I leave for Banff tomorrow. It feels a little bit weird. The 'To-do' list has shrunk from something seemingly insurmountable to a shopping trip at City Market for some batteries, toothpaste, and antidiarrheal medicine and laundry. I also need to find myself a plastic spoon. The bike got a clean bill of health this morning. As far as I can tell, my body has a clean bill of health. I did not curb my caffeine addiction. Working at coffee shops didn't help the cause. I'm working hard to contain my excitement.
I did my final gear check this morning laying out every piece on a sleeping pad before putting it back in it's place. Then I went for a final ride.
A ride that ended at Long Lake which was just warm enough for a swim. It felt good to linger knowing that for the first time in the recent past, I had nothing that needed doing. It was time to just be. To enjoy the green, the views, the company, the trails.
And I have to say, while I'm not even going to try to express my excitement and anxiousness to get on the road tomorrow morning, I'm leaving with a profound sense of peace that when I come back, I get to come back to this.