Getting Ready! Social affairs, eating, shopping, tinkering, sorting

One week and a day until I leave for Helsinki! When I decided to ride my bicycle around Europe, I never imagined there would be so much preparation! Get on your bike and go, right?  Sure – but not realistic.  Ultralight gear, a bike makeover, and tools and know how if my bike has issues have been my obsessions over the past few weeks. I just seam-sealed my tent in the gorgeous sun, and now I’m about to pack my panniers for the first time and hope that all my stuff fits with room to spare!

IT’S REALLY HAPPENING! I’m actually having to say “bye” (see you later!) to people which is weird, and I’m getting a bit nostalgic too, realizing that I’m really going to miss people – and my dog.

Alright, enough stalling.  I’m going to put a bunch of crap in a couple bags, then go for a bike ride, drink some beer and have a picnic with my awesome friends in the sunshine.

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