Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bike Packing and an Unexpected Journey

Bob and I were unexpectedly called home to see his father, who has been living with MS for many years and unfortunately is experiencing a poor turn in health.  Great physical distance from aging parent is almost always accompanied by worry, guilt and regret, especially so when a parent is in ill-health.  I am relieved that our supervisors have been supportive of the need to leave work with little advance notice in order to support our family. I am likewise grateful that I have close friends in Louisville, who have already completed this journey with aging parents and other family members, and can counsel me on how to be the most help to my husband.  My inclination is to want to jump in with wisdom that I imagine I have but don't, only succeeding in smothering and adding unneeded emotional pressure.

The Eco 3 and the Airporter, ready for flight!
Depending on how the visit goes and the immediate needs of Bob's parents, we will continue on after a week to our previously scheduled trip to San Francisco.  In the event we are able to travel on, I went ahead and packed up the Dahon Eco 3 in the Airporter Luggage the Bob gave me for Christmas.  I purchased a folding bike precisely because I wanted to be able to have a bike with me when we travel since we generally don't rent cars when we visit other cities.  Our plan is, once in San Francisco, to do our sightseeing by bike.  The hilly streets of San Francisco will definitely be a challenge, but didn't we just do 2 half marathons in less than a month?

Packed right and light - just under 50 lbs!
Anyway, the Airporter was a perfect fit for the Eco 3 and I'm happy to report the case has wheels and is very maneuverable.   I'm not going to get into further details in this post but instead save those for an upcoming guest post on the Dahon Dispatch Blog, along with some thoughts about my first experience traveling with a folding bike.  Until then, I'm not sure if I'll be able to post for the next couple of weeks.

What a view!
Before I go back to packing and getting the house ready for our house sitters, I'll leave you with a couple of snaps of my recent solo ski, right near in a part of the Coconino National Forest that sits very near our house.  An otherwise spring-like February, finally gave way to 18 inches of snowfall over the weekend.  We're expecting more this coming weekend and Bob and I both hope it will hang around for a while so we can enjoy some early spring cross country skiing.

Bright white snow; dark, dark glasses.


The Woollen Typist said...

Hope your father-in-law isn't too bad (given the circumstances).

That's brilliant that you take your bike with you. I always had this preconception of folding bikes...but they are really starting to grow on me.
I can definitely see the benefits now.

Have a safe trip. :)

She Rides a Bike said...

So far, I've had a posotive experience w/ my folder, definitely a conversation starter. This will be our first out of town trip w/ it so I'm anxious to see what it's like to be on it all day, over public transit and on those hills.

Ananda Ranz said...

i'm going to hunt for those airporter, its cool :D

aileen abel said...

Is it possible to piece together an unpaved bikepacking route across the US ... The Smokey Mountains, Colorado, Utah, and all the unexpected.

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Sophia William said...

backpacking by bike is a fun choice for cycling, times more distance than they would if backpacking the same route on foot.

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