Just like my previous post, as this trip gets closer I seem to get less and less sleep. Last night was another 5AM night followed by waking up at noon.. in a panic about what I needed to complete. On the productive side of things, this is the first face my new GoPro witnessed.
Yes, I would be scared also.
Let us examine the more important mechanical work that was completed though. Huge shout outs to Lance and the entire ChicagoRiders.us for all their support and donations. There is no way I would have been able to get my bike ready in time without their help. I finally received the correct rear sprocket but before you can swap between the old and new you must take off the chain. We ended up doing it the ‘Polish’ way and it worked like a charm.
I could not believe how much quieter my bike was with new sprockets and new chain. Combined with the new seat I was riding on a dream machine.
I was fortunate enough to have 2 bags donated to me for this trip. This is a photo of my most recent Amazon.com delivery and honestly, as worried as I was about packing everything, I am golden. I have more than enough space for everything and now it comes down to deciding how I want to arrange it all.
Tomorrow afternoon I am doing a ‘dry run’ where I will set everything up as if I was at a camp site (all of this completed in my parents suburban backyard). Aside from all the neighbors having a laugh, I think this will help solidify that I have all I need or remind me that I forgot something important.
In summary, I am READY and I’ll see you in tomorrows updated video post.