Empty Days

Wednesday, September 29, 2004



So what's the situation?

The situation is this - it's pretty damn cold out there, in the open I mean. So the next unavoidable step is to gather my wits and my good luck and go get some shoes that can handle this weather - some sort of boots, right.

The next reasonable step would be to find something to supplement my sleeping bag for warmth as it certainly can't handle near-zero temps as it is.

The third step is probably still that rain-suit - the vynil one i've got will get me wet on the inside in any kind of serious rain - and frankly, if it's cold rain as it would be in october, i gotta wonder what it will be like biking in it. Seems to me would be a bit hellish.

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But the main thing is: the root-canal is half-done since yesterday and once the "bruise" goes away, it won't be bothering me anymore. So I can take off now if i want. Right. Do I want to? It seems like I do but who knows.

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I will need some luck to pull it all together - like if I can't find no shoes, what do I do etc.

Of course I can also take my tender-leather city boots with me and ruin them forever - they're not really designed to walk in tall grass full of dew or some dirt road full of rocks. I never suspected I would actually get around to explore such primitive conditions - hence no proper footwear around.

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Another thing is the bike itself. I thought of changing the derailleur, putting on a longer chain as well as a front derailleur - but it might all be a bit too ambitious for my current skills. The rear-wheel is still as wobbly as ever and I am not exactly sure I can handle the truing process without completely ruining it (this being my first attempt at it). So maybe I won't do a damn thing to the bike and just use it as is already.

Finally there is this problem of not enough space in the so-called panniers. I intend to carry that big thermos with me on this fall-trip after all. Not to mention all the cold-weather clothing that will make packing somewhat bulkier than it was in august. Will have to think of some work-around - one idea is to put a sports-bag on the rear rack and attach sleeping-bag and wool blanket to the side instead. Experimenting due.

Also - no mat to put under sleeping bag. Should I get one? It's pretty bulky. Might regret not having one, with the much colder ground-level temps. Hmm.

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In the end it's all very relative - I might as well forget a few of these "requirements" and take off regardless. The main thing is this: do I want it bad enough yet?





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