So I’m finally all packed. Bullseye and a bunch of my other gear are all packed in the box and will be checked baggage. The rest of my things are packed in one of my panniers and that will be my carry on. My goal was to carry only those things away from my house that I will be carrying on the trip. Other than the box, some packing materials and a roll of tape, I have been successful, thanks to some research online and some Youtube videos that only I would find interesting! 😉
The theatrics of my phone situation from earlier yesterday and the night before worked out in the end. After a long night and day of what seemed like wasted time spent at the AT&T store, driving to St Louis, at the Apple store, driving back home, and finally, restoring SOME of my things onto the phone from my computer, the phone is back online and pretty much back to normal. I did however loose about 400 pictures from a recent vacation with the wife in Colorado. Bummer. All is well that ends well though. I now have new software on the phone and a bunch of music, which was what started the whole mess!
Now it is entirely too late and I am entirely too wound up to sleep. I’m feeling like there ought to be something that I should be doing to prepare, but it is finished. All that is left is a drive to the airport and a flight to Portland. It just doesn’t seem like the day has come to actually go.
My busyness has kept my thoughts occupied up to this point and I have forgotten to think about how much I’m going to miss my wife after tomorrow. But now reality is sinking in and I am dealing with the idea that I will spend the next 40 something days away from her. And the kids. I think that will be the biggest challenge of this trip- not only being away from the ones I love, but also being alone with nothing but the open road to distract me from it. I’m a big boy, but I love them and I don’t like to be away from them.
On the other hand, that is one of the very good reasons why I need to do this. The alone time will hopefully lead to penetrating thoughts. Thoughts of who I really am and what I want to be. This is a chance to “find myself”, no matter how cliche that may sound. I have a great opportunity with this trip to realize what I’m made of and come back a stronger, more focused man. And that is exciting, my friends! Let’s get this show on the road, literally! Tomorrow, like everyday, is the first day of the rest of my life and I am making the choice to use that day for all it is worth. Tomorrow I begin the journey of a lifetime. 4262 soul searching miles on a bicycle across this great land we call the United States of America. How cool is that?! Trans Am trail, here I come! Let’s roll!!!