "Thanks, I'm fine, just needed to take a leak :)"

After logging 300+ miles in six days, I concluded there is no such thing as a bad road or bad ride in the countryside north and west of Raleigh.  And while it is a going to be a step up to the planned 100 mile days for the transcon, I am going to make it work.  I learned what a Tar Heel is.  And the difference between Carolina Blue and Duke Blue.  My daughter gave me a tangible reminder just to make sure that I wasn't a D**k.  Closed the trip with day of business in NYC, and took a ride share bike on a tour of Central Park.  Life imitates Zwift!

Six weeks to get ready -- training, bike prep, packing lists.  Lots to do.  More to come.

Previous Rides of the Month
I'm now a Carolina Dad :)
Har River, Chicken Bridge
Rooster crosses road b/c hens are on the other side
Valentine's Day celebrated differently in NC!
Goats had their own VD plans!
Don't be a Duke Fan!
Citi Bike perfect steed for Central Park tour!