Once again, Tim and Suzy Larkin (that’s us) are preparing to ride our Organic Engines Tandem Tricycle (aka Troika) from Brooktondale, NY to the ferry in Point Judith, RI – final destination – Block Island, Rhode Island.
Some years we prepare by shopping, thinking, planning, and packing—with a little training on the side. This year we prepared by training, training, training—with a little planning and packing on the side. For those who followed our trip last year (2011) this will be a repeat performance (we hope) with a few variations: Brooktondale to Afton to Oneonta to Windham to Hillsdale (all in NY) to Norfolk to Cromwell to Mystic (in CT) to Point Judith and Block Island (in RI). We’re leaving tomorrow (June 7) and hope to arrive in Block Island on Sunday, June 17. After a two week stay at the Schneiders’ wonderful house, we will rent a car, take the trike apart, and drive home. 11 days to get there and 11 hours to get home (give or take).
To cut the weight of what we have to drag behind us, I’m substituting my new iPhone 4s for my SLR cameras. My only requirement is that I bring a tripod on the trip – it’s an old aluminum tripod, so it weighs a bit less than my newer one, but Tim still thinks it weighs too much!
The tripod only weighs about a half a pound more than all the clothes I’m packing for a 23 day trip (jacket and tomorrow’s clothing not included in this photograph). All in all, we’re not bringing a terribly heavy load.
Parker (with a ball which seems to be attached to his mouth).
Our friend Lisa and son Christopher will be taking turns watching the house and our pets while we are away.
I was going to share with you some of our training adventures: broken chain near Speedsville and broken phone (don’t let the iPhone 4s get wet!) after being caught in a rain/hail storm on our way home from Wegmans, but it’s getting late and we need to be fresh tomorrow morning—whatever weather presents itself for our departure.
We invite you to come along. Our destination for day one is the Jericho Farm Inn in Afton, NY. We’ll do our best to keep you updated along the way. My book for the trip is Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. As the trip progresses I’ll share other books my friends have introduced me to and hope to have a new reading list from you before we head for home on July 1.
Thanks to all for your good wishes and encouragement!