The Pedalshift Project 368: C&O But Slow Takeaways

The Pedalshift Project 368: C&O But Slow Takeaways

10 takeaways from a bike trip that was supposed to be slow but ended up being quite different than anticipated…

The Pedalshift Project 368: C&O But Slow Takeaways

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C&O But Slow Takeaways

10 takeaways from a bike trip that was supposed to be slow but ended up being quite different than anticipated:

1. Unplanned Higher Mileage Day: Despite the intention to have a slow and leisurely ride, the trip ended up requiring a high mileage day due to weather conditions and route changes

2. Changing Routes Due to Weather: The need to avoid bad weather led to a significant change in plans, including a decision to ride to the cabin instead of continuing on the planned trail

3. Encounter with Rolling Coal: The trip included an unpleasant experience of being coal-rolled by a truck, highlighting some of the challenges and hostility faced on the road

4. Gear Issues: Mechanical problems, such as issues with the bike’s gearing, added to the difficulty of the trip. This required on-the-go adjustments and highlighted the need for future maintenance

5. Utilizing Lights for Safety: Riding on exposed and less-traveled roads necessitated the use of fully charged lights to ensure safety, especially in low visibility conditions

6. Importance of Flexibility: The trip underscored the importance of being flexible and adapting to changing conditions, such as unexpected weather and route challenges

7. Strategic Zero Days: Taking a zero day (a rest day with no riding) proved to be a wise decision to avoid riding in bad weather and to recuperate from a strenuous day

8. Food and Hydration Management: Managing food and hydration was crucial, with stops to consume snacks and hydrate, especially given the physical exertion and varying conditions

9. Navigating New Routes: The journey involved navigating new and less familiar routes, which added an element of exploration but also required careful planning and adjustments

10. Reflection on Pace and Experience: Despite the trip being more challenging than expected, it offered valuable experiences and insights, leading to reflections on the importance of pace, enjoying the ride, preparation, flexibility, and resilience.

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