Day 0: Opening Day
Cycling Date: Sunday 15-June-14
It’s Opening Day!!
Prepping and planning complete. It’s time to start the 2014 version of America by Bicycle’s Across America North. We “got the band back together” with the same support team as last year. Jeff Lazer will lead the team as tour director with Judy Clawson in the role of co-leader and on-road logistics coordinator. Jim Benson will head our mechanics team, assisted by Mike Petroni. Karen Bauer and Pam Shedd complete the team as SAG coordinators.
Full disclosure, we offered an early registration on Sunday (yesterday), so I guess I should have started the blog yesterday. But alas I did not. Suffice it to say that 30 of our 42 riders took advantage of early registration. This made for a busy Saturday but made Sunday much more relaxed (comparatively speaking). Shipped bikes were re-assembled. Safety checks were completed. Riders were registered. Then it was time for many of the riders to head to the Pacific Ocean. Riders managed their first cue sheet guided foray to Fort Stevens State Park to dip wheels and ceremonially start their adventure across the US.
Staff had time for a quick breath and then it was off to orientation with participant introductions, daily routine overview, logistics, and the all important safety talk. The day closed with our first group dinner catered at the hotel and first route rap.
The real work starts tomorrow as we head out of Astoria to Saint Helens. I think we all earned a good night’s sleep!