We all met for a get acquainted session at 3:00 this afternoon. There are 21 riders (plus 4 going just as far as Albuquerque). Most of the riders are in their 40s and 50s; I am the oldest – the next oldest is three years younger. The group is very diverse (except only one female) but they all have one thing in common: this has been their dream for some time.
There are four support staff, including two very good mechanics, in two SAG Wagons. They are extremely well organized and extremely safety conscious, which is good. The get acquainted session lasted 3 ½ hours, which just left time for dinner at Outback Steak House, finishing this blog and getting packed for tomorrow. I’ve been to a number of bicycle safety lectures and this one was head and shoulders above the rest; summarizing everything with VAPOR. Here are the guidelines for cycling:
Note: The safety instructions included very good guidelines for how to navigate on/off ramps on Interstates. We’ll spend some time on them. Tomorrow’s route takes us from the Pacific Ocean to Palm Springs, with only 1.6 miles on I-10.