The most famous bike route (says who? says ME) completely contained within the great Garden State is High Point to Cape May. A 238 mile route which slices the state in half from top to bottom; starting from the northern most tip in the mountains, ending at the shore.
Of the tours I have enjoyed day dreaming about, this is a big one.
So when my friend, CB, proposed over dinner one fine Sunday evening that we should do a big ol self-contained bike ride.. that is right where my mind went. Now, I’ve never done the self-contained thing before, though the lil bike-and-camp-nerd in me has been revelling in the idea for quite a while.
And friends, I cannot wait.
We decided that for first-timers we should cut the ride in half and cut our teeth on a flatter section first. Hence, “Midway to Cape May” was born. This weekend – tomorrow actually – we depart from an undisclosed Central Jersey location and we will travel for 2.5 days, and 2 nights camping. We’ll meet Ms. Elle*Eye in Cape May where we will hang out, swim and celebrate our glory on Sunday before driving back up north.
This ride is just in time. I’ve been in a bit of a funk due to the corporate desk job and I’ve been taking this out on my eating habits. Last Saturday when I weighed in I was down 1.8 or something like that – but I’ve gotta tell ya – with the way I’ve been piling it in the past few days, I’m happy to be pedaling 140 miles before my next weigh-in. Plus, I’ve had a lot of other stupidity going on lately, so it’s going to be nice to just unplug for a while and get back to basics.
Basics being two wheels and my beating heart.
I’m going to do my best to check in along the way, not out of obligation, but because I think it’ll be fun to look back on a record of this epic ride.
I really value myself and my physical ability and my drive to even dream this up – let alone get it done. If you had known me a few years ago, this would not be the case.
But we are not who we were a few years ago – at least not the healthy (emotionally, physically) ones.. because we’re constantly evolving. If we know what’s good for us, anyway*