After a few 25- and 50-mile warmup rides around Reno, yesterday we rode the Wildflower Century (above) down in Chico CA, proving to both of us that five weeks of 70-mile rides on loaded touring bikes from the Canadian border down to Mexico (it is all downhill, right?) will actually most likely lie within our capabilities, even if during the Wildflower we did whine occasionally, lie groaning on the grass at more than one rest stop, and set absolutely zero speed records.
Speaking of loaded bikes, our current research project is figuring out if all this —
— well, almost all of it (not the cats’ bed or blanket or the basket or roll of yarn) will fit into four panniers and a pair of handlebar bars. Stay tuned for our findings!