It’s Opening Day!!
Prepping and planning complete. It’s time to start the 2016 version of America by Bicycle’s Across America North. The crew has a slightly new look this year. We have two new faces and four returning “old-timers.” Judy Clawson will head up the team as tour leader with Pam Shedd assisting with on-road logistics. Jim Benson is back this year as lead mechanic with Rusty Kay assisting for the first time. Karen Bauer returns as lead SAG coordinator with Liz Chambers assisting and rounding out the team.
We offered an early registration on Saturday (yesterday), so I guess I should have started the blog yesterday. Ah well... Approximately half of our riders took advantage of early registration. Most of the remainder plowed through early on Sunday making the afternoon a little more relaxed. 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, safety talk, and route rap. The day closed with our first group dinner catered at the hotel.
The real work starts tomorrow as we head out of Astoria to Saint Helens. I think we all earned a good night's sleep.