Hong Kong: Tonight at a time when most Hong Kongers are turning in, my son and I will fly across the pond to the American South, via Toronto and O’Hare. It’s been an exciting journey already, from conceiving TransAmerica 2010 over a year ago, to this starting point.
The past 72 hours have been intense. Super busy at work. Managing a myriad of transportation and logistical issues, including getting my bike to Oregon. (My trusted Cannondale is now in the good hands of DHL). Packing for a two month trip has been a different sort of challenge. They say the devil’s in the details. They’re right.
My training program has mellowed the past few days. At this point I’m either ready or I’m not, and there’s not much I can do now that will change this either way. Spending time with my family now trumps spending more time in the saddle. On Sunday I did a relatively easy 44 miles to the Peak and Shek O, again cycling through fog ‘as thick as butter.’ Here’s what that looks like:
Both yesterday and today I have managed about an hour of early morning climbing before going to work.
Over the next week I have a hiatus from riding before I start cycling next Monday from Astoria, on the Oregon coast. The next several days will be spent with my immediate and extended family in Tennessee for a reunion of sorts. I’m already bracing for my grandmother to try to ‘fatten me up’ for this ride. Next weekend I reposition myself on the left coast, connecting with some friends in Oregon along the way.
Tonight a good pal from Singapore, Albert, happened to be in town and joined us for a last HK supper with my family. He participated in the pre-departure Miller mayhem and demonstrated his new iPad, which now goes on my US shopping list.
I’ve also received numerous well wishes and emails and mementos from friends and industry colleagues. The thoughtful gifts, all very special and appropriate and appreciated, include:
– a jade Buddha amulet (which is also a play on my Chinese name, ‘mi le fuo’)
– a DVD of the Pixar film Up (a grown up story about realizing childhood dreams)
– an inspiring and very relevant children’s book, The Race Across America, about bicycling. This will come in handy for tonight’s 14 hour flight.
– water bottles and super powered vitamin C
– Patrick got for me today a breathable mesh safety vest with bright markings. Perfect for biking. This was found in obscure hardware store in Kowloon.
– a creative Asian care package including capsicum plasters, Japanese horse oil, and Korean ginseng powder, among the stuff which I’ll put to good use:-
Finally, donations continue to come in for A New Day Cambodia.
Thank you all for following and supporting this mission. The adventure begins. Stay tuned.