It’s all go over here in my Stoke Newington Bat Cave/shared rented flat. In the last week, there have been tears, tantrums, cider and quite a lot of questions about what type of tyre Beyonce has – the answer to which, alas, I do not know.
This week, instead of the relatively important task of planning my route for the first couple of days (how am I in a position that I know my route for almost the ENTIRE journey, bar the first couple of days?), I’ve been doing things like: writing things for other people about how women are undervalued in society and stroking my chin. I’ve been stroking my chin so much, I actually don’t know how people find the time to have real jobs.
When I wasn’t stroking my chin and buying more vegetables than I can feasibly eat in three days I was, as above, crying etc. I was also putting things in a holdall, trying to lift it, then crying some more when I thought about those jeffing mountains. Now, sitting in the abject chaos of my bedroom writing this, acutely aware that I need to wash my hair before I go and drink with my pals until I cry again, the question I ask myself is: WHY? WHY DO YOU KEEP COMMITTING MYSELF TO DOING STUPID THINGS? I digress.
So, for those of you with an interest in the type of tyre Beyonce has, I still can’t tell you, but here’s a list of the other shiz I’ll be cycling up a mountain with very, very soon.
Bike & Bits
Beyonce (she’s a Specialized Dolce)
Comedy horn, generously donated by my handsome prince, John Dinnewell.
2 x Ortlieb rear panniers (courtesy of Lyon Outdoor)
1 x Handlebar bag (courtesy of Lyon Outdoor)
Repair Kit (partially lovingly provided by Bella Velo)
2 x Inner tubes
Puncture repair kit
Swiss army knife (technically not for repairs but incongruous in any other list)
Cycling Kit (all lovingly provided by Specialized & Bella Velo)
Specialized jersey & shorts
Bella Velo jersey & shorts
Pair of Specialized armwarmers
Pair of Specialized warm gloves
Pair of Specialized cycling shoes
Fitness Wear (all lovingly provided by Vevie Active)
Brooks running trainers
Other clothes & bits
Journal (it’s sparkly)
Generic toiletries stuff & bit of the old war paint
First aid kit
3 x vests
Sony Action Cam HDR-AS 100 V (lovingly provided by Sony)
External hard drive
So there you have it. If you think I’ve missed anything vital, you’ve got approximately 12 hours to tell me. GO!