Today marks 100 days to go before we begin our 2,000 mile bicycle ride down the length of the USA’s west coast.
Milestone’s have a habit of altering the way you think about life, whether it be a birthday, anniversary, or a countdown to a brilliant bike ride.
Suddenly the trip seems very real. What started as a daydream and later became a far off adventure, is now very much a reality.
A sense of urgency has entered our planning, with those chores we put off to do ‘nearer the time’ needing to be done now.
And unexpectedly, a feeling of self preservation has appeared, most strongly felt when I (James) went ice skating, despite not being able to ice skate.
As the blades made their first cuts into the ice and my outstretched arms scrambled for the side rail, I suddenly felt a surge of panic.
What if I fall and break a leg, arm, face or other part of my body that meant I couldn’t ride my bike this summer? What would I tell Pierre?
“Sorry dude, but I’ve ruined our bike ride by trying ice skating a few months before the trip of a lifetime that we’ve been planning together for a year.”
And the other day, as Pierre weaved in and out of traffic on his motorbike, he too felt a moment of panic, released the throttle a little and rode the rest of the way home following the cars in front, rather than overtaking them.
So is ice skating a good idea? In general, for most people, yes, it’s a great thing to do. Is ice skating a good idea for a complete novice with 100 days to go before a bike ride from Canada to Mexico? Probably not.