Just as I have done for my previous bike trips, I have composed a list of the lessons learned from my Sierra-Cascades ride:
|Biking at Yosemite.|
- Don't ever pass up the opportunity to let cowboys help you.
- Sometimes there will be downhill in your uphill.
- You're the only thing in your way.
- John Muir had damn good taste.
- Jump for joy, and jump often.
- Do not place the head of your tent over an ant hill.
- Trust, but verify, Google Map's bike directions.
- If presented the opportunity, definitely climb Half Dome.
- If presented the opportunity, definitely bike around Crater Lake (ideally in non-blizzard conditions).
- Seize the moment to ride naked.
- At the onset of a tour, make sure your spare tubes do not have any patches.
- Limit the number of patches applied to a tube to two -- three max, if necessary.
- Do not purchase a new jar of peanut butter until the previous jar of peanut butter has been completely consumed.
- Rather than letting the unsynchronized two-ply toilet paper peeve your pets, simply resynchronize the sheets (as described by Fulvio, in the comments to Day #3: Stream of Consciousness).
- One can never cease to be amazed by the generosity of strangers.
- Lifelong friends can be made in just a few days.
- A real dinner at the end of the day is far better than a bean burrito. (Thanks Ferit & Dilek!)
- Each and every summit, no matter the elevation, is a summit well earned. Take a photo to cherish the moment.
- It's best to end a trip wanting to ride forever.
- It's the journey, and not the destination, that matters.
- There's no value in pushing your passion beyond the point of enjoyment.
For additional lessons learned from my other bike trips, see:
Note to Self: For next bike trip, get sponsorship from Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter. :)