I received good advice before departing on this adventure: success will depend more on how you recover from activity than the activity itself. In other words, we can blast away all we want in the morning, but if we don’t have an effective strategy to recuperate, then mild muscle stiffness will eventually become nerve pinches, minor rubs will become blisters, and cramps will graduate to immobility.
It seems to me that this is good advice for many things. It’s more than just taking care of small things so they don’t become bigger. It is also a strategy to achieve greater things in life, but with less peril of collapse.
What we are attempting is big, especially for people with our scale of health limitations. It is a very long bike ride, it is a long time for individuals to work, sleep and live together so closely, and it is a big departure from our usual obligations and duties. Attending to these things each day is part of the recovery process, and sets us up for even bigger things in the days to come.
So this was a rest day; a day to fully unpack and move into our RV space, stretch, do bicycle maintenance and sleep. And that is what we did.
PS but it was also Canada Day, and we are situated in one of the prettiest towns that I have seen, so it was also a day for Ribfest, crowds and raunchy live music. Go figure.