This is Where I’m Going (Probably)

Here’s the itinerary for the 2017 Finish Well Ride. Look at it and if I’ll be near you at any point, let me know. I’ve plugged in a few two- or even three-day stops. Really those are cushion days so that if I don’t make my mileage (mainly in the mountains) then I can catch up.

There are about a dozen points on the map where I have a contact that dictated the general direction I’ve decided to go. After that I basically filled in the details by just picking the most interesting place names on the way (i.e. Rustic, Dinosaur, Chilly, Good Grief, etc.).

The last bit in Canada is still being looked at by my Canadian peeps and blanks will be filled in and probably tweaks made later.

 

2017 Finish Well Ride Itinerary

Start Day July 20 – OKC  to Crescent – 50 miles (81 km)

July 21 – Crescent to Medford – 70.9 miles (115 km)

July 22 – Medford to Country Acres Baptist Church (Wichita, KS) – 76.8 miles (124 km)

July 23 – Rest in Wichita

July 24 – Wichita to Stafford, KS – 85.3 miles (138 km)

July 25 – Stafford to Plainville – 120 miles (194.52 km)

July 26 – Plainville to Menlo – 84.9 miles (137 km)

July 27 – Menlo to Goodland – 56.9 miles (92 km)

July 28 – Goodland to Eckley, CO – 89.1 miles (144 km)

July 29 – Eckley to Akron – 40.3 miles (65 km)

July 30 – Akron to Raymer – 60.3 miles (98 km)

July 31 – Raymer to Ft. Collins – 68.5 miles (111 km)

Aug. 1 – Rest

Aug. 2 – Ft. Collins to Rustic – 42 miles (68 km)

Aug. 3 – Rustic to Walden – 57.5 miles (93 km)

Aug. 4 – Walden to Steamboat Springs – 59 miles (96 km)

Aug. 5 – Rest

Aug. 6 – Steamboat Springs to Lay – 60.9 miles (99 km)

Aug. 7 – Lay to Dinosaur – 68.8 miles (111 km)

Aug. 8 – Dinosaur to Red Canyon, Utah – 70.2 miles (114 km)

Aug. 9 – Red Canyon to Lyman, WY – 83 miles (134.km)

Aug. 10 – Rest

Aug. 11 – Rest

Aug. 12 – Lyman to Diamondville – 41.8 miles (68 km)

Aug. 13 – Diamondville to Montpelier, ID – 76.5 miles (124 km)

Aug. 14 – Montpelier to Pocatello – 87.5 miles (141 km)

Aug. 15 – Rest

Aug. 16 – Pocatello to Arco – 85.3 miles (138 km)

Aug. 17 – Arco via Carey to Ketchum – 83.2 miles (135 km)

Aug. 18 – Rest

Aug. 19 – Ketchum to Chilly, ID – 40.9 miles (66 km)

Aug. 20 – Chilly to Salmon – 94.4 miles (153 km)

Aug. 21 – Salmon, ID to Sula, MT – 58.3 miles (94.5 km)

Aug. 22 – Sula to Missoula – 83.3 miles (135 km)

Aug. 23 – Missoula to Thompson Falls – 101 miles (164 km)

Aug. 24 – Thompson Falls to Hope, ID – 69.2 miles (112 km)

Aug. 25 – Hope, ID to Coeur d’Alene – 62.1 miles (100 km)

Aug. 26 – Rest

Aug. 27 – Rest

Aug. 28 – Sandpoint to Good Grief, ID – 59.7 miles (97 km)

Aug. 29 – Good Grief, ID to Cranbrook, B.C. – 53.2 miles (86.2 km)

Aug. 30 – Cranbrook to Premier Lake – 40 miles (65 km)

Aug. 31 – Premier Lake to Fairmont Hot Springs – 38.4 miles (62 km)

Sept. 1 – Fairmont HS to Radium Hot Springs (or maybe farther along) – 23 miles (37.3 km)

Sept. 2 – Radium HS to Castle Junction – 65.5 (106 km)

Sept. 3 – Castle Junction to Banff – 20 miles (33 km)

Sept. 4 – Banff to Ghost Lake – 47.8 miles (77 km)

Sept. 5 – Ghost Lake to Calgary – 41.9 miles (68 km)

Sept. 6 – Calgary to Drumheller – 83.6 miles (167 km)

Sept. 7 – Drumheller to Youngstown – 80 miles

Sept. 8 –  Youngstown to ?????

Sept. 9 – ????? to Red Deer

Finish Well Ride: No More Easy Days

June 1 – Fifty days from today I’ll be taking off from Oklahoma City on another bicycling adventure that, if all goes well, will end 50 days after that in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

The 2017 Finish Well Ride is starting to loom large on the horizon.

Just an hour ago I got a commitment from a couple willing to drive sag wagon 10 days for the last gaping hole on my itinerary.

Thank the Lord, things are finally coming together.

Never mind that I can barely ride 60 miles and then need a couple of rest days afterwards. That’ll get worked out.

As the day draws near the voice in my head that says “you can always ride tomorrow” is now getting overruled by the voice that says “you don’t have time to mess around.”

I like that voice.

Actually, that voice can be merciless sometimes, but I like how I feel when I obey that voice.

My aunt told me how she was once talking to my grandfather, who was a man of few words, but who, when he said something, was worth listening to. She was complaining about how hard her day was and he said, “Did you want an easy one?”

I think I understand what my grandpa was trying to convey: Easy days don’t make us better. They don’t produce endurance or character.

So while it might seem preferable in the short term, it’ll get you nowhere in the long run, whether we’re talking about a ride to Canada or life.

Sure, rest is a blessing, but a life full of easy days can be a curse.

Here’s to no more easy days…at least for a while.