Want to see what I’ll be doing at the end of the summer?
From Septemeber 6th to September 13th, I’ll be joining 2,000 other cyclists for Cycle Oregon, a week-long tour of rural Oregon. For years — for over a decade — I’ve wanted to do this. This year I’m going to. This is the second of my major goals. (The first goal is to finish the Body for Life program, and the third is to complete the Portland Marathon.)
I wanted to embed video from this Oregon Public Broadcasting production, but it’s just not possible. I encourage you to watch those ten minutes, though. They do a great job of capturing two things:
- What the late summer feels like in rural Oregon.
- What it’s like to bike through the Oregon countryside.
Although I can’t share the OPB video, I can post this slide show created by one of last year’s participants:
But that’s last year. Last year I was fat. This year, I won’t be. This year I’ll be fit and ready for the 600+ mile journey. Here’s the unveiling of the route for this year’s ride:
Cycle Oregon Kick-Off 2008, part one
Cycle Oregon Kick-Off 2008, part two
Looks awesome, doesn’t it? This is the territory in which I spent much time selling insurance door-to-door when I was fresh out of college. That was a terrible experience. This ride will be entirely different.
Though I’m not officially traveling with anyone, my friends Matt, Paul, and Susan will be there. If you’re planning to do Cycle Oregon, let me know. (And join me and Matt in the Cycle Oregon group at We Endure.)