Thoughts on where to start when you know nothing

So I know I want to tackle the Greenbelt Route in about a year.  One of the first things I did was inform my friends and family — nearly all of whom pretty much just rolled their eyes and said something along the lines of yea yea, we expect you to do this so go and do it.  Now, I don’t know if I should be flattered that everyone has such great expectations for me — or concerned that so many of them perceive what I am setting out to do as an assumed success.

The current map of the Greenbelt Trail as of March 2016
The current map of the Greenbelt Trail as of March 2016

I’ve never done this before.  This ain’t hiking where I’ve failed (and fallen) before and continued where I left off.  The longest I’ve ever rode my mountain bike is 50km for the Ride for Heart in downtown Toronto.

Some of the things that top my concerns are:

  1. Can I still use my mountain bike?  I’m in the process of saving money for a home so I don’t really want to spend more money where I don’t need to.
  2. What upgrades do I need?  Or, what bike components do I need to replace to ensure success on this bike tour?
  3. I don’t even know how to fix a flat or replace chains (other than by force) — I’ll probably need to learn this stuff.
  4. What are the logistics going to be like once I’m on the road/trail?
  5. Can I do this without a car or car support?

Will start to assess my current situation once things slow down a bit with work and life.

Author: Ehren Cheung

An explorer of life and data. Reluctantly philosophical. A seeker of the ultimate cookie. Another tree-friendly soul with an affinity for hiking and sketching.

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