Every job has its routines. The measure of whether you like your work is more how you deal with the routine than how you deal with the exciting stuff.
This life has its own routines. I awake at 5 most days, with my alarm being Schubert’s Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano, as performed by Mikko Rankin-Utevsky on viola (this excerpt has no piano).
Before getting out of my sleeping bag I check the weather and figure out what to wear. That takes longer than it does for my usual job. What I laid out the night before may be the base layer, not everything.
- Check the weather, figure out what to wear today. Get out of sleeping and get dressed.
- Take down the tent. Pack up my gear. Carry it to the trailer.
- Fill water bottles and tires.
- Load the trailer (load time set by the trail boss).
- Go to breakfast. We generally start riding between 7:00 and 7:30; possibly earlier on long days.
- Ride 1/4 of the route and stop for water; about five minutes.
- Ride the next quarter of the route and stop for lunch; about 30 minutes.
- Ride the third quarter and stop for water again.
- Ride to the end, text my wife to tell her I arrived, find my gear bags and/or unload the trailer, lay out tent and sleeping bag to dry, pitch tent when dry. Set out solar charger (clips to tent poles) to charge backup battery for phone. I generally finish riding between 2:00 and 3:00.
- Take a shower, wash today’s riding clothes, put up clothes line, hang clothes to dry.
- Write today’s blog entry. Download mail, check messages.
- Check out the town or rest until dinner.
- Eat dinner, go to tonight’s pre-ride meeting for tomorrow.
- Either find an outlet and charge phone, or charge it while I sleep, from the battery.
- Read, hang out, get ready for bed. Set out tomorrow’s riding and post-ride clothes. (In reality, I have had very little time to read. The e-books from the library arrive at very different times than expected, and are due before I read them.)
- Go to sleep and get ready to start the whole process again tomorrow.
It is a day off. I took down my laundry, as there is a parent event for the high school leadership school currently in progress, and they want the place to look pretty.
Then I rode into Jackson for breakfast at a local coffee roaster and wandered around town.
Jackson has a quaint old western town section with false fronts and wooden sidewalks; this part of town leans toward expensive shops. There was a fur store. A mannequin in the display window modeled a tiny fur bikini. I could not bear to take a picture. The archways into the town square are made of shed elk antlers.
I walked beyond there, to where the folks who live and work here live – in trailers and manufactured housing.
There is a park with climbing walls, and a ski hill right on the edge of town – from a few blocks away it looks like you’d ski right onto the streets.
I found a cafe with the 4 basic food groups – chocolate, pastries, espresso, and gelato.
Perusing next week’s ride profile, it looks like the hard part starts now; a couple of passes over 9000 feet, one of which is part of tomorrow’s 100 miles.
We stay in Wyoming for the whole week and actually ride mostly west-to-east;)
Before leaving Jackson, I need to put in a word about the Teton Science Center, where we are staying. It is an incredible facility. To learn more about their programs, see their website.