Obligatory packing photo. My technique consisted of moving piles around the living room, dividing them into other piles, moving them around some more, walking in quite a few circles and finally cramming things in bags. After these last few days, I must say one of my most favorite things has been packing my bags in new and more efficient ways each morning.

Lucky ducks leave on days like these...

Oh so familiar and exciting... the barn as I turned onto Palomares. I've always wanted to take a photo of this, but had never passed it with my camera on hand.

Camp one...

Bosco, Mayor of Sunol 1981-1994, and his first lady Jess, burrito mistress and greatest friend a girl could ask for on this first leg of adventure.

Calaveras Road...

A little over a week before blast off! Excitedly, I have my last day of work tomorrow and head to Portland right after. I am taking the train up there, a last little treat to watch the coast roll by. Vacations before vacations, it’s how we do. I will return on Monday, only to throw some stuff around the house I’ve been SO LUCKY!!! and extremely grateful to camp out at over these last few months. I will pack the belongings I would like to send back to NJ in my car, which my brother and his friend Jon will pick up and drive back…taking an aggressively planned two week adventure to do so. Well done boys. Then…then…then….oh my! Pedals southbound.

Bridgestone XO-2 meet other Bridgestone XO-2. Its amazing what you will find under some old black spray paint.

This day was just out of control. Man oh man do I love you kids so! And yes, swinging a hammer at a stump while slightly intoxicated is a great idea.

Just lovely.

Hello all!  Welcome to my blog.  I will be posting pictures and stories from my trip here in attempt to share as much of it with everyone that I can.  Lots of things are a’ foot and I am very happy to report that as the weeks wind down I feel pretty calm and prepared for the known and unknown.  Not to say there have not been a lot of times this year I was most thankful not to be bound together with twine, as I would have surely burst open from the anticipation and excitement of it all.  For the most part, I have tackled all of the big projects of preparation and acquisition that I had put on my “list”.  Now I am focusing on spending as much time divulging in shenanigans as I can and trying to stay out of trouble with friends.  Here are a few recent bike/trip related pictures to enjoy.

A slow buffalo riding a purple bike... Drawn especially for me by my wonderful and very talented friend, Lily Russo. Click the buffalero for more Lily goodness. Thanks Lily!

An amazing cake made by my co-worker Maria. Notice the bike and girl with short hair on the back. Big thanks to Maria's daughter, Sophia, for letting her mom use her trinkets on the cake. They were obviously my favorite part! Maria is a cake wizard and has made many, many both beautiful and delicious treats. This one specifically was made with yellow cake, peaches, whipped cream and caramel. Everything is homemade too. Mmmmmmmmmm

I've been pushing off all necessary projects of preparation for more important things....like making earrings out of recycled bike tubes. One tube will make about 80 pairs. After cutting them to size, I spray paint them and poke them with ear wires. Super fun.

The mating game.