So Ed's getting things in order for the epic journey from Anchorage to Denver. His last day workin' for the Man is Thursday. After the requisite good-bye potluck (featuring Little Smokies and Ro-Tel), he'll have all weekend to get ready for the roll-out. I hope some people will join him on the ride.
Here are some answers to the FAQs:
1. It will take him about five weeks.
2. Yes, I am totally okay with his trip.
3. No, I'm not worried about him.
4. Yes, it is cold sometimes in Alaska.
5. No, I did not vote for Sarah Palin; I campaigned for Andrew Halcro
6. He will have a device on his bike for search and rescue but it features a link to Google Maps.
7. Family and friends CAN add to this blog by entering their comments below. Let 'er rip.
And, with a little encouragement, Ed emailed me the following:
The "Manifest Bike Manifesto"
Laws according to Ed
Statement 1:"I am not crazy, most everyone else is, really."
Statement 2: "My trip expectations are some of the great days of my life. With maybe a couple of the tough ones."
Statement 3: Quotes by other people that are awesome:
"If you have paid your debts and made your will, and settled your affairs and are a free man, then you are ready for a ride."
- Thoreau/Witterholt, Walking/Cycling
"One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy."
- Sir Richard Francis Burton
(and Tara's personal favorite)
"Don't sell all your time." - Dick Gregory
Next up: The machine. But first, a picture -
Ed finally got the living room the way he likes it and now he has to move: