Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bike love

The day we leave is moving closer, and as it does, we become more frantic to be ready for it.  There is still a lot to do, and it's kind of amazing we aren't tearing our hair out!  Well, we shall see how things look at the end of today.  We still have two days to wig out about it.

Yesterday, we did something quite relevant to our upcoming trip: we popped into Recycled Cycles, a not-for-profit bike shop type place, where you can also learn stuff as they fix your bike for you.  We learned a lot, and it was generally nifty.  The folks there are most definitely made of awesome.  Here are some photos:

As it turned out, the axle in the rear wheel was actually broken!  Much taking apart and digging through boxes to find replacement parts ensued.  Fun times!

Some jobs are just easier when there's two sets of hands.

Cleaning the replacement gear cluster of choice.  You've got to do these things right, after all.
"Oh, you're taking a photo?  Alright then!" *pose*
Cleaning out the crud.  Turns out the chain needs to be changed, too.  Ah, TLC before the big trip!

And that's it for now.  Stay tuned for more insanity as we get ready to actually - *gasp!* - leave!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Good question!

The title of this blog strikes us as entirely appropriate - an almost blank page begs the question "where the bloody hell are we?" As time goes by, this will hopefully become less appropriate.

Oh yeah, what's this blog about? we hear you ask. Simple, really. We're going to cycle from Ontario to California. And this blog is where we will keep track of how our preparations prep, and our progress proceeds. Aren't you glad you asked?