Tomorrow I will head out on my 4th bike tour. In light of my new relationship status update (read 2.21.15 wedding entry), I’m staying within a 4 hour drive of Charlotte at all times. Stephen would like to reserve the right to be my knight in shining armor, should I need to be rescued off the side of the road at any point. There’s a rumor that marriage is about compromise, so I agreed to stay “close” to home and settled upon cycling the southeast coast. While I hope I won’t need to play the damsel in distress card, it is nice to have a ride to and from the terminuses of the trip rather than packing and unpacking my bike at an airport! Aahh…the privileges of domestic bliss.
My route is from Richmond, Virginia to Savannah, Georgia. The 1,000 mile journey will take 2 weeks, with a weekend visit to Wilmington, NC en route. I will follow the Adventure Cycling Association route and even forked over the money to buy the maps for this journey. Aahh…the luxuries of dual incomes! Believe it or not, Lisa and I cycled thru 9 countries in Europe on our first tour without purchasing a single map. We’re still not sure exactly which those 9 countries were, but we enjoyed personifying the phrase “ignorance is bliss.” Last summer, along the West Coast, I kept having northbounders give me their ACA maps they’d finished using. It’s cost-saving methods like these that kept my almost 2 month international vacation under $2,000.
The question which may be in the back of your mind, which almost certainly is in my mother’s, is “How can you leave your poor husband alone at home while you go on vacation?” Let me assure you, that after spending 2 weeks with me off-roading on the other side of the world in a campervan, Stephen is looking forward to working in an air-conditioned office and sleeping in a bed which does not double as a dinette. The idea of sleeping on the beach after pedaling in 90+ degree heat sounds even less enticing than bachelorhood. Plus, he’s also worried that he’ll come home to a self-sustaining farm any day now as my organic garden continues to expand in my excessive spare time. On that note, I need to go finish canning pickles from my abundant cucumber harvest!