Checking the counter I see it is a mere 8 days, 22 hours until I depart for Zurich and the start of the Swiss ride. Bill leaves this Friday ~ 3 days from now! And what have we been doing to get ready? Well, Bill took a long weekend off in tropical Missouri, attending banquets and otherwise preparing for apres-ride activities, including, I presume, practicing that surprised look upon discovering a forgotten wallet when the tab hits the table. Me, on the other hand, well I've been WORKING the roads and hills. Saturday it was 103.6 miles with 5,555 feet of climbing. A couple of 25 mile days since, each with a climb up Chipmunk Ridge Road (nee School Section Road) and I've worked my riding up to over 3600 miles this year with about 174,000 feet of climbing.
Now, if Bill would just take off another week. And attend a few more social functions. And bring his mountain bike to Switzerland... Then there may be a chance of us riding at more or less the same pace.