Sunday, February 24, 2008

Anticipation


Like Carly Simon said, "Anticipation! It's making me wait!"

It's cold outside! This morning is relatively warm at 7 degrees. And the snow. So far we've received over 50 inches. It's piled higher than my bike.

Even so, there are signs of spring. I've heard but not seen a robin sing. The sun is growing stronger and the light is lasting longer. Even when it's freezing the roads are drying. Today the temperature will pass 40 degrees. The first Iowa Cubs home baseball game is just over a month away.

Anticipation. It won't be long now. Soon spring will be here and the road cycling will begin. Meanwhile I ride my resistance trainer in the basement and imagine everything I will see on the Renewing Spirits Bicycle Tour. I'm stationary yet peddling through mountains and plains, past loons on lakes and onto the Atlantic. Now is the time for planning and preparation. The details need attention. Even so, anticipation is sustaining me. Ever since high school I've wanted to complete a transcontinental bike ride. I can wait a few more weeks.

2 comments:

John said...

Hey Cal,

GO FOR IT!!! I didn't realize you were planning this for THIS year. I'm planning to climb Mt. Rainier the first week of June. I'm going to CO w/a group of HS students July 12-20. But I'd love to talk about joining you for a day or two (maybe ride into IA or out of...)

John Ottley

John said...

P.S. I'll probably be somewhere between an Encourager & a Sprinter