This is the first of what promises to be many posts. Today I bought a new Surly bike from River City Bicycles in Portland. Stefan over there has spent a fair amount of time with me the last couple of weekends and today I took possession of my new Surly Long Haul Trucker. When I got home I hit the road for a little ten mile jaunt. It’s a great bike and I’m looking forward to putting in a few miles before the trip begins. Last week I went over to REI in Clackamas to pick up some camping gear I’d ordered online. New tent, sleeping bag and pad. I have a three page spreadsheet with all the equipment I have to get the next couple of months. The bike is one big ticket item and the other will be the trailer which I’ll order next week.