August 5th, 2007


Bike Day

For any who wondered, I am home safe and sound. I had a good riding day yesterday, over 25 miles in total. It was an all-bicycle day: went to the library, visited a garage sale, bought cookies and cat food, got my hair cut, then rode to SEMGS (lugging the cat food in my pannier all the way to and from smegs -- most of the cookies, at least, only went one way).

It was very hot out during the day, but when I was actually riding there was enough wind to keep me pretty comfortable. The problem would be when I stopped riding: my body would still be generating all that heat, with no way for it to cool off. I walked into G&G's all red-faced and sweaty. Fortunately they kindly offered to let me take a shower, which made all of smegs much more enjoyable (for everybody, I'm sure!).

I left for home after midnight, but I have lights and a bright shirt -- the ride home was just fine. Actually aside from being occasionally worried about the dark, it was a very pleasant ride. Cooler temperature and less traffic.

Alpine Lakes

I still can't believe I'm leaving in less than a week. I'm feeling very unprepared! Thus do I appeal to the collective LJ brain: what will I forget? Obviously you can't read my mind, but if you can think of some item that you really wished you'd remembered when you traveled, or something european-specific or cycling-specific that somebody might not think of, feel free to post here with advice and experiences.

Bear in mind that, aside from my trip to Venice when I reunite with my suitcase, everything I bring will be carried with me in my bicycle panniers. So I'm trying to pack very light, while still remembering all the essentials. On the other hand, I'm totally worried about the right combination of warm clothes for alpine areas vs. lighter sunnier clothes. And shoes. I was originally thinking all-sandals, but I might need warm shoes for occasional hiking, but those are heavy. Yikes! I might go glacier skiing at the Matterhorn (when will I ever get to say that again, after all?) -- but I'm definitely not bringing ski gear. Oh, decisions decisions....

ipod, camera, treo, plus chargers. plug adapter thingy. ebooks, plane book.
rain gear. zip-lock bags. sunscreen. hat. swim suit. duct tape.
bike helmet, seat, bags front/back, strap, gloves, clothes, etc. woolwhite.
credit cards, pins, passport. train ticket.
blue wind jacket. black stretch pants. warm shoes, gloves, pants, sweater?
nice clothes for evening - skirt, white sweater, blouse, fancier sandals, dress for venice.
capris, short sleeved shirts, long sleeved shirt, maybe long pants?