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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Preparations for the Dream Ride

Although to some on the outside it may seem that the idea of the 'Dream Ride' has been a spontaneous, perhaps even dangerous, undertaking on my part, there has actually been a lot of thought and preparation that has been going on behind the scenes to make sure it goes both smoothly and safely.

 First off, there is the scheduling. 

I'm going to be taking not one, but two days, off from work.  This will allow me to get up on the morning of June 22nd, daven, eat breakfast and do some last minute packing... and then go back to sleep until mid-afternoon.

Anyone who knows me knows that this will not be a problem since (B"H) I can sleep anywhere, anytime that I want to.  By getting up late in the day, I will begin the process of tricking my body's internal clock into resetting itself for the start of the ride just before what would normally be my regular dinner time.

By placing the first part of the ride just after waking up, but during the night, I will have the luxury of being fresh when my body's circadian clock would otherwise take the darkness as a sign that I should be settling down for the night.

By the time I actually reach the mid-point of my ride, it will be morning, and the bright sunlight (coupled with a light meal) will help keep me feeling fresh.

I will also be taking forced rest stops of between 10 - 20 minutes every two hours or so to refuel both the bike and myself.  Keeping the blood flowing and allowing myself to get off the scooter to stretch and walk around a bit are essential to staying focused on the road. Nobody can maintain the necessary focus on driving for that long without taking breaks.

I should point out that several friends and blog readers have offered to call me on my cell phone during the ride to 'keep me company', and at least two people have offered to meet me at pre-determined rest stops to share food and coffee.

If anyone else wants to be able to call me or meet me during the ride ... send me an email (treppenwitz at gmail dot com), and I'll be happy to send you my cell phone number.  I have a bluetooth system in my helmet so I won't even have to take my hands off the handlebars to answer and end calls.

I have given a lot of thought to clothing and pretective gear.  In addtion to the armored jacket and gloves, I have picked out comfortable clothes and added special equipment (Colorado Coolwear) to my attire so I don't overheat in the desert.  I've also invested in a cushion designed by an award-winning company that makes seat pads for pilots, long-haul truckers and those confined to wheelchairs, so that I don't get too saddle-sore.

I've installed a 12V outlet on the scooter to be able to keep the various electronics (phone, iPad, etc.) charged, and I just had a big service done where pretty much every nut and bolt on the scooter was checked by a mechanic that I trust completely.

I've mounted a small carrying case onto the back of the scooter for a change of clothes, food, water, tools, emergency medical supplies and spare fuel... and the shop where I got the scooter serviced gave me a gift of a 'Camel Bak' drinking system so I'll be able to sip water safely while riding (remember, much of the ride will be through serious desert at the end of June!)

As I mentioned earlier, my next step will be to try to organize volunteers at various points around Israel who will meet me at pre-determined spots to sign my trip log.  This, along with time/date stamped gas receipts, will help me get the ride certified.  So if anyone, especially in the extreme north and south of the country, wants to step up and play this important role... leave a comment or drop me an email.

More updates to follow... but if you haven't donated yet, please PLEASE do so (and encourage others to do so as well), so we can reach the goal of $10K for the Efrat Emergency Medical Center Radiology Suite before June 22nd.

Posted by David Bogner on June 14, 2011 | Permalink

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Sounds like you've thought of everything... though I don't see that you're bringing a camera. Hope to not only read about your experience, but to have visuals (and not just of the sites, but of YOU in the various places you stop along the way!)

Enjoy the ride!

Posted by: val | Jun 14, 2011 3:39:12 PM

Val... Yes, I will have a small digital camera with me to take pictures whever I stop. But I was really hungering for a nice video camera that attaches to my helmet. Sadly, they are between $150 - $200... way beyond my current gadget budget. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jun 14, 2011 3:46:26 PM

Make sure your water supply is sufficient,and the rest stops are shaded,the mid June desert climate can be brutal. Good luck,and I hope you make the $ target.

Posted by: ED | Jun 14, 2011 5:20:10 PM

I'm sure that someone at one of the tv channels would be more than happy to lend you a nice helmet cam. Why yes, they might even be interested to feature you somewhere. You're up to a great, newsworthy story.

I don't have any contacts in the Israeli tv industry, I really wish I had... does anyone around here have? Come on people, get that blogger a helmet cam!

Posted by: a. | Jun 14, 2011 5:49:15 PM

Are you planning on stopping anywhere on the 443? Based on your scheduled route, I guess that would be your first pit stop, but it might be too soon to stop, no?

Aaaaanyway, if you plan on pitstopping somewhere between Modi'in and Kvish 6, and need someone for the first stop, I am happy to volunteer to sign your trip log. And wish us both a happy day-before-our-birthday :) Let me know!

(btw, my exciting birthday plans are nearly as involved as yours: I have to convince Morey to remember to get the car washed. Yes, that is my birthday request. What can I say, I'm a cheap date.)

Posted by: Alissa | Jun 14, 2011 7:01:35 PM

IF you are going near Shlomi, let me know, and I'll see if my friend Esther can help you out.

Posted by: Robin | Jun 14, 2011 7:38:32 PM

B'hatzlacha! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Posted by: SaraK | Jun 14, 2011 10:53:23 PM

I'm in the Shlomi area, too. If I can be of help - I'll gladly help!

I can't help but see you in front of my inner eye passing roads filled with spectators throwing flowers ;-) Too much tour de France exposure..? We'll see!

Posted by: Lila | Jun 15, 2011 12:34:30 PM

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