Whew. I’m here and I’m pooped.
My adventure started in Nashville at the Greyhound bus station. The TL/DR version of the Greyhound leg of my journey is that the bus into Nashville was 2.5 hours late which caused me to miss a connection. I ended up getting into Washington DC at 5:30pm. That left plenty of time to walk over to BicycleSPACE to pickup Tank Bicycle.
It turns out that my bike was damaged in shipping. It wasn’t anything too serious, just bent forks. They normally charge $100 to reassemble a shipped bicycle. The cost to align the rear triangle and the front fork was $75 each but they gave me a break and only charged $75.
The next phase was to get myself over to my motel room in one piece. I wish I had planned this part better because it was getitng dark by the time I set off. I shipped my bicycle lights and my phone mount ahead to my room instead of carrying those parts with me so I could use them on the ride from the bike shop to the motel. My seat post was adjusted a little too high so that, combined with the fact that I was having to navigate by pulling my phone out of my short pockets plus not feeling comfortable because of my lack of good lighting, plus carrying a heavy backpack on my back, made for an anxious and somewhat uncomfortable ride.
I arrived at the Best Western and was relieved that the front desk guy promptly informed me that i had packages waiting for me. I hustled my bike and my boxes to the room and performed a quick inventory to make sure all the important pieces where there and they were. Jen can attest to this but I’ve been stressing about things I might have forgot. I was terrified that I would get here and something really important wasn’t in my boxes… tent, sleeping pad, sleep bag anyone?
As I type this, I’ve had dinner at the restaurant next door, attached the lights and adjusted the seat on Tank Bicycle and I’m now sitting in bed, eating a chocolate brownie that I ordered to go – it’s heavenly.
Before going to sleep, I’ll review the guide book for tomorrow’s section, review the weather for tomorrow and make sure I can find the trail marker at the very begining (it’s hard to find I’ve read).
I’m excited to start pedaling.