For those that don't know, I volunteered to be the bike mechanic for Team Laughing Dog (TLD) and their quest to compete in the Race Across America (RAAM). It has been a year of planning, training, more planning, stratagizing, more planning, some beer drinking (we are sponsored by Fred after all), more planning...you get the point. At this point, I'm ready to do this!!
Today our 2 support vans pulled out of Sandpoint for a road trip down to Oceanside, CA which is the starting line for the race on June 18th. Over the next week the riders and crew will have bike inspections, van inspections, crew meetings, rider meetings, crew chief meetings...have I mentioned how much I love to plan...all in preparation for the big day.
As for me I'm heading down to join the rest of my crew next Thursday. I will be out of the shop from June 16-28th. A couple things to note: Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair will march on with Jane, Dave and Kevin (and Shadow) picking up the slack while I'm gone. Feel free to harass them a bit. While I'm on the road, you can track the team's progress on our TLD website (we will be projecting gps updates every 10 mins), Jane will be updating a big route map daily in the shop and I will be providing personal musings on the GF Facebook ...when I'm not wrenching bikes or trying to get some sleep.
Oh, and a couple more links. More about the race across america and the whole reason we are doing this crazy shit, to raise money for autism.