Trial Run

Well, the departure for my bicycle trip is now only 20 days away. I was ready to go 2 months ago, but Dear Husband, a more rational thinker than I, methodically went through the process of gathering all the necessities we would need to complete the trip successfully.

He excels at researching new things, reading through endless reviews of “how to’s” and product reviews, and then narrowing down the things he thinks will be needed to not only survive the trip, but also ENJOY it. I, on the other hand, am led by the excitement of the idea and am prepared to go on the journey figuring things out on the way. Thankfully, he stays the course and keeps me safely behind the starting gate until ALL preparations are in order. And, I hope my enthusiasm encourages him while he juggles his daily responsibilities along with all the research he is doing for this new challenge.

This past week he had two days off from work, so we decided to do a trial run of our packed supplies, hoping to give us an idea of anything we might still need. We began by setting up and sleeping in the tent in our yard.

camping in the yard

camping in the yard

In the morning, we pulled out the cooking supplies, fired up the cook stove, and ate our Mountain House Breakfast Skillet meal.

freeze dried food, cooking fuel, cook pot

freeze dried food-no we didn’t eat Beef Stoganoff for breakfast, cooking fuel, cook pot

After breakfast, we packed the tent and cooking supplies, loaded everything into the car and headed for a nearby bike trail. It was a beautiful day, (the kind of day I am praying we will have for our journey!) We were able to get 40 miles of riding in before having to head home to the reality of getting hay off the field before dark.

tunnel on bike trail near Emlenton, PA

tunnel on bike trail near Emlenton, PA

BEAUTIFUL!

BEAUTIFUL!

Going down the trail from Emlenton to Franklin, PA

Going down the trail from Emlenton to Franklin, PA

When we arrived home, I put the tent up again. And with one foot still firmly planted in reality, I stepped back into my real kitchen and cooked food for the all the hungry people not pretending to be on an adventure–Party Poopers!

At dark, Dear Husband and I returned to the tent to rest our weary bodies and review our lists and supplies. Although, after a day of living one foot in reality and one foot on an adventure trial run, reviewing was quickly replaced by sleeping! Until tomorrow…..

camping in the yard

camping in the yard

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