On the road again

It took a long time for me to recover from the exhaustive heat.  At least a week?  It didn’t help that I felt the need to give blood several days after I returned….BAD IDEA.  My appetite is finally returning.  Here’s a pic that Jeff took before I left Fritch:

Tomorrow I’m leaving on a solo trip around the world!  Just kidding, but I am driving across Texas so it may as well be around the world.  Tomorrow I’m going to San Angelo State Park, Monahans State Park, and ending at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.  There will be plenty of geocaching along the way.  The next few days are full of travels but I don’t feel like listing my itinerary right now.  When I get back I will give full details and pictures.  So excited!  Oh and have to mention the family reunion in Pecos.  That should be interesting 🙂

Bicycle trip cut short

Due to heat exhaustion, nausea, and lack of preparation, I decided to end the bicycle trip.  Cycling in the heat with so much (too much) weight was too much for me.  I could barely take in food which depleted my already low energy stores.  I didn’t want to risk anything worse than heat exhaustion so I am back home and I will be for awhile.  Hopefully after a few more years of training and better planning I will be able to attempt another long distance trip.  Thanks for all of the support!

Postponed one last time

The official departure was postponed until tomorrow soooooo tomorrow we will be driving to Amarillo and the next day we will be on our bikes.  (I had to take care of some business before officially leaving because I am a slacker!! My transcript and diploma will be officially complete very soon!)  Here’s a link to a google map of our journey:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=210017894249535255875.0004a52a704bf4e948fa3&z=5

The dots have only been connected to Eleven Mile State Park in Colorado.  The rest will be connected en route.

Also here is a link to the Traveler’s Creed, what we will be living by over the next six months 😉

http://russroca.zenfolio.com/p997878830/e365c743d#h365c743d

I’ll end with a glance at the travelers:Jeffery Groenke–Superfun badass on the 10 year college degree plan.  We met through Diamond Way Buddhism and have become close friends ever since.  He is quick to make others smile, brimming with compassion, and has a wonderful sense of adventure (obviously!).  I would not be the same without a little Jefe in my life 😉

Angelika Fuller–college graduate determined to make an impact on the world, one individual at a time!  I’ve had this cross-country bike tour idea for awhile now and my ideas tend to get crazier so who knows what will happen next!  This will be my last adventure before Uncle Sam starts breathing down my neck (but that crazy old man won’t stop me from adventuring 😉  ).  This will be a journey of self-discovery and growth (everybody needs one or more of those) and I’m excited to push myself to the limits!

Countdown to Canada

This is the first official post of the monumental bicycle ride from Amarillo, TX to Canada and back featuring Jeffery and Angelika (also known as me).  Here is our approximate route:

We start in Amarillo and make our way through Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and as far north as Calgary, Canada.  There may be a side trip to Edmonton if we are inclined to take one (and if some friendly person wants to give us a ride).  We will return to the U.S. through a different port of entry and head west through Idaho and Washington.  Then we will follow the coast until San Francisco and head east through Nevada and Utah.  We turn south through Arizona and turn east, riding through New Mexico and back in Texas.  Our official end will be at Enchanted Rock State Park.  (Everyone should join us for the party! :D)  This trip should take approximately six months.  Whenever we ride through towns with public libraries I will update the blog with posts and pictures.  We are expected to leave for Amarillo this Saturday, the 11th and start the trip on the 12th.  The first few weeks will be tough.  Our pace is sixty miles a day, four days a week.  We will be traveling fully loaded–equipped with tents, sleeping bags, food, clothes, emergency supplies, bike parts, etc.  Our momentum will be determined by our insufficiently trained legs.  It will be easy to train our legs on the road since our lives will be devoted to riding for the next half year, but those first few weeks will definitely be tough, especially with the heat.  Then we will have to climb and descend the Rockies many times.  Hopefully we will hit a fair-weather coast before we journey through the desert.  As I still have many tasks to do before we depart, I will keep this post short.  If people feel like sending us well-wishes (or money 😉 ) or anything else, comment on here or send me an email at puffskein@juno.com.

Expect a feature on our bicycles soon!