Ciao from Sterling, Virginia
Just a little bit tardy in getting the blog updates. Riding (250 miles a day), talking (to everyone I can get to listen), and blogging (about the whole day) is a lot more work than I thought. Humm. What was I thinking?
My Daily Schedule
People have asked, so here’s the schedule: 5:30 am (reveille) ; find some coffee; check and clear my email; check the weather forecast; pack the bags and load Dave; check my talking points for the day’s governor’s office meeting; call the local media and see if they received my fax and email news release and attempt to get them engaged in the topic – reminding them that September if National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month; ride to the day’s state capitol; find the governor’s office and brief the staff on the trip, their state’s prostate cancer scorecard (I’m using the 2008 National Prostate Cancer Coalition Scorecard), and present the commemorative trip patch and PSA Tracker; get on Dave and ride the day’s route – usually about 6 and 1/2 half hours with lunch and fuel stops; talk to everyone that I can engage in conversation; find the evening Motel 6; unload the bike; give Dave his “post flight” check – tires, check oil level, etc; shower; find something to eat; update the blog and Facebook pages (I usually get it done in the evening); send the news release to local media; review the following day’s weather and route; check and respond to email; and, finally, turn out the lights. Then, start again at 5:30 am the next morning.
When I do It Again
For this trip, I scheduled a rest day every six riding days. For the next trip, I’ll schedule a rest day after every three days, which will allow for much more recovery, especially if the weather is as warm as it has been on this trip.