My story is identical to Chris’: Certainly one of the most physical things I had attempted in years. I had a couple of injuries (primarily Achilles tendonsis during Cycle Oregon 2010) that have kept me off the bike for too long. Glad CP invited me to try it again. Will need to do some planning to pace myself w.r.t. Other commitments.
Jim Carson's Life List
1. learn music theory
2. Get my HAM radio license
3. Start cycling again.
4. Contemplate a repeat! (cycle 5000 miles in 2008) Except it would be for 2013
How I did it: I had a good mileage base going into the event, mostly through commuting to work. Doing long rides with in May with Claire and John helped spice things up.My bike's set up to be comfortable at the expense of raw speed - at least that's my excuse - 28C tires (though I wish I could run larger), double-wrapped bar tape, and a big-honking man purse/handlebar bag (for my camera, snacks, wallet, sunscreen, ...) and well broken-in seat. Read how I did it…
Happy birthday! May the wind at your back and your Pho served with plenty of lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.
I did my first nighttime caching – the initial starting point was a trailhead specified by the GPS coordinates on the tick sheet. Because I wasn’t sure how long the route would be, nor was I keen on carrying a flashlight in hand, I used the helmet-mounted bike light, its battery tucked into my rain jacket pocket. The route was marked with a white trail tack every few hundred feet. “Trail tacks” are little reflective thumbtacks that you’d completely miss during the daytime, but stand out moderately well with a flashlight aimed in the general direction. (I guess they’re primarily used by hunters?) Even in the rain, they worked well.
There were several turns onto other trails. The off-trail portion was marked by an additional orange trail tack. After ambling down and into the bush for another 20-ish feet, we spotted the pair of orange “eyes” marking the final, a camouflaged ammo box.
Like Chris, I will need to check myself into Geocacher’s Anonymous.