We have taken a tandem bike/tricycle trip from Brooktondale to either Nantucket or Block Island eleven times. However, for the last three years, for various reasons, we haven’t made the bike ride. Something clicked this year and long before the big rain started this spring, we decided we’d like to try again. We reserved a cottage (the same we have been in for several years) on Block Island for the first three weeks in June, and since then we’ve been making moves toward planning for the trip on our tandem tricycle.
I had many reservations about our fitness to make this trip. We are three years older. We haven’t been riding anywhere near as much as we used to. We used to circle various Finger Lakes on a pretty regular basis. Our longest trip this year was to Best Buy in Lansing and back again – a thirty mile trip.
And the weather! Is it ever going to stop raining?
But we kept going with the idea of riding from home to New London (to meet the Block Island Ferry). We plan to leave on May 25 and arrive in New London on June 4. On June 22 we’ll pack the tandem and ourselves into a rented car for the trip home.
This blog is a record of our trip. I’ll try to keep it fairly up to date. The goal this year is to pack light. Very light. Which means no favorite camera, or tripod, or flash:
Instead I’m taking Tim’s Lumix with the lens that came with it (14-45mm) and one new one I purchased (45-200mm). I thought briefly about limiting myself to my iPhone, but really, that’s too much to ask!
Everything we take has to fit in two panniers and a Bob Trailer:
I have been collecting everything we have from former trike trip, and copying and making lists of what we should bring.
Next I have to think very seriously about every item and tool. Do we really need it? Is it too heavy? What will we do if we don’t have it?
It’s time to get to work!