In the meanwhile, my dear readers, perhaps you will enjoy a little pre-trip Q&A with the riders of Team Sierra-Cascades.
What bike will you be riding?
Alex: My new Surly Disc Trucker.
Sarah: My beloved Surly Long Haul Trucker. She's one helluva great bike -- love her like crazy.
Does your bike have a name? If so, what is it?
Alex: The bike does not have a name at this time. I am a believer in letting the bikes name themselves. I expect that at some point the name will reveal itself.
Sarah: Why surely. It's Shirley the Surly.
|Alex's bike and Shirley, on our overnight test ride to Scenic Beach.|
What is the longest tour you've been on thus far (both distance and duration)?
Alex: Longest continuous ride -- 24.5 hrs (during a 24-hour solo mountain bike race).
Longest ride -- Seattle to Portland (205 miles over 2 days).
Longest loaded tour -- 2 days (55 miles and 39 miles) on a test ride for this trip.
Sarah: Last summer's 52-day long, 3,012 mile-long solo cross-country ride from Portland, OR to Portland, ME.
What are you most looking forward to on this ride?
Alex: Settling into a simple pace of living on the bike.
Sarah: The challenging climbs.
What are you least looking forward to on this ride?
Alex: The hills.
Sarah: The mother f'ckin' rattlesnakes.
Aside from the bike, what is your most valued piece of gear?
Alex: The bike engine, which I hope improves over time (refer to my answer immediately above).
Sarah: My iPad mini, so I can keep in touch with all you lovebugs.
What is the more "luxurious" piece of gear that you'll bring?
Alex: My Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel, for recharging electronics (iPhone and Kindle).
Sarah: My new e-Werks device (it allows me to charge my electronic devices from my dynamo hub). (Refer to my On the Bike & Off the Grid post.)
What are some things your riding partner should know about you?
Alex: It will take me a while to make the mental switch to touring and away from a focus on speed while on the bike.
Sarah: I get cranky when I get hungry, and I'll definitely need some good chunks of alone time.
What is your preferred power snack while you're riding?
Alex: Tri-Berry Gu
Sarah: Candy Corn
|Our favorite power snacks.|
What has been your favorite adventure (either on or off the bike)?
Alex: Several, including 24-hour racing, living in France, extended caving trips, off-shore sailing, and being an uncle.
Sarah: On the bike -- my tour down the Pacific Coast.
Off the bike -- backpacking the West Coast Trail.
Why are you doing this ride?
Alex: I have always wanted to do an extended bicycle tour and have now aligned my life with my goals in a way that allows me to start accomplishing those goals.
Sarah: I'm looking forward to riding through the mountains and seeing a lot of the great National Parks that I have not yet visited.
What are you hoping to take away from this trip?
Alex: The peacefulness that comes from a simple routine, additional understanding of my physical limits, exploration, and several new National Park stamps in my National Park Passport.
Sarah: The opportunity to live the questions that I've been asking myself for a long time.