We had a fabulous dinner at my place on Monday night for friends of ours who have done touring like this in the past. Doug, Stache, Tito and Johnny Midwest (who clearly doesn’t have his own website, but helped me do the dishes, so I can’t snarkily insult him about his lack of web-presence) were all there. Andy’s got some photos somewhere. I went a bit overboard and cooked a whole chicken with veggies, baked up some asparagus with parmesan, stir fried some leeks and made chocolate chip cookies. I kinda love cooking for people. Plus, I usually stare at a computer all day long, so this was a good way for me to distract myself from that atrophy-inducing lethargy. I didn’t even cook up the spinach or quinoa, so now I have plenty of food to cook for my sister tonight when we watch LOST.

Anyway. Bike Stuff. Those guys were awesome with their advice & stories & things. The three of us seemed to be getting a bit nervous about our trip, but the general attitude of our more-experienced friends indicated that we really had nothing to worry about. Doug pored over our route, analyzing mountain passes as passable, while we laughed over Stache’s recollections & photos from the trip he did on a fixed gear bike with one pair of bike shorts. What an idiot. He didn’t advise us to do anything like that, but he got back in one piece anyway. Johnny sat there and called my chicken “rare”. Which was true..but again, he helped me do the mound of dishes, so I really can’t complain.

Next stop: Bear Mountain on Sunday night after Trackstar’s 24-hour Midnight Madness 2 race. Sounds like a stupid idea, right? Yeah, well a lot of people have told me they think this whole trip is a stupid idea, so…