Friday, September 05, 2008
Obviously I have some serious concerns about our cross-country undertaking, most of which involve me getting injured, having a nervous breakdown, or being eaten by a dog. But there are also less serious questions on my mind lately that I'd like to share. I'd classify these as girly concerns, and they're mostly jokes. Mostly.
What do I do with my hair?
It's going to be uncomfortably hot for much of our trip, and I have out-of-control hair that will become very irritating just sitting on my neck in a ponytail. I ignored my mother's suggestions to wear it in pigtails or stick it up through the helmet vents. I did ponder shaving my head but I'm not sure it's the hair style that I want for my first year of teaching, especially since I don't think I have the facial structure to pull it off. And my hair would be impossible to work with as it slowly grew out.
How do I pack for this trip?
I suppose the real question is, how do I reconcile myself to Kyle's very spartan packing plan? We obviously need to pack very light since our trailer will be (1) small and (2) pulled along by our exhausted legs, but I'm going to negotiate for more socks at least.
What do I take for my one non-cycling outfit?
Kyle's packing plan allows for one, at most two outfits that aren't our cycling gear. Get ready for a lot of photos in the same clothes. They better be stunning and comfortable.
Is there any way to avoid intense cyclist tan?
No amount of sunscreen can fully counter 7-10 hours of summer sun every day for a month. Hopefully we'll avoid skin cancer or sun poisoning, but the lines where our socks, shorts and shirts hit are going to look mighty silly when we're finished. I've seen the tans on serious endurance and touring cyclists. But honestly I'm not overly concerned about this one. I went from years of shinguard tans from soccer to years of ankle brace tans from ultimate; my legs haven't been a uniform color since elementary school.
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