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The Night Before

June 6, 2010

Janelle and I flew to St. Louis to meet up with Jenny on June 2. Since then the three of us have been running around getting last minute bits of equipment – it’s amazing how much stuff you have to buy in order to have the smallest amount of stuff. At long last, we have cobbled together everything we need and are ready to put the rubber to the road!

We are each equipped with a back rack, two back panniers (saddle bags) which will hold most of our things. Janelle has a heavy-duty handlebar bag for her Hasselblad camera with which she will be taking magical pictures of our journey. Jenny and I have frame bags for things we want to be easily accessible (which pretty much means we will be using our frame bags almost entirely for snacks). Sleeping bags, pads and tent will be strapped on top of our racks or in between our handlebars. When all is said and done, we are each carrying about 25 lbs. I am tempted to gloat that our bikes don’t feel too heavy, but I’ll get back to you on that once we’ve ridden a few hundred miles.

In addition to many, more necessary pieces of gear, we are bringing a set of double-dutch ropes, embroidery thread, scrabble letters, and face paints. So when we run out of food and water we will at least be prepared to throw a birthday party for an eight year old girl. We are also bringing a long list of addresses of friends and family so that we can send gifts and cards that we find and make!

We are excited and hopeful, and ready, after months of preparation, to see what we can see. Wish us luck!

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. lee permalink
    June 6, 2010 10:52 pm

    have fun, J’s! i am looking forward to hearing about EVERYTHING.

  2. Tim Jones permalink
    June 7, 2010 4:30 am

    Have a great time on your bike adventure. I’m sure this will be a memorable trip filled with funny stories. Be careful on the road, and I hope you don’t meet any mean people.

  3. Molly permalink
    June 7, 2010 4:44 am

    Good luck girls! I’m jealous!!

    • Molly permalink
      June 9, 2010 7:36 am

      Hope you are having a great time!!!

  4. jenny's mama permalink
    June 7, 2010 7:18 am

    Let the fun begin!!! Good luck on your first day – hugs + kisses all!

  5. Brieann Rowley permalink
    June 7, 2010 7:25 am

    Have fun and be safe! We’ll miss you Jenny!

  6. Amy Caldwell permalink
    June 7, 2010 8:05 am

    You should take before and after pictures of your quads!

  7. Jennifer permalink
    June 7, 2010 10:06 am

    Yeah girlies! So fabulous! (I’m a friend of Jenny’s)

  8. Aunt Lynne permalink
    June 7, 2010 10:08 am

    Girl power!! Hold it together and have a great trip. Look forward to hearing from you all!

  9. Aunt Maddie permalink
    June 7, 2010 11:58 am

    Jenny,

    You be soooooo careful. I love you and I’ll be praying you have a wonderful adventure!! I can’t wait to hear all about it!!!! Call me if you need anything!

    Love,

    Aunt Maddie

  10. ClaireB permalink
    June 7, 2010 2:34 pm

    you ladies are so wonderfully inspirational! i can’t wait to live vicariously through your really big adventure…
    god speed!

  11. Tammy Chambless permalink
    June 8, 2010 9:46 pm

    Ride hard! I can’t wait to hear about this great adventure. Keep the posts coming! I’m rooting for you all, but especially Jenny. You are all very brave to even attempt this. Good luck!

  12. biker pat permalink
    June 8, 2010 10:14 pm

    Phil”s GMA quote of the day:

    “The riders are starting to get a bit twitchy now!”

  13. biker pat permalink
    June 9, 2010 7:10 pm

    Phil’s GMA quote of the day:

    “Don’t look back. You know what’s going on back there because you just left.”

  14. Molly permalink
    June 9, 2010 9:52 pm

    Janelle….notice the other j’s have aunts who worry about them??????

  15. Jim permalink
    June 10, 2010 9:04 pm

    Sound amazing, except for the bugs. Keep moving. Love, Dad

  16. biker pat permalink
    June 10, 2010 9:52 pm

    Phil’s GMA quote of the day:

    “These riders, once not even considered worthy of a training ride…are about to steal the day.”

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