since I last posted I haven’t done anything to prepare for the ride. i went shopping for bike shorts and decided that the unsightly hole in mine will probably only mildly offend my biking companions, so they don’t need replacement. i’ve continued to ride my bike to work. i’m up to about 200 miles for the month. i bought some new gloves, and some toe covers. it’s beginning to feel like fall (read- it’s cold!). i just want to pack and go, tomorrow.