Sunday, July 1, 2012

Getting Ready for the Great Parks Bike Tour

Getting ready for our Great Parks Tour this summer which starts in Jasper, Alberta, Canada and ends in Jackson Hole, Montana, about six weeks of travel time overall. There will be 7 riders on this self-supported fully loaded bike tour. Five members will be traveling to Jasper via the train while Jay and I plan to fly to Edmonton and catch a bus to Jasper. We plan to cycle about 1,500 miles with a daily average of under 50 miles. Experience, as well as age, has taught us to keep the mileage down during our tours so we can enjoy our surroundings more completely, plus, there is plenty of time for rest days, about one every five days. Our route along the Canadian Rocky Mountains to Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park will be quite scenic so there's no need to rush. I plan to use my Bike Friday which is pictured below during a final test ride before it was taken apart and packed in boxes. My initial concerns will be that the bike and all the equipment arrives at our destination, and in good condition. You know airlines, the outcome is not a sure bet. During our trip last summer, my friend's luggage was missing for two days and only arrived just hours before our planned departure. Thus, I won't be at ease until I see my equipment in Edmonton. Wish us luck!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Herb ... U have my admiration. Who cares about London Olympics? Following your G P Bike Tour is the OLYMPICS! ... Patrick N