Practice day 1

This morning Phil and I set off on a practice ride from Fairhaven to Orleans, where we are staying with Julie and Rick, a couple that Phil contacted through Warm Showers.  Despite a late start, the day flew by insanely fast.

We drove from Providence to Tiverton, where Phil made sandwiches and I wrote out the route that we were planning to take (we still have yet to acquire a GPS navigation device).  From there we drove to my family’s beach house in Fairhaven, where I discovered that a squirrel had broken in and made itself at home.  We finished packing our panniers and set off towards the cape.

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broken screw plate on shoe

We had planned to hit LL Bean on the way out, but because of the late start decided it was best to save it for the way back.  Several stops were made along the way to adjust seat height, check directions, refuel and stretch.  Due to the adapting to our new rides with all of our equipment weighing us down and challenging our balance, our average moving speed was a modest 13-14mph.  My new shoes broke less than halfway through the day!  The screws holding the cleat to the bottom of the shoe tore apart the fitting on the shoe, so it could no longer be held to the shoe, and the right cleat ended up stuck in the pedal.

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Rick and Julie's dog, Dude, lounging on the couch

By the time sun had set we were still 15 miles from our destination.  After pedaling 6 or 7 miles with me using Phil’s head lamp and Phil using a blinking light on the back of his helmet, we decided it was too dangerous to continue in the dark on that road.  We ended up hitching a ride with Tim, who generously went out of is way to drive us and our bikes straight to the door of our hosts.  After a delicious meal and good conversation (and a warm shower), it has been an eventful and educational practice day.  We owe enormous thanks to Tim for the ride and to Rick and Julie for their hospitality.

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About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

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